While the G-Power 1 M Coupé made use of the original model’s 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six, the G1 HURRICANE RS borrows the 4.0-liter V8 engine from the M3 E92 Coupe.
The compact sized G1 V8 HURRICANE RS goes from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.4 seconds and to 200km/h (124mph) in 12.7 seconds) en route to a top speed of 330km/h (205mph), making it the fastest 1-Series model in the world, according to G-Power.
The tune continues with a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels mounted on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in the dimensions of 255/30 ZR 20 at the front axle and 295/25 ZR 20 at the rear axle, a more power powerful braking system with 396 mm Ceramic-Carbon discs and a KW suspension kit.
G-Power’s visual enhancements on the outside are limited to the new wheels, a lightweight carbon fiber hood with a power dome and vent openings, plus a carbon fiber boot that incorporates a CSL style spoiler lip.
Inside, G-Power has upholstered most of the interior including the re-shaped sport seats and steering wheel in two-tone leather and Alcantara surfaces.
As a complete vehicle as viewed here, the G1 V8 HURRICANE RS costs €141,176.80 (about US$182,900).
BMW’s all-wheel drive system will currently be offered on two 1-Series hatchback models, the 120d xDrive and the sporty M135i xDrive.
In normal driving conditions on the road, the permanent AWD system directs 60 percent of the drive torque to the rear wheels and 40 per cent to the front wheels, but it can adapt the distribution of power instantly and variably to the given situation.
The 120d xDrive is powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel generating 181Hp (184PS) and enabling acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 7.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 225 km/h (140mph).
Sitting at the top of the range is the M135i xDrive that gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six producing 315hp (320PS) and 450Nm (332 lb-ft) linked to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission.
The AWD system helps the M135i shave 0.2 seconds off the 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint compared to the RWD model with the automatic transmission and 0.4 seconds over the RWD version with a six-speed manual at 4.7 seconds.
The third new model to join the ranks of the 1-Series range is the new entry-level diesel 114d that is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit delivering 94hp (95PS) at 4,000 rpm and 235Nm (173 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm.
The 114d completes the standard sprint in 12.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 185 km/h (115mph). Its average fuel consumption is 4.1 to 4.3 lt/100km (up to 57.4mpg US or 68.9mpg UK), while the relevant CO2 emissions rating is between 109 and 112 g/km, again depending on the tire and alloy wheel sizes.
Preview: BMW Active Tourer Concept 1-Series Gran Turismo FWD
The Active Tourer Concept as well as the production vehicle it will spawn next year are based on the BMW Group’s UKL1 platform that will be available in two lengths.
The tall-five door hatchback has an exterior length of 4,350mm (171.2-inches), a width of 1,834mm (72.2-inches) and a total height of 1,560mm (61.4-inches), while it rides on a relatively long wheelbase of 2,670mm (105.2-inches).
For reference, the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class measures 4,359mm long, 1,786mm wide and 1,557mm tall.
According to BMW, the study is geared towards “customers of the premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, a raised seating position and a generous amount of space,” adding that it will also be attractive to families “who attach importance to functionality and versatility as well as lifestyle and athletic flair.”
The design of the Concept Active Tourer is in line with BMW’s newest creations, namely the 1-Series, 3-Series and 5-Series models.
At the core of the upgrade package is a comprehensive tune of the 1M Coupe’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six.
With this newly found power the 1-Series M Coupe by G-Power zips from 0-100km/h (62mph) in 4.5 seconds and climbs to a top speed of 300km/h (186mph).
G-Power fits the BMW coupe with a height-adjustable G coil-over suspension featuring nine selectable settings each for bound and rebound, and a high-performance braking system with six-piston calipers and 396mm discs.
The car rides on G-Power’s own 20-inch Silverstone wheels shod in Michelin tires size 255/30 ZR 20 at the front and 295/25 ZR 20 at the rear axle, while G-Power also offers a contrasting decal kit.
2013 BMW 135is (M135i) Coupé and Convertible (US Market)
While BMW won’t be bringing the new M135i hatchback models to North America, it will compensate with the introduction of an enhanced performance version of the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible called the 135is.
Positioned under the 1-Series M Coupe that is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six with 335hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, the new 135is gets its power from BMW’s N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six tuned to deliver a peak output 320hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, or 20hp and 17 lb-ft more than the 135i.
Both the Coupe and Convertible models will be offered with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox andan optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission driving the rear wheels.
The Bavarian firm’s engineers also added a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which is said to provide electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher threshold before activation. Both the DSC and DTC can be disabled entirely.
An electronic rear brake management system is used to mimic a differential lock for better acceleration in turns and low-traction conditions.
The new 135is Coupe and Convertible models are scheduled to reach U.S. dealerships this fall with pricing set at $44,145 and $48,845 respectively (including $895 destination and handling).
In comparison, the 135i Coupe starts at $40,195 (with handling/destination) while the 1-Series M Coupe retailed for $47,010, which doesn’t make the 135is much of a bargain if you consider the fact that the price difference with the M model can be easily offset by the latter’s 19-inch M Competition wheels and high-performance tires…