The BMW 1 Series began its life back in 2004 when the
3-Series was moving up in the world and BMW needed another
small family car to serve as an entry model. It started off
as a 5-door hatchback, but was introduced as a 2-door coupe,
a 3-door hatchback, and a convertible in 2007.
The current engine selection consists of a 3.0L I-6 producing 230hp and
200 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0L twin turbo I-6 producing 300hp
and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to either a
six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.