BMW Great Britain has announced a fifth engine addition to the new 1 Series model line-up. With a 118i badge on the tailgate, the newest addition to the range is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine featuring the same high technical specification as the 120i already announced. Courtesy of Bi-VANOS and VALVETRONIC technology, the 118i offers 129bhp and 180Nm of torque. Performance figures are impressive with a zero to 62mph time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 130mph.
Fuel consumption is parsimonious with a recorded 38.7mpg on the combined cycle. By comparison, figures for the 120i are 150bhp, 200Nm of torque, 8.7 seconds, 135mph and 38.2mpg. Full specification has yet to be revealed, but the 118i will be available in Standard, SE and Sport models and standard specification will include 16 inch Run-flat tyres, Dynamic Stability Control, Corner Brake Control, Traction Control, six airbags and CD player. Prices have yet to be finalised, but the entry-level car is likely to have an on-the-road price of £17,300.Published 4 September 2004