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BMW Announces 1 Series M, 650i Convertible Pricing at World Premieres

BMW introduced two hot new models at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit: the 1 Series M Coupe and the 650i Convertible. The latter has a much improved look from the previous generation, which always looked unwieldy.


The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will go on sale with a base MSRP of $47,010. The all-new 2012 BMW 650i Convertible will start at $91,375. The updated and better-equipped 2012 BMW 1 Series models will be priced as-follows: 128i Coupe, $31,825, 135i Coupe, $39,925, 128i Convertible, $37,475, 135i Convertible, $44,675. All prices include $875 destination and handling fee.

It’s no understatement to praise the looks of the new BMWs. "BMW has it styling mojo back. This car is distinctly BMW and attractive, which is a good combination," said CEO Jeremy Anwyl. There is nothing quirky about the 650i’s styling as was the case in the past.

The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, at $47,010, has essentially a BMW M3 chassis with Competition Package packed into a modified 1 Series body, according to BMW. The 1 Series M Coupe features one of the most powerful inline-6 engines BMW has ever built, massive brakes, and a wide footprint for maximum agility and stability in the spirit of the original BMW M3, which was a race-ready homologation special. The 1 Series M Coupe will be available in limited quantity as a 2011 model.

BMW’s new 650i Convertible ($91,375) goes on sale as a 2012 model. It features BMW’s 4.4-liter, “reverse flow” V-8 engine with 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available including the standard 6-speed manual and BMW’s brilliant optional 8-speed automatic, both suited perfectly to the sport-luxury mission of the 6 Series. As with the previous 6 Series Convertible, the new 650i Convertible features a super insulated folding soft top which can retract in 19 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 25 miles per hour. The interior of the new 650i Convertible features a fresh, ergonomic design with more passenger space (much needed), improved ergonomics, and materials choices, including optional full-leather trim with contrasting stitching.

BMW has also announced upgrades for the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models. They have received substantial enhancements for an early start to the 2012 model year. The 128i model has received BMW’s innovative Air Curtain system, which smoothes airflow over the front wheels to reduce wind resistance. All 1 Series models receive updated headlight and tail light assemblies, featuring a new “eyebrow” design up front and new tail lights at rear. Xenon Adaptive headlights - standard on 135i models, optional on 128i models – add LED backlighting for the new eyebrow and LED light tubes in the tail lights. All 1 Series models now feature standard iPod/USB integration.

Convertible models now feature standard through-loading system for improved storage capacity, while 135i models gain standard power seats with adjustable lumbar support. Convertible models receive larger light-alloy wheels, now 17” diameter on 128i Convertible and 18” diameter on the 135i Convertible.

The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, as well as the 2012 650i Convertible, and 1 Series Coupe and Convertible arrive at authorized BMW centers this spring.

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