Wednesday, August 26, 2009

BMW Mobility Kit

After the day a nail reminded me how vulnerable the Run Flat Tyre is I made a few research into drivers who changed to normal tyres. Most proclaimed how wonderful normal tyres are compared to the dreaded RTF. The top recommended tyre was the Michelin ps2. But since it's not a run flat tyre and our cars don't carry an extra tyre, the The BMW M3 mobility kit is probably the best thing to have. The M3 by the way runs on 19" and since the RTF don't have the technology to runanything thinner than 18", BMW resorted to normal low profile tyres. The M3 mobility kit comes with a portable compressor, tire sealant and a specially designed nylon carrying case, the Mobility Kit can help keep you moving if a flat tire comes along. Just plug the compressor into your BMW’s electronic socket to bring an air supply within reach. The gloves looks kinda out of place but useful in an emergency.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Neep for speed - Tommy Milner Driver GT2 M3

Here's a an awesome video of the BMW M3 GT2 racer featuring Tommy Milner. Great shots of the barebone race version of the m3. Makes you want to jump in and race.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Don't like the colour? vinyl it

Vinyl is catching on to give car paint manufacturers a run for their money. I have seen celcom suvs on the road with this technology. Pretty soon we can change colours of our cars like clothes. White today, black tomorrow. Here are some pics of enthusiast trying out the vinyl.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Why not a 2006 Porsche Boxster or a Ferrari 355

I've been asked many times by friends why wouldn't I consider a getting boxster or a 355 instead. After all the cost of getting one is about the price of the msport. The used car prices fluctuates by the week. One week it's 350k the following week it's 298. It's a buyers' market now. In fact I did actually considered to buy one of this before I decided to go safe with the msport. To me the 325i is probably the best performance car we'll ever need in the real world. There's really no need to go beyond if your criteria of selecting is purely driving fun 1st and babe magnet last. Here are some of my reasons.

2006 Boxster (299k offered)

How often we get to drive with the top down. The weather is humid, the air laden with thick diesel most of the time. Being a 2 seater have too many drawbacks. 0-100 is nothing to shout about. In fact I think the msport is quicker. Maintenance is another scary story. Maybe 1 or 2 repair shops in KL can do the work but who knows when the gearbox and the engine's gonna give way. Parking the car is another challenge all together. Door dents, razor-blade torn roofs are some of the scary stories. This car doesn't only attracts babes, they attract vandals too. So really apart from being a great car that shouts "my car is better looking than yours", there's not much to go on.

Ferrari 355 (285k offered)

This car screams "look at me I've got a small penis". Pain in arse to maintain. Pain in the arse to park. Pain in the arse to drive in the city...pain in the arse... The only thing I think it serves a purpose is if you go to the track often. On the real world it's pretty useless. You like to drive it to big functions but then you may not like to valet park it. You need a fulltime mechanic or own a workshop to keep it. So no go for me. I may be a car nut but not to that extend.

The 325 msport on the other hand is great to drive regardless of weather, 4 can sit comfortably, maintenance is free for a good 3-4 years, the car is common and wouldnt really attract the undesirables like a Lexus of a 5er or the Boxster. Hmm.. I could go on...

Friday, August 7, 2009

New BMW Vision Z concept car

Today's technology seems to able to do anything. Here's a great story of how a spy picture shot in Frankfurt was unveiled the next day by a very creative and imaginative photo retoucher. Best part is the car hasn't even been unveiled yet.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

BMW Driving school Formula BMW track day Sepang

Here are some photos of the BMW driving school using the Formula BMW cars. The course costs each participant RM4500. Pretty expensive but it's one of those rare chances to drive a single seater. Probably the closest for the man in the street to experience what F1 drivers go through in a race.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Solution to dirty carbonised tail pipe

One of the more challenging things I found cleaning the car, was getting rid of the black carbon on the tail pipe. I've tried strong polish, steel polish, and even hot boiling water to try and soften the carbon but to no avail. Last weekend I got creative. Saw an old man cleaning his dirty pot with scour pads. Went home and tried it. I have to say the technique is so simple. All you need is 1 scour pad (go into your kitchen I'm sure you'll find some). Next dip the pad in your car shampoo. Scrub the tail pipe. Voila, no more black carbon stains.

