just to jump into this thread 8-pages in...
minus the 'coupe' part, a 'RWD, Straight Six' could be something as average as an EA falcon!
best example i can think of:
- 90's 2 door coupe
- Turbo 2ltr DOHC 4cyl, kkk turbo and forged pistons
- 150kw, 280nm
- Getrag 6 speed manual
- most aerodynamic production car in the world for 10years..
aaaaaand then you find out i'm describing the smoking heap of shit that is the Calibra.
so what does it matter the 1 series is a RWD, straight 6, coupe?
i doubt it contributes to alot of the sales - and i think many buyers wouldnt even know.
most important thing to buyers would be the cheap entry to a BMW badge, and having people think you've got cash. maybe even previous BMW owners downsizing, or regular used-BMW buyers scraping into a new one..
..fasts and doing skidz wouldnt be the reason.
On the acutal topic - the 1 series (all) seem a little effeminate to me. probably due to seeing so many middle aged professional women driving them. regardless of wether its a 118d hatch, or a 135i coupe. having so many bigger BMW's available probably doesnt help either.. as i wouldn't consider a 5 or 7 series 'girly' in any spec.
BUT, i love the 1series. i reckon they're great. I DO drive a little old MR2 though, so what car's I'd potentially drive wouldn't say much for this topic..
for the side topic of this thread - what does it really matter anyway? its the whole insecure thing that makes guys just buy SS utes n whatnot. just like little blokes driving lifted GQ Patrols. the real winners are the guys who can drive a 15 year old violet Barina Swing. that or they've just completely died inside...