27 August 2004

BMW has announced a couple of new additions to its forthcoming 1-series range - a body kit to add extra oomph to the car's looks, and an extra engine variant. As pictured above, the beefed up One has been seen lapping the Nürburgring, where it was mistaken for the BMW Motorsport division's version. In reality, the revised front bumper, rear valance and new tailgate spoiler will be part of a cosmetic package, at a cost of £895 excluding fitting, and in tandem with four new 18in alloy wheel designs priced from £1,895.

It's sure to be a popular addition to the 120i, which gets a second petrol-powered rangemate, also announced today. Powered by the 120i's 2.0-litre petrol engine in more relaxed tune (right), but badged differently, the 118i will offer much of its quicker sibling's performance for less. It gets 129bhp and and 133 lb ft of torque (compared to the 120i's 150bhp and 148lb ft), accelerates to 62mph in 9.4sec (0.7sec slower than the 120i) and goes on to a maximum speed of 130mph (5mph behind its more potent brother). The trade-off is an extra half a mile of range for every gallon in its fuel tank (38.7mpg plays 38.2) and what is expected to work out at a £1000 saving on the 120i's £18,320 list price.

The 118i will be available in Standard, SE and Sport trim, and 16in run-flat tyres, dynamic stability control, corner brake control, traction control, six airbags and CD player come as standard.

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