Revised 2011 BMW 1 Series – What’s Different?

Today BMW revealed the revised 1 Series Coupe and Convertible. The 2011 versions have slightly tweaked exterior and interior styling along with a few other changes. The modifications are pretty subtle, so we’ve compared the current and the new version to see what’s different.

The 1 Series Coupe (buzzScore 7.8) and 1 Series Convertible (buzzScore 7.8) are both great cars that achieve impressive reviews. The 2011 models have had a slight update, which is mainly cosmetic.

There is a new front bumper with larger air intakes, which BMW say creates an ‘air cushion’, reducing air drag. This means the car is more aerodynamically efficient, which improves fuel economy.

The new 1-Series Coupe:

1 series new coupe

The current 1-Series Coupe:

1 series coupe old

Erm… Are you struggling to spot the difference? Don’t worry, so are we.

It’s extremely difficult to tell the new Coupe from the current one.

Apparently, aside from the front bumper changes, other exterior tweaks include new headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog-lamps within the front bumper and new wheel styles.

The new 1-Series Convertible:

1 series convertible 2011

The current 1-Series Convertible:

1 series convertible old

The differences between the current Convertible and the new one are slightly easier to spot on the two photos above. The new fog-lamps result in a much sportier appearance.

For the back-end, there are new rear light clusters with an integrated LED strip. Though again, the changes are nigh on impossible to spot!

Two new paint colours are available, Vermilion Red and an odd sounding Marrakesh Brown.

2011 1 series interior

BMW have additionally tweaked the interior, with new trim colours, and two smart new steering wheels with gear shift paddles.


There aren’t any big changes for the new year. Just a few little tweaks that only true car geeks will be able to spot!

The 1 Series Hatchback (buzzScore 8.1) will be re-launched as a brand new model soon and therefore hasn’t received this facelift.

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