Btw, why is the tail pipe always carbonised? A mechanic told me that the fuel mixture is not balanced. Too much petrol in the combustion. BMW? any answers?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Nail in my Run Flat Tyre!

The inevitable happened! Whilst cleaning the car, I came across a strange metallic piece embedded in the middle of my rear tyre. On closer inspection the fear of having a nail puncture struck a chord. This fear have been plaguing many bimmer owners since the day they used the RFT. Is this going to be really expensive affair? Do I have to change the entire wheel? I have read numerous forums of owners lamenting the lack of repair on the RFTs. No tyre shop would guaranteed the safety of a mended tyre. Made a check on recent posts and there seemed to a big group who has patched up the RFTs. From what I gather there seems to be 2 different weays of mending the tyres.

1 Plug: The plug technique. This is a simple way to plug a puncture. No need to remove the entire tyre from the rim. Just look for the hole and push in the plug. Together with some sealant the tyre is good to go. A big CAUTION on this method. It's not recommended to be used on the M SPORT as the plug might dislodge itself the same way it came in when the car is flying beyond 160km.

2 Patch: The method is the safer way to mend the tyre. The whole process takes about half an hour. The mechanics will have to remove the entire wheel and mend the tyre from the inside. The photos above is self explanatory. The wheel needs to be rebalanced after the patching job as the tyres were removed for the repair. The entire job costs rm25 for the patch and another rm10 for the wheel balancing. So let's see if the much debated about RFT repairs holds any ground. On theory it seems plausible that repairing the tyre should be ok.

My conclusion from this experience is that the RFT concept while it's great for safety but it sucks in reality. Our roads are paved with all sorts of debris, pot holes and other whathaveyous... Not many tyre shops knows how to repair, let alone remove the unique RFTs. The best part of it is that it didn't show up on the idrive. So you bimmer owners out there do check on your tyres periodically. The engineers should have thought about this when they decide to put it into thousands of bimmers.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BMW leaves F1

Pretty bad news for us Bimmer fans. Well at least the WTCC is bringing a bit of consolation for us lately. Below are excerpts of BMW's departure from F1.

BMW confirmed this morning that they are to leave Formula One at the end of the season stating that the resources ‘freed up’ from its exit from the sport will be deployed in other areas. The German car maker took over the Sauber team in 2006 and has since gone on to record one victory.

“Of course, we, the employees in Hinwil and Munich, would all have liked to continue this ambitious campaign and show that this season was just a hiccup following three successful years,” said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. “But I can understand why this decision was made from a corporate perspective. We will now focus sharply on the remaining races and demonstrate our fighting spirit and put in a good result as we bid farewell to Formula One racing.”

The current season has been a struggle for the Hinwil-based team with Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica 13th and 15th in the championship respectively.

The team had expected to challenge for the championship this year having recorded its first win with Kubica behind the wheel last year in Montreal.

However the F1.09 has not proved competitive and despite the various aerodynamic updates, remains one of the slower cars in the field.

“It only took us three years to establish ourselves as a top team with the BMW Sauber F1 Team,” began Board of Management member Dr. Klaus Draeger. “Unfortunately, we were unable to meet expectations in the current season.

Nevertheless, our ten years of Formula One experience have had a major impact on our development engineers. We have racing to thank for numerous technological innovations as well as the competitive spirit that drives us to develop mass-produced cars.”

The team stated that redundancies at both Hinwil and Munich “cannot be quantified at present.”

It is expected that the signing of the long-awaited Concorde Agreement, the legal document that ties the teams with the sport’s governing body and the commercial rights holder, will be completed shortly.

However, this makes the coming days critical for the sport as rumours persist that BMW may not be the only car-maker looking at its option before agreeing to remain in the sport until the end of the 2012 season.

Ongoing speculation suggests that both Toyota and Renault are considering their future in the sport, speculation that will only be heightened by BMW’s surprise announcement today.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

2010 5 series

Here are some renderings of the new 5 series. According to forums, this are the closest to the real front design of the new 5. It looks great and I can almost see the value of the current 5 plummets to god knows how low. Thats the bad thing about owning a bimmer. The new model designs really makes the generation before look bad.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mod wisely

Bimmerworld Bmw 325I Exhaust View Bimmerworld Bmw 325I Rear View Bimmerworld Bmw 325I Front View

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The making of the E90

Poor LCI

Just came across this on a forum and sometimes you kinda wonder why would people do certain things. It's just my rant I suppose. I'm sure you would have a big reaction seeing this too. I'm a great believer of good design concept. But when you mess around a product of great design it becomes a pile of ****.

