BMW's new model orgy is set to take shape at the end of the year and BMW SA spokesperson Guy Kilfoil told Wheels24 that the 550i and 650i will be here in the last quarter of 2005.
According to Kilfoil the 130i will go on sale locally early in 2006.
The new 1 Series rangetopper will be the 130i featuring a 3-litre straight-six engine with a power output of 195 kW while torque is a whopping 315 Nm. This hot hatch will bullet from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and its top speed is limited to 250 km/h. Furthermore it will also look the part and it will feature an M sport package trim.
BMW is replacing the 545i with the 550i. The 550i's 4.8-litre V8 engine kicks out 270 kW and develops 490 Nm of torque at 3 400 r/min. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds.
BMW is also closing the book on the 645i and introducing the 650i. As with the 550i this derivative features a 4.8-litre V8 unit with a power output of 270 kW and a torque figure of 490 Nm. In coupe guise it rockets from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (5.7 seconds for the cabriolet).