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First Look: 2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe & Convertible

Subtle updates abound.

by on Dec.16, 2010

BMW previews the 2012 1-Series.

Following the long-awaited news of BMW’s 1-Series M Coupe, the Bavarian maker reveals it is making some other notable changes to the 2012 1-Series line-up.

Both the coupe and convertible versions of BMW’s smallest offerings will undergo some tweaking for the next model-year, ranging from the subtle – new horizontal LED eyebrows – to the significant – a switch in engines on the 135 model.

The N55, a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, will make 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.  And you’ll be able to get it mated to a 7-speed double-clutch gearbox, as well as the 6-speed manual now used in the 1-Series.  With either gearbox look for 0 to 60 times of around 5 seconds with the coupe and just under 5.5 seconds with the convertible.

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The base 1-Series will continue using BMW’s naturally-aspirated, 3.0-liter powerplant, rated at 230 hp and 200 lb-ft.

Along with the slight revisions to the front end, the 2012 BMW 1-Series will look a bit more like the rest of the German maker’s line-up, with the addition of LED running lamps.