In what it calls the performance version of the 1 Series for 2013, the BMW 135is coupe and convertible were released today costing $44,145 and $48,845 respectively.
Sporting a specially-tuned version of the same 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder twin-turbo engine as the 135i, the more spirited versions come with 320 hp, a 20-pony bump from the lesser version. It also jumps up to 317 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase, but not an exciting one. Fuel economy stays the same despite the slight performance increases.
A six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT will both be available, though choosing the dual-clutch option will yield better performance. In either case, the automaker also worked with this model to improve the sound it will make while revving out by swapping the exhaust for a more performance-oriented version.
Stability and traction control are both standard and can be shut off completely for a more engaging (or challenging) driving experience. Exclusive exterior components include unique 18-inch wheels and a glossy grille.
The trouble is, it’s tough to get excited about this car after BMW scrapped the much more exciting 1M Coupe after a limited run last year. Sure, that preserves its rockstar suave and allure, but it’s hard not to feel cheated.
If you feel differently, the car is available for order now and will hit showrooms this fall.