BMW South Africa has handed the 1 Series the Mzansi Edition treatment, with the local arm of the German automaker saying, “When infused with Mzansi Edition flavours [the 1 Series] sees an additional level of athleticism being added to the head-turner.” See pricing below…

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Only two 1 Series models are available with the Mzansi Edition package. These are the 118i and 128ti. As standard, the package includes the Bavarian brand’s M Sport package. High-gloss Shadow Line treatment has been added to the kidney grille and grille surround, front spoiler attachment, side sill details and the roof-mounted rear spoiler. M Carbon side mirror caps are also present. 

The 118i Mzansi Edition rides on M Sport light-alloy wheels. The 128ti features 19-inch M light alloys. Both models have “distinctive” red M Sport brake callipers. 

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The 1 Series Mzansi Edition models are available in Alpine White and several metallic exterior paint colours. These include Skyscraper Grey and Black Sapphire. The 118i variant can also be had in Melbourne Red metallic and Misano Blue metallic, while the 128ti Mzansi Edition is also available in Storm Bay Blue metallic. 

Inside, Mzansi Edition variants’ seats are trimmed in a combination of black Trigon and Sensatec material. The seat belts are of the M variety. In addition, the cabin is equipped with BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional set-up, a panoramic sliding glass roof and a loudspeaker system. The 128ti derivative gains sports seats in black and red cloth. 

As a reminder, the 118i has a 1.5-litre turbo-triple engine producing 103 kW and 220 Nm of torque. BMW’s Golf GTI rival, the 128ti, is equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit producing 180 kW and 380 Nm. An eight-speed automatic transmission directs power and torque to the front axle. BMW claims a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 243 km/h. Read our in-depth review of the 128ti here. 

BMW 1 Series Mzansi Edition pricing:

  • 118i Mzansi Edition: R763 872
  • 128ti Mzansi Edition: R838 160

(However, if you’re in the market for a sedan or SUV variant in Mzansi Edition flavour, BMW SA also offers the 3 Series Mzansi Edition and X3 Mzansi Edition.)