Saturday, June 30, 2007

Spy Shots? Official 1 Series.

Thanks to and They have provided the car community with real photos of the new 1 series. Pictured is the 135i, the 6 Cylinder Twin Turbo car. Said to go 0-62 in 5.3 seconds, this car really isn't the best looking out there. The lines are a bit odd, the front end is really not too beautiful. But the interior looks quite good, and the car as a package will be hard to compete with.

Where else can you get 300 hp and 300 ft lbs. of torque in a car like this? Not to mention the potential already seen in the 335i in basically the same package.

With BMW re-entering this small car segment, other automakers will soon follow. I hope the 1 series does well because it will only spark Cadillac to follow the same market, and create a true competitor under the CTS. It's just too bad we can't get those diesels.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The 1 Series, 2009 CTS-V

If you Build it, people in Socal will buy it to remain socially acceptable.

The beloved 1 series is back, this time without that pesky camo. The rear end looks like it has some work left, but everything else looks production ready. I really can't envision a way this car will not sell. I mean I have probably said it before probably, but with this supposedly starting at around $25k, the price, the look, and the prestige is there. See it here at World Car Fans.

Expect this to be what the 3 series of old was, a capable class leading car, that is light and tossable on a track, but also smooth and quiet on the road. And step for a second and imagine the 3.0 liter Twin-Turbo engine from the its bigger sibling the 3 series, in this smaller lighter package. An underrated engine with loads of potential and torque in this small frame would be, excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin. Instead of seeing the vaunted e46 3 series everywhere you go, expect to see this little Bimmer that can.

The "V" of Envy

Motor Trend has a story in their recent issue about the next CTS-v, claiming 600+hp, from a supercharged LS7. Now, many have been predicting for a while now that the rumored "Blue Devil" Corvette, which WILL have 600+hp, from a 6.2L V8. Why Motor Trend originally ran in print they would put a 7.0L hand built expensive to manufacture engine in this car with concerns about price being to high already is beyond me.

But Motor Trend has backtracked on their website, saying their "sources" are now telling them 6.2L..... Perhaps their sources are bloggers such as myself, or anyone with half a brain who can read any car enthusiast site. But maybe I am being to harsh on Motor Trend, they have been right a couple of times.