Monday, July 13, 2009

LCI steering problems

One of the popular rants about the new LCI is the power steering. I never like it since day 1. It felt remote and not really as precise as my older cars. Of late the seems to be more travel on the steering. Progressively it became worse. A low clunk is felt whenever the steering is turn anti clockwise. You don't really know how important a precise steering is. Only when it starts to act funny. Made a complain with the BMW service. They say it's not a common problem. Anyway I send it in and they took 2 days to sort out the kink... well sort of. The steering felt lighter and smoother after the repair but there's still the little soft clunk. Well if you are reading this and have this problem, do send it in. It's not suppose to be there. I've read in the forums where some drivers say it can't be fixed and usually it has a bit of free play on the steering.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bridgestone 3rd Generation RFT

Here's the latest news regarding the infamous RFT ( Run Flat Tyres).
Bridgestone has announced their latest generation of RFT that promises to address the issue of harsh ride. Hopefully this new generation RFT delivers. Reading from the Autoblog review, it seems promising. The tyres perform as well as non RFTs.
Below are excerpts from autoblog:

Consumers embraced the additional mobility and safety benefits of the 2G RFT, but they never warmed to the handling compromises as a result of the additional unsprung weight, the harsh ride (the sidewalls are a noticeable 15 percent harder than a conventional tire, says Bridgestone), or the expensive replacement cost (up to 30 percent higher, in some cases). Frustrated, many vehicle owners exchanged their run-flat tires with conventional tires even before it was time for their replacement.

Meanwhile back in the laboratory, Bridgestone engineers were hard at work developing the third-generation run-flat (3G RFT, above) designed to address these concerns head-on. Their research and prowess resulted in three new cutting-edge technologies:

  • Unique ply construction: The reinforcing layers of a tire are called the "ply." Bridgestone developed a tire ply that uses the heat generated by a deflated tire to contract and curb deformation. In simple terms, the material in the new sidewalls automatically shrinks to abate damage from abrasion and heat. When the tire cools, the ply automatically returns to its original state.
  • New rubber compounds: Laboratory-engineered rubber compounds, Bridgestone calls them "NanoPro-Tech," are also used in the sidewalls to limit heat. Conventional tire compounds warm through friction between the carbon and polymers (two common tire ingredients). By optimally distributing the polymers, friction and heat are minimized. Of course, this also reduces energy loss increasing fuel economy.
  • Innovative heat control: Bridgestone developed so-called "cooling fin" technology for the new tire. Molded into the sidewall are small protrusions (think of them as miniature spoilers). While this seems rather rudimentary, they effectively disrupt the airflow at the surface to help radiate heat and cool the tire. Thermo-vision (heat sensing) photography of the "cooling fin" technology in action shows a dramatic improvement when compared to smooth sidewalls.

Bridgestone utilizes these technologies independently, or combined, based on the specific design parameters and size of each 3G RFT tire application. For example, the lower sidewalls of a sports car (e.g., BMW Z4) will unlikely receive cooling fin technology, but a higher-profile tire with more weight to bear (e.g., non-sport BMW X5) would have the cooling fins. Regardless of the formula, Bridgestone says all of its new 3G RFT tires are designed to operate safely with zero pressure for up to 80 kilometers (about 50 miles). But, more on that a bit later...

Leaving the technical jargon in the classroom, Bridgestone encouraged us to try its new third-generation run-flat (3G RFT) from behind the wheel. Lacking sensitive test equipment to capture objective differences between the 2G and 3G tires, we were understandably apprehensive approaching this tire "comparison." After all, how does one subjectively "feel" through fast-food sculpted posteriors the subtle nuances in ride quality that reportedly differentiate the two generations of run-flat tires? The answer was Bridgestone's European Proving Grounds in Italy.

The European Proving Ground (EUPG) is to a tire enthusiast what an unattended pharmacy cabinet would be to a drug addict – pure bliss. Located 50 km (about 30 miles) south of Rome, the purpose-built facility is a sprawling high-security testing ground for the latest in Bridgestone tire technology. Set within the outer perimeter gates of the four-year-old complex is a glass-smooth four-lane oval nearly 2.5-miles in length with 35-degree banking in each corner. Inside the oval, and connected for high-speed runs off the main track, is a massive skidpad (an amazing 22 acres of smooth concrete!), two independent short road courses, a wet handling course, and several side-by-side lengths of paved straight-aways designed to mimic various smooth and rough pavement surfaces found around the world. The whole package is wrapped in neatly manicured grounds sprawling with blooming Italian wildflowers.

