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New exterior design accents have been incorporated into the headlight and
tail light clusters. In the interior, new switches and controls have a more
refined look and feel. The updated 1 Series Coupe will go on sale this Spring.
In 2008 BMW introduced the 1 Series to the US, an authentic performance
coupe that drew inspiration from the iconic BMW 2002 model of some 40 years ago.
As perhaps the next BMW legend, the 1 Series Coupe represents the core BMW
philosophy of pure performance, compact dimensions, and premium design. By
combining sporty rear-wheel-drive dynamics, agile handling, powerful engines and
seating for four, the 2012 1 Series Coupe continues to reinvent the niche that
the legendary BMW 2002 created.
Powerful engines, the rear-wheel drive
typical of the brand and inspirational agility make the BMW 1 Series Coupe stand
out from the crowd. It possesses characteristics unique in the compact premium
With these updates, the BMW 1 Series Coupe develops
further as one of the most desirable Ultimate Driving Machines in the business.
Two versions are available: the 128i Coupe and the 135i Coupe. Each has been
enhanced to improve convenience and comfort for the 1 Series' fourth model year.
The 2012 BMW 135i features BMW's newest, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. Equipped
with a single, twin-scroll turbocharger and BMW's revolutionary Valvetronic
throttle-less intake technology, the engine produces 300 horsepower and 300
lb-ft of torque. Referred to internally as the "N55", the engine reaches peak
torque at 1,200 rpm and maintains peak torque all the way to 5,000 rpm. With
High Precision direct gasoline injectors, optimum performance and fuel
efficiency are achieved with even faster engine response across the entire
engine speed range. For the 135i Coupe, acceleration from 0-60 mph is
accomplished with the standard 6-speed manual transmission in 5.1 seconds.
The 135i can be equipped with BMW's 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission
(DCT), as featured on the BMW Z4 Roadster. Equipped with DCT, the 135i Coupe
will accomplish the 0-60 mph sprint in a scorching 5.0 seconds.
Exterior: Handsome, with Sporting Intentions
The 2012 135i Coupe
combines unique, dynamic and unmistakable design elements with a powerful and
muscular body. The greenhouse with its characteristic "Hofmeister kink" is moved
rearward and offers a particularly nimble look with its long hood. The short
overhangs, long wheelbase and large frameless doors sit on a body with a
striking shoulder line for a modern interpretation of BMW's characteristic look.
On the 135i Coupe, an M Aerodynamic Kit is standard.
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