Wheels The New York Times. The curb weight is 3,296 lb 1,495 kg. Three huzzahs for German practicality. And it didn't let us down once we had it in sport mode and tapped the brakes coming into a corner. But its fuel economy is very impressive for such a fast car, so we give it a top rating for performance.
Available in rear-wheel drive coupe or convertible form, the new 1 Series comes with a powerful and efficient 3. Most buyers will find the 230-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine powering the 128i to be perfectly acceptable. Possibly because of the fact that we had a preproduction car, we weren't able to access an iPod when we plugged it in, although we expect that the interface would be the same as that for the thumbdrive. Selecting a 135i over a 128i adds visual amps, including a blockier front air dam and a pretend rear undertray armed with a black exhaust shotgun. It's the same engine used in the larger, heavier 3 Series and, in the smaller 135i, it delivers great power to pass and a swift zero-to-60-mph time of 5. It scores big in performance and cabin tech. Imagine that powerplant in a car is that is shorter, lighter and only available with two doors and you have my attention.
While the 1-Series is sized smaller and less expensive than the popular 3-Series, it could be argued that it's neither small enough nor cheap enough. This stretch gave us another chance to experience the 135i's whirlwind acceleration, and we found ourselves approaching 80 mph before having to track left, touch the brakes and aim for the right-hand apex. Despite the absence of an M package, this car is seriously fun. E81 3-door hatch The E81 three-door hatchback models were produced from July 2007 until 2012. The engine produces 300 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque, with no hint of lag under acceleration.
The right side of the steering wheel even has four buttons that can be programmed to operate any number of convenience features. The 135i's interior and ride quality first rate and on par with its stablemates, though space is definitely at a premium. Power comes from either a 230-hp 3. Step on it and the 135i goes. After a tap of the brakes, we turned into turn 3: the 135i tracks superbly in cornering at around 30 mph, and after brushing the apex we buried the gas pedal for the straightaway to turn 4.
What about a convertible and an M1? Other upgrades include sports suspension, an M Sport body kit, and 18-inch wheels. Oil and filter was changed 3-5K miles. On the freeway, we found it difficult to travel at less than 80 mph, as the 135i just wants to go. The optional sport package adds 18-in. Big Brakes The capability for performance must be matched by a capability to get the car slowed down, and the 135i has huge front brakes that not only slow the small coupe with ease but also look great peeking out from behind its 18-inch wheels. In reviews read by TheCarConnection. In May 2007, the E81 three-door hatchback models were released.
Bluetooth cell phone integration comes standard in the 135i. The navigation system itself is the similar to what we saw on the , which includes impressive real-time traffic reporting. You can get a nicely equipped 335i coupe for that much. Plus, many of the 84,000 sold in the U. Availability of the 128i model was quite limited at the car's introduction here, so we drove manual and automatic versions of the 135i instead. That said, we found that, with the front seat set for a 5 foot 10 inch tall driver, there was plenty leg room in back. Transmission options were - as per the 135i - a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
And did we mention that the 1 Series convertibles have auto-deploying rollbars that pop up behind the rear seats when the car detects a likely rollover incident? Archived from on 14 November 2007. We checked, and, sure enough, it does. It runs strong and does not smoke, burn oil, or produce abnormal engine noise. After blistering through turns 9 and 10, and racing up to turn 11, we got hard on the brakes and cut the sharp corner off turn 11 in second gear, setting ourselves up for the main straightaway. Under braking, the 135i's six-piston front brakes, and wide, sticky tires haul it to rest from 60 mph in an impressive 102 feet, and the 1's average lateral acceleration checked in at 0. When handled more gingerly, it accelerates the diminutive 135i into law-mocking speeds with the unflustered ease of a larger autobahn marauder.
Top speed is electronically-limited to 150 mph. As this car is a coupe, back seat access is limited. Handling is knife edge sharp and driver feedback is sublime. Otherwise prepare for a rather bumpy experience on freeways and if a stick, as ours, a lot of shifting back and forth in traffic. We unraveled some sections of road near Skyline Boulevard outside San Francisco at a pace that would have made a rally navigator nauseous. Direct and communicative steering feel, bags of grip. The power, heard more loudly in the 1-series than in the 3, quickly turns to tire smoke under a heavy foot.