Strapped in near identical late-model BMW 5 Series vehicles, Bridgestone offered us the opportunity to drive three different variants of its high-performance RE050A tire back-to-back: Conventional, 2G RFT, and 3G RFT.

We drove the conventional RE050A first. A high-performance tire fitted to such cars as the Nissan 370Z and Lexus IS-F, the standard rubber was comfortable on the smooth sections. The course/rough pavements didn't provide much of a challenge either as the compliant sidewalls absorbed the abuse without drama. We've put thousands of miles on these high-rated tires in the real world with few complaints.

Next, we tried a set of RE050A "2G" run-flats, the OEM application found on thousands of late-model BMW and MINI models. Owners appreciate the run-flat technology, but have raised issues with ride quality initiated by the stiff sidewalls and additional mass rotating on each wheel. While they were comfortable on the smooth sections, the compromises of the 2G run-flats were immediately evident when we entered the first sections of rough pavement. What had been damped by shock-absorbing sidewalls on the standard tires was now transferred into the cabin in the form of sharp, and rather uncomfortable, impacts. This test reinforced what many owners have expressed and what we have personally experienced.

The final run through the test course was done with the all-new RE050A "3G" run-flats. Eureka! Surprising even the skeptics among us, the third-generation tires were nearly imperceptible in ride quality from the standard tires (non run-flat) we had driven on merely minutes earlier. The ride was very comfortable. According to Bridgestone, test instruments reveal that the slight difference in ride quality was a near-imperceptible 5 percent change in harshness.

Bridgestone also allowed us to drive a 3G RFT technology-equipped vehicle with a flat tire through a simulated slalom course. The car handled sloppy, and the tire howled when pressed, but it was entirely controllable. Afterwards, the tire wasn't even very hot to the touch.

Driving their message even further, we were shuttled by bus out into the Italian countryside for some real-world observations. Another fleet of late-model BMW 5 Series vehicles were fitted with 2G RFT and 3G RFT tires for back-to-back comparisons. Bridgestone held us close (with pace cars front and rear) as we toured 2-lane roads across farms and into the surrounding hills. The roads were in fairly lousy condition, but they again demonstrated the newfound compliance one can expect with the third-generation run-flat.

While Bridgestone states that all of its new 3G RFT tires are designed to operate safely with zero pressure for up to 80 kilometers (about 50 miles), the reality is that a run-flat tire is designed to get you safely off the road and out of harm's way to where the tire may be safely serviced or replaced. In truth, a virtual clock starts ticking the moment a RFT loses pressure (the frictional stress and heat literally "cook" the service life out of the rubber compounds). Consequently, high vehicle loads, high ambient temperatures, and high speeds accelerate the clock, while light loads and cold temperatures slow it (when we experience a loss of pressure with a run-flat, we immediately pull over safely in the hope that the tire may be properly repaired before it is destroyed by driving on the vehicle). Of course, run-flat tires should never be fitted to a vehicle without a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

The track sessions and test drives made it clear that Bridgestone has eliminated the biggest objection to run-flat tires – abusive ride quality. We never had an opportunity to push the performance envelope of the tire, but Bridgestone says the tread compound of the RE050A 3G RFT is identical to that on the conventional tire, so the grip levels should be very high. Lastly, the cost of RFT technology has come down a bit. While pricing has not been announced as of yet, Bridgestone expects the 3G RFT to carry a 20-percent price premium over the equivalent conventional tire, a small price to pay from a safety aspect.

Bridgestone's third-generation run-flat technology also seems to have clearly addressed the issue of comfort that plagued its predecessor. Moreover, the new "NanoPro-Tech" polymers and "Cooling Fin" technologies will undoubtedly allow the company to expand the fitments and marketability of the new 3G RFT product line, likely helping to bring the cost down even further.

While the first two iterations of zero-pressure tires from Bridgestone delivered the safety and mobility they promised, their negatives frequently outweighed the benefits... particularly in performance applications. Bridgestone's third-generation run-flat tires seem to represent a solution with far fewer compromises. It is a path we are finally willing to take.

