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By Ketan Patel

BMW 135Is 2013 Review

Following the cancellation of the 2012 BMW 1-Series M, the Bavarian automaker recently announced that they're preparing to launch both a coupe and a convertible 1-Series performance model. The BMW 135is will go on sale during fall this year, so let's take a closer look at what this model has to offer.

Performance-wise, the new contender is motivated by a 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder twin-turbocharged direct-injected engine that is able to produce 320 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, translating in a 20 horsepower and 17 lb-ft of torque increase compared to the standard model.

Regardless of the body style, the 3.0 liter unit comes mated with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but a seven-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox will be available as an optional extra.

In addition, the new 135is packs a sport suspension and a performance exhaust system, and for a more thrilling experience BMW decided to change the way the traction control works, therefore it will have a higher threshold. Furthermore, to cope with the bit of extra power BMW engineers have also fitted the tuned-up 135is with additional cooling system under the bonnet.

In terms of design, on the exterior the new 1-Series will come with unique elements including an exclusive set of 18-inch wheels, and high-gloss black accents such as the front grille and side mirrors. The interior has also been enhanced with stainless-steel pedals and black sport seats with blue stitching.

As far as the price of the upcoming BMW 135is 2013 goes, the new model is expected to hit the market at the price of $44,145 for the coupe, whereas the convertible variant will be a bit more expensive, bearing a total price of $48,845.

That's not a bad starting price considering the fact that an Audi TTS Coupe develops 265 horsepower and has a starting price of roughly $47,000; whilst the TTS Roadster will set you back $50,000. Although even if I might sound a bit biased, the TTS does look much better than the 1-Series.

If you want a better deal whilst having the same amount of horsepower, you might want to look into the 2012 Infinity G37 Convertible which for the price of $46,400 will give you a 325 horsepower 3.7 liter V6 engine and a pretty well-equipped trim level.

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – EMBARGO: May 15, 2012 12:00PM EDT…. In the long standing tradition of high performance BMW “is” models, BMW today announced an enhanced performance version of the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible called the BMW 135is. The 2013 135is Coupe and Convertible focus the qualities that made the 135i such a success amongst driving enthusiasts – with more performance, enhanced sound and dynamic design details. Both the new 135is Coupe and Convertible are scheduled to arrive in BMW Center showrooms this fall with retail pricing set at $44,145 and $48,845 respectively (including $895 destination and handling).

Both models are equipped with BMW’s award winning TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 engine (N55) featuring Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, direct injection and a single twin-scroll turbocharger. For the 135is, the engine has been tuned to increase peak horsepower to 320 hp (+20 hp increase) and 317 lb-ft of torque (+17 lb.ft) while maintaining the same emissions level and MPG ratings of the 135i. A Performance exhaust system complements the increased engine performance and provides a sporty exhaust tone. The engine cooling system has been upgraded to match the additional performance output by adding a larger, and more powerful radiator fan and an auxiliary radiator.

Both BMW 135is models will be offered with either a standard 6-Speed manual transmission or an optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission.

The 135is is equipped with sport suspension incorporating an aluminum double-pivot front suspension and a five-link fully independent rear suspension in lightweight steel.

BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also includes a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function that provides electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher threshold before activation. This allows the driver to experience more spirited driving on dry roads and offers more flexibility when driving in more challenging conditions such as in snow. If the driver desires, both DSC and DTC can be disabled entirely. In addition to its duties as a safety system, the DSC system on the 135is is programmed specifically to enhance performance-oriented driving.

The differential in the 135is comes from a new generation of final drives optimized for running smoothness and fuel efficiency. Featuring double-helical ball bearings, the differential runs at an even lower operating temperature reached more quickly than before thanks to the reduction of fluid required in the differential. Electronic rear brake management is used to simulate a differential lock for stronger acceleration in turns and low-traction conditions.

The exterior of the new 135is Coupe / Convertible will be clearly identified by exclusive 18” wheels, unique high-gloss black kidney grill, black mirror caps and special exterior badges in additional to the standard M Sport Package components. Interior highlights include stainless steel pedals, special interior badges and optional black leather seats with blue stitching for the standard sport seats.

The BMW135is Coupe and Convertible are available to order now and are scheduled to arrive in BMW Center showrooms this fall.


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