New range of BMW Tii accessories for 1-series to be shown at Geneva

BMW has revealed a range of optional performance accessories enabling buyers to tweak any six-cylinder 1-series to a specification approaching that of its arresting Tii concept car.To be made public at the Geneva motor show on March 4, the new line of accessories comes in response to increased demand for greater individualisation of the 1-series at dealer level says BMW, which will also be offering a similar line of parts for the larger 3-series from early April. Embracing the engine, suspension, brakes, body and interior, the latest performance accessories have been developed wholly in-house and tested to the same demanding standards BMW applies to all its standard production cars. Although detailed information won’t be issued until the Geneva motor show, Autocar can confirm the options will include a deeper front spoiler with larger cooling ducts and an altered kidney grille. Reworked sills and lightweight carbon fibre door mirrors and a rear spoiler (for the 1-series coupe only) completes the look. BMW will also be offering a range of new graphics packages, including a look that harks back to the Tii concept. Inside, buyers get to choose new sports seats and a trick new steering wheel complete with LED display providing oil and water temperatures, lateral acceleration, optimal shift points for the gearbox and the time. The upgrades available for the suspension include a carbon fibre strut tower brace for added stiffness, retuned springs and the choice of either 18- or 19-inch wheels shod with 215/40 profile tyres. At the same time, BMW is offering upgraded brakes with six pot callipers finished in yellow up front. Engine modifications are slight and involve subtle changes to the inlet manifold and exhaust.Available on all six-cylinder models, BMW doesn’t claim any major improvement in power but says the changes bring added response and a more aggressive engine sound. To be sold through BMW dealers, service partners and retail outlets, each accessory will come with an as yet unspecified warranty.

Greg Kable

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23 February 2008

I'm not a big fan of most of the styling of BMW's range of models and i think the rear of this car could have been better. Having said that, i think they are onto a winner with this. It's more compact, looks pretty good, nice inside, still has the prestige and the usual driving abilities BMWs afford and what's more, not only the usual 5-door model, but you have the coupe and convertible. Added to this the ability to heavily personalise it to your own wishes then what more could you possibly want?

23 February 2008

[quote Brooklands]

I'm not a big fan of most of the styling of BMW's range of models and i think the rear of this car could have been better. Having said that, i think they are onto a winner with this. It's more compact, looks pretty good, nice inside, still has the prestige and the usual driving abilities BMWs afford and what's more, not only the usual 5-door model, but you have the coupe and convertible. Added to this the ability to heavily personalise it to your own wishes then what more could you possibly want?

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That pretty much sums it up for me too.

This model keeps growing on me. I just wish BMW would seriously start to tackle the weight issue too. They seem to be doing a pretty decent job in other areas with their "efficient dynamics", so why not do what Mazda have started to do with their cars and find ways of reducing their cars' weights without compromising quality etc?

23 February 2008

Weight issues are one thing, Design issues are more pressing for me at BMW.

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