Monday, July 6, 2009

LCI Internet Connected Idrive

Here's a glimpse of how the idrive would be even more engaging with internet connectivity. Hopefully this feature will be available in Malaysia soon via BMW Assist. My advise, don't buy a bimmer without idrive. You've been warned.>

Friday, July 3, 2009

BMW 3 series GT 2011

Here are some photoshop renderings of the 3 series GT that will be rolling off production lines in 2011. I don't think it will look this bad!

MUNICH, Germany — BMW has confirmed its plans for a 3 Series hatch called the 335i Gran Turismo, which follows in the footsteps of its bigger relative — the 2011 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. It's slated to hit the streets in 2011.

Like 5 Series GT, the 335i GT will carry a price premium, settling in between the standard 3 Series and 5 Series. It is meant to rival Audi's A4 Avant lineup as well as the new Q3 SUV, which is an interesting point considering the compact X1 crossover is similar in size to the 335i and already set to come to the States in 2011.

With comparable models like the X1 and 5 Series GT, BMW offers proof that a global recession is not hindering its production plans: "We haven't cancelled the crossover of the 3 Series, as it is considered a volume builder with which we can earn good money," said BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer.

Like the 5 Series Gran Turismo first shown at this year's Geneva auto show, the 3 Series GT will have a unique two-stage tailgate, giving owners the option of opening just a small part of the trunk or the complete tailgate (including the rear window) if more space is desired. Remember, BMW does sell a wagon version of the 3 Series in the U.S., so the Gran Turismo will bring the model's body style count to five (coupe, convertible, sedan, wagon and the GT five-door).

Sources also tell us that two seating configurations will be offered, a four-seat or a more practical five-seat setup, and BMW's latest turbo and diesel engines will be offered. As far as we know no M3 version is planned. --

BMW Performance Kit - Black version

Thursday, July 2, 2009

M sport & iphone - Perfect integration

e90 LCI M sport in 4 colours

Here are the four official colours that you can choose from. Titanium Silver, Le mans Blue, Black and White. I have not seen it in any other colours apart from the 4 I mentioned. White and Black seems to be the popular choices just looking through the web. Over in KL I haven't come across any Le Mans blue on the street. My favourite is still the Titanium Silver. It's got huge presence and looks big in comparison with the other colours.

The white looks too feminine to my liking. To most buyers, white is the new black. Too bad it's very common to see white cars in all shapes and sizes on the road.

The Black is my next favourite colour. Problem with black is that the car don't look like an Msport. The kit is well hidden and I guess some buyers like the subtlety of it.

Le Mans Blue was The M Sport colour a few years ago. Somehow it never caught on. Maybe it's because Blue is a taboo colour for the chinese. Resale value for uncommon colours are pretty bad.

Monday, June 29, 2009

BMW 2012 3 series

Here are some incredible predictions how the new 3 will look. Personally if the new 3 looks anywhere near this pictures, it'll definitely be another hot seller! The new looks certainly have some strong resemblence to the latest GT 5. The current car visually looks obsolete compare to the designs above. Never underestimate the power of design!

6 months of battle scars - kerb rash

After 6 months of sheer pleasure ownership, here are some minor rants. Despite being a VERY careful driver, I have to admit, the road conditions in KL is pretty ****ed up! Even with features like park assist and tilting wing mirror, there's still blind spots that BMW still needs to improve. Perhaps a parking camera would be the last resort. Like it or not this tiny scratches actually hurt the most. Once it's there your eyes won't miss them. I called up a touch up shop and they want RM240 for the bumper scratch and another rm140 for the rim repair! Hmmmm.... damn if you don't, damn if you do. Will post pics once I have this imperfections sorted out.
Sheer Pleasure just turned to Sheer Pain!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

2009 bmw LCI Idrive video

This video is easy to understand what idrive does for the driver. It can be tough to convince someone who has never use the idrive how much more engaging it adds to the driving experience. Here's a sample of what the idrive does: 

Friday, June 26, 2009

matt black - the new black

I have to say it's a rather strange irony. We all want our cars to look glossy and we spent thousands to keep it that way. But lately there's been a big shift to unglam the cars. To make it more street. All this fast and furious themes are making it's way to Bimmerdom. I'm still old school I guess. But heck it's your money and you do what the hell you want with it!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

2010 Facelift BMW 1 Series - New specs and engines

Looks like the 3 series, the 1er is next for a facelift. This is fresh from the BMW site. For 2010 BMW has decided to release a few subtle and not so subtle changes to the 1-Series

In the engine department, two new entry-level models are being added to the lineup.

