BMW India has announced the arrival of a new version of its 1-Series luxury hatchback – the Performance Edition, as it’s called, adds dress-up items such as BMW M Aerodynamics, Performance rear spoiler with fins, performance top stripes, black front grill, and M Performance lettering. Surprisingly, featuring the performance badge and the above mentioned add-ons, the BMW 1-Series Performance edition does not get any ‘performance’ upgrade.
BMW 1-Series M performance edition is a limited offering with only 111 units being sold and sales of the car have already started at all dealerships. Compared to the regular 1-Series, the 1-Series M performance edition costs INR 2.45 lakhs. Available at an EMI of Rs 19,999 and with trade in benefit of Rs 50,000, here’s an offer that stands till 25th July 2014.
Like said above, there have been no changes made to the powertrain. The 1-Series is available in both petrol and diesel engine options, the petrol motor comes with 1.6-litre turbocharged offering 136 bhp power and 220 Nm torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. The car gets a top speed of 210 Kph while the 0-100 Kph sprint is managed in 8.7 seconds. With an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 16.28 Kmpl.
And the diesel variant comes powered by 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo engines offering 143 bhp and 320 Nm torque. Like the petrol version, this engine too comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 1-Series in the diesel avatar does the 0-100 Kph dash in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 212 Kph. With an ARAI certified 20.58 Kmpl makes the diesel powered 1-Series one of the most fuel efficient BMW car sold in India.
The new special edition has been released to compete with Mercedes Benz’s A-Class and B-Class ‘Edition 1’ launched last-month. However, the extremely pricey Bimmer hasn’t enjoyed the same amount of success as its direct competitor, the A-Class. The 1-Series is locally assembled at the BMW facility in the country and on the other hands, the car is scheduled for a mid-life facelift which is expected to launch by the end of this year or early next year.
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