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Driving dynamic programs for perfect handling of the car.
The chassis and suspension of the BMW 1 Series Coupé underlines the dynamic and sporting character of the car, ensuring a high standard of steering and driving precision all the way to the extreme limit.
ABS anti-lock brakes and ASC Automatic Stability Control preventing the drive wheels from spinning when setting off are naturally featured as standard.
CBC Cornering Brake Control also fitted as standard stabilises the car whenever necessary during application of the brakes in a bend.
All of these functions are part of the car’s DSC Dynamic Stability Control applying the brakes specifically on individual wheels in particularly demanding situations and reducing engine power in order to prevent the rear end of the car from swerving round (oversteer) or the car “pushing” out of a bend over the front wheels (understeer).
Naturally, the new BMW 1 Series Coupé still retains its dynamic driving character despite this superior control.
Being networked with the optional Active Steering, DSC is also able to prevent the car from swerving out of control on surfaces with a varying frictional coefficient (modal split) by countersteering with the appropriate force.
DTC Dynamic Traction Control is available as a sub-function of DSC for optimised traction and grip on the road. Compared with the basic DSC setting, DTC allows higher slip on the drive wheels by moving up the DSC response thresholds and enabling the driver to set off, for example in deep snow, with the wheels slightly spinning.
A further advantage of DTC is higher lateral acceleration all the way to a controlled power slide in bends. And if he wishes, the driver is able to completely deactivate the DSC system.


Software-controlled differential locking function for even better traction in the BMW 135i Coupé and the BMW 123d Coupé.
To ensure optimum traction with superior engine output and powerful torque, both the new BMW 135i Coupé and the new BMW 123d Coupé come with special improvements for enhanced traction. The main focus is on promoting a sporting and ambitious style of motoring, for example when accelerating out of a bend or hairpin.
To ensure enhanced traction in the DSC off-mode, that is with DSC completely switched off, a software-controlled locking function slows down the drive wheels when spinning in an appropriate, properly controlled process. This, in turn, enhances the car’s traction without any negative effects on its steering behaviour.
The new BMW 135i Coupé comes not only with a sports suspension, but also with appropriate modifications of the ASC and DSC driving stability systems, taking the particularly sporting character of the car into account.
And as a further point the top model in the range has an even more spontaneous control map for the gas pedal.

High safety standard exceeding international requirements.
The safety concept of the BMW 1 Series Coupé is based first and foremost on the stable and solid body of the entire model series. High-strength steel, the specific structure of the Coupé’s body and special deformation elements serve to meet all legal standards and requirements in international markets and fulfil the conditions for excellent results in all consumer protection tests relevant the world over. In particular, the new BMW 1 Series Coupé is expected to show optimum results in the IIHS side-impact crash test.
No less than six airbags come as standard within the new BMW 1 Series Coupé for optimum protection of the car’s occupants. The frontal airbags are activated in two stages as a function of impact severity, while side airbags integrated in the front seat backrests reduce the risk of injury at chest and hip level in an impact from the side. Curtain head airbags fitted in the roof lining, finally, protect both the occupants on the front seats and the passengers at the rear.
As yet a further feature, the new BMW 1 Series Coupé comes as standard with crash-optimised seats, specially padded headrests and backrests significantly reducing the risk of injury in an impact from the rear.
All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts and headrests, with the front seat belts fastened on the frames of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats, keeping the belt in an optimum position around the occupant’s hips regardless of seat height.
With the pedals being moved back automatically and with predetermined deformation of the footrest in a head-on collision, the risk of foot injury affecting the driver is reduced to a minimum.


Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:43  

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