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ckolsen
02-15-2005, 12:31 PM
"Donít spend too much time studying this photo of the new top-of-the-line BMW130i hatchback premiering in Geneva in March and going on sale in Europe later this year. Itís what lies under the sheetmetal that counts for U.S. customers.

Once BMW hammers out the styling on a 1 Series sedan for the U.S. market, look for our 130i to arrive in 2006 with the same powertrain as its Euro counterpart. That means the top-of-the-line 130i will pack a 3.0-liter, 258-hp, 221-lb-ft inline six mated to a six-speed manual, which should be good for 0 to 60 mph in about 6.0 seconds. BMW says the 130iís handling has not been adversely affected by the larger engine, noting the 130i has lapped the NŁrburgring in eight minutes, 35 seconds, just 20 seconds shy of the 3.2-liter 343-hp M3."
Chris
'95 325i

in the Continent and the stringent U.S. homologati
02-16-2005, 10:18 AM
I'd be surprised if U.S. gets 4dr/2dr before us!
'08 is still a more likely releasing time..
Can't wait that long? Well the all-new e90 will be on the markets by the mid'05!

blue-coupe
02-17-2005, 05:10 PM
From what I understand, the sedan will come to the U.S. well before the wagon does (unfortunately).

'07 125Ci
02-19-2005, 11:39 AM
Latest estimate of the next 1er modeIs I saw was like:
facelifted(!) 5-door in 2007
3-door in early 2007
2-dr coupe in late 2007
convertible in 2008
M1 2-dr in 2008
sedan not confirmed yet
also estate and minivan are planned,but not any suv-style 4x4 "X1"..
Next engines are modern new I-6 petrol with 218hp and 258hp.
I'd like to see a 2-dr stripped-out sub-2600lb BMW 120Ci CSL/120Cti with a mag-block I-4 and 125+kW.

jim86325es
03-24-2005, 03:22 PM
in the US? I agree... it's what is under the metal that will count. I might be looking at a trade in if the price is right.

86 325es
89 535i
90 Mazda Protege'
04 Hyundai Tiburon GT
04 Hyundai Tiburon SE
00 Chevy Suburban 2500
1 wife - 4 kids - 2 dogs - 2 cats = insanity

Aaron_NHiX
03-24-2005, 04:29 PM
With the dollar to euro valuation, I'm betting well north of $30k for a 130i. That is of course if BMW feels it'll be viable to bring it here. I'd imagine the margins will be razor thin unless the dollar gains significant strength.

IF it were availble for $28k, I (and I"m sure many, many others) would be all over it. But let's face it, BMWNA does not believe in selling a Roundel badged auto for less than $30k. Hell the Cooper S is closing in on mid 20's now, and BMW doesn't want an overlap.

Funny...
03-24-2005, 08:07 PM
I would say right in the middle of the price of the 3 series:

Manufacturerís Suggested Retail Prices for the 325i and 330i sedans are $30,995 and $36,995 respectively. See link for 3 series pricing.

quicker and more refined than the cramped einser!!
03-26-2005, 09:55 AM
Can't wait that long!? Maybe 130i wouldn't be such a big seller cuz the all-new E90 330i with its new clever gizmoz is actually quicker than the 130i (5.6 plays 6.0)!!
All-new E90 even has a superior rear seat appointments rather than the ultra-cramped +2 seats of the 1er!
Face it, the E90 is the main competitor of the 1er, and considering the stringent federalization process, BMW NA may decide it isn't profitable to import 1er to US..

Funny...
03-26-2005, 02:03 PM
Well, the 330i does cost more so it makes sense that quicker* and has more space.

*can you post any links to prove you claim that it is quicker?

'06 335CTi 325whp
03-28-2005, 08:54 AM
Auto Zeitung 6-05, Auto Motor & Sport 7-05, C&D April-05 the list goes on :)...
If you can't obtain those issues, some of them may actually have network pages, could try searching..

ezsce46
05-10-2005, 03:00 PM
8:22 --- BMW E46 M3 (12/2000)
8:35 --- BMW 130i

E46 330's are around 8:40, so def. faster than the E46. ******>
<img src="http://members.roadfly.org/ezsce46/Webbo2.jpg">
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tg
05-10-2005, 10:12 PM
No one has seen a sedan prototype yet. Here in europe small sedans in the hatchback segment donīt sell.Cars like the VW Bora/Jetta or the Renault Megane classic have a purely old people image here,just like Buicks .A 1er sedan would get the same image even as a BMW, and they will not make a small sedan just for the american market, especially not in the current currency situation.Itīs the most unlikely of all 1er variations.Whats so bad about a hatch? Its a very practical car concept.

05-11-2005, 09:06 AM
All cars that have got more than 3 doors have the "old fart" image,at least in the "ff szene". Not just estates,but also the current 5dr tall hatches.. They got a dull & boring image,so BMW needs quickly provide the long avaited sporty 2dr(3dr) 1er/2er model that's absolutely crucial in order to attract younger buyers,who might otherwise choose Golf,Astra GTC,focus,corolla,megane or even a civic or merc A-klass!

Descendant
05-16-2005, 07:11 PM
Yea, you can get a Cooper for mid to upper 20s. I speced out a Cooper Convertible for 27K and Cooper S Convertible for 32K :p

Descendant
05-16-2005, 07:12 PM
Not to mention two cats. I don't get it. :p

JZ 2005 X3 2.5L 6 sp
05-30-2005, 12:53 PM

_WILL_ come to us!
06-02-2005, 09:14 AM
At the same time with the much-awaited einser facelift (to answer the heavy criticism on the bangled-up, messy looks),the true successor of the Z3Coupe is launched.It gets a quick M-model (I6 ~245kw/335hp) and a tuneable Turbopetrol (235kw/320hp,a bit less than MZ4),which is the first ever turbocharged Z-car in history! Other new generation motors include the revvy 2.0L (135kw/185hp), 2.5L (170kw/231hp) and 3.0L (200kw/272hp). Though a very interesting car,the Z4 Coupe likely spells the end to the rumored 2-door 1er (the 2-series).. A 4-door long wheelbase limousine would still be possible?

Lightweightfan
06-04-2005, 05:21 PM
I think we would all like to see a 1 or 2 series CSL car.

E30is.good.4u
06-05-2005, 01:03 PM
A new M1 CSL would be totally awesome! And the perfect engine would be the new atmospheric petrol motor, making nearly 200hp from a mere 2.0 litres thanks to revs and modified fuel injection. That'd would be as close to a modern E30 M3 we are ever likely to get from the BMW.

Pbowler
09-30-2005, 03:35 PM
I can get something like that in a Z4

What about the Turbo Diesel?

Socom
10-10-2005, 02:17 PM
03' ZHP , Sapphire Black, Black Leather, Xenons , Moonroof

MarkCh
10-13-2005, 08:59 PM


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