BMW 120i Coupe
2.0-litre four-cylinder with BMW High Precision Injection (direct gasoline injection)
125 kW/170 hp @ 6,700 rpm
210 Newton-metres/155 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
0 - 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds
224 km/h or 149 mph top speed.
Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 6.6 litres/ 100 kilometres, the CO2 emission rating is 153 grams per kilometre.

BMW 118d Coupe
2.0 litre with aluminium crankcase, turbocharging and common-rail fuel injection.
105 kW/143 hp @ 4,000 rpm
300 Newton-metres/221 lb-ft between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.
0 - 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds
210 km/h or 130 mph top speed.
Average fuel consumption according to the EU standard of 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 62.8 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of 119 grams per kilometre.

Both new variants of the BMW 1 Series Coupé come as standard with a wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as
Brake Energy Regeneration, an Auto Start Stop function, a gearshift point indicator and ancillary units with on-demand management and control.

BMW 1 Series Lifestyle and Sport Editions

The new Lifestyle and Sport Edition Models add further class and style. The Edition Models excel in particular through particularly attractive, high-quality and carefully matched features and equipment, and are available on all engine variants of the three-door and five-door.

The Lifestyle Edition exudes stylish extravagance both on the exterior and in the interior of the BMW 1er, highlighted by body paintwork in exclusive
Marrakesh Brown Metallic including additional components in body colour and chrome-plated tailpipes as well as exclusive light-alloy rims in five-spoke design. All models come with 17-inch wheels.

On the five-door the exterior is rounded off by the car’s special finish on the window shaft covers and side window surrounds in
Shadow Line, on the three-door in Chrome Line. Chrome entry trim proudly bearing the name “BMW Edition“, a leather sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons, and roof lining in anthracite colour provide a particular touch of modern elegance within the interior.

The exclusivity of the Lifestyle Edition is highlighted to an even higher level of perfection by the interior colour scheme matched to the colour of the paintwork. Features include
interior trim in high-gloss Marrakesh Brown as well as door panels and seat upholstery in Magma Brown. And as an alternative to Network cloth upholstery there is also the choice of Pearlpoint upholstery with Magma Brown cloth / leather.

The exterior and interior features are also carefully matched to one another on the Sport Edition Model, giving the BMW 1 Series particularly dynamic and powerful character. The
Edition Models come as standard with the M Sports Packageincluding the M Aerodynamics Package, a sports suspension set-up as well as 17-inch light-alloy wheels in dual-spoke design. The BMW 130i and BMW 123d feature 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey paintwork available as an option also on the other model variants. Exclusive Blackline rear lights, exterior features in body colour, Shadow Line on the window shaft covers and side window surrounds, foglamps and chrome-plated tailpipes on the exhaust round off the striking look of the exterior.

The sporting and exclusive flair of the interior is highlighted by
chrome-plated entry trim bearing the name “BMW Edition“, stainless-steel pedals, an M footrest, an M sports steering wheel, an M gearshift lever complete with its gaiter made of soft nappa leather, interior trim in Aluminium Glacier Silver and roof lining in anthracite colour. As yet a further highlight the BMW 1 Series Sport Edition comes with sports seats for the driver and front passenger in a combination of cloth and Sensatec featuring blue ornamental stitching around the seat bottoms and headrests. And to provide the final touch the footmats are adorned by blue piping.

In conjunction with one of the navigation systems available as an option the
BMW 1 Series proudly boasts the new generation of BMW iDrive electronic vehicle management. Entering the 2010 model year, the BMW 1 Series furthermore comes as an option with a new version of the Business navigation system, its new control concept allowing even easier and more precise control through iDrive featuring direct choice and favourite buttons.

The new Control Display with 800 x 480 pixel image resolution ensures detailed presentation of maps in two dimensions or in a perspective view, complete with integrated arrow graphics. Storage of navigation data installed within the car serves to provide even faster access to the system. And last but not least, the audio unit included within the new control system comes complete with a CD player.