Frankfurt 2011: BMW 1-Series [Live Photos]
First off, the styling is much better, and the car looks wider and more luxurious thanks to some 5-Seris features. The room inside is better,especially in the trunk, but mixing hatches and rear-wheel drive will always leave you cramped.
Frankfurt has seen the arrival of the new 1er in its 118d and 118i forms. The former offers a 2.0-liter diesel four-pot with 143 hp from 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque. The standard sprint takes 8.9 seconds and the top speed is 212 km/h r 132 mph. Impressive, when you add the 4.4 liters of fuel this burns.
As for the 118i, this is the most powerful petrol at the moment, having 170 hp from a 1.6-liter unit with TwinPower Turbo and direct injection technology.
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