BMW to debut 1 Series and M5 at Goodwood

BMW is taking its brand new 1 Series to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will also be giving a UK debut to the new M5 super saloon.

Show goers will get to see the new 1 Series in the flesh for the first time, although the second generation of the Audi A3 rival will make its public bow in a closed-room environment.
Both the M5 and the 1 Series will be making static appearances only, with the 1 Series being kept in a room on the stand that is supposedly only open to prospective customers and media.

The 1 Series was criticised for its styling when the first pictures were released, so this will be the first chance for the public to see if it is better looking in the metal.

The BMW 1 Series will go on sale in September, priced from £19,375, while the M5 arrives in November from £73,040.

BMW will also be sending a host of other cars up the famous hill over the Festival weekend including a 1986 M3 that will be driven by former racing driver Steve Soper, and a modern homage to the 328, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary at the show.

The M3 is celebrating its 25 anniversary at the same time, and will be appearing in its most extreme format – the M3 GTS, which will also be heading up the hill. The Z4 GTS will also be taking part in the famous hillclimb.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from 1-3 July at the Goodwood estate in West Sussex.
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