The BMW 1 Series was introduced in 2004 as a 5 door hatchback running on rear wheel drive with a longitudinally-mounted engine. Though it is built on its own platform (E87), it still shares 60% of components with BMW 3 Series (E90) – such as front MacPherson Struts and trapezoidal-link rear axle.
This 5 door hatchback 130i is running on N52B30 engine – 2996cc Inline 6, 24 valves 265PS (261hp/195kW, 315 N.m (232 ft.lbf) Double-VANOS
The BMW N52 is the 12th generation of its straight-6 engine, its crankcase is made of magnesium and aluminium (first in the world). It uses Alusil aluminium cylinder sleeves, which provides high heat conductivity and have them cast into a lightweight magnesium block, it is the lightest 6-cylinder engine at 161kg (354lb).
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