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.