The outboard sections are then sub-divided horizontally, with a fog light at the top and a small grille underneath. It's an engine that's not long for this world, as a more fuel-efficient, single-turbo version is in the offing from Munich. In fact, the 335i accelerates as though it has a large displacement engine, not a turbocharged one. The convertibles feature a soft top that can be raised or lowered in 22 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 25 mph, so you don't need to worry whether that stoplight will be long enough to finish the roof operation. But nearly all premium hatchbacks brought to the U. Aftermarket modifications could surely fix this, but there's no factory cure offered. The flat-bottom steering wheel is a nice touch, and I also greatly appreciate the paddles that are attached to the back of it, rather than on the column here, Monticello and I vehemently disagree he prefers fixed column paddles.
Yes, the 135i is a comfortable and powerful sports coupe that can dance around corners. We're particularly fond of the M Aerodynamics Package made standard on the 135i but not the 128i , including the huge air intakes below the bumper, necessary for cooling the turbocharger intake air. Drag coefficient actually improves, from 0. I drove the 135i at its initial press launch about two years ago, and little has changed on the car, other than the addition of such optional equipment as a heated steering wheel and the fourth generation of iDrive — neither of which was on our test car. In normal mode it shifts nice and smooth, but slide it over into Sport mode and it shifts firm and fast.
When searching for the perfect diamond, the basic guiding factors are the four Cs: cut, clarity, color, and carat. Front leg room is reduced by a quarter inch, and head room by three-quarters of an inch. In fact, it devours twisties almost too easily. Going into this test, the 135i was the odds-on favorite to take the top spot. The velvety smooth six keeps churning out thrust to run the quarter-mile in 13. Fond memories indeed, but will the 135i create memories of its own for its buyers? The 6 speed automatic is a great transmission. A double upshift followed by a clumsy downshift accompanied by some cursing to get back into the engine's powerband.
The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, helping drivers of different shapes and sizes to find the ideal driving position. This powerhouse also won the International Engine of the Year Award-twice. Perhaps the company is worried about it outperforming the 335i, or it might simply be leaving space for a 135 M-car to slot in above it. Where we'd expect the car to powerslide at corner exit, it keeps its tail tucked and pushes the front — which sucks some of the fun out of the car. The 128i has a cleaner, albeit more conventional, full-width opening below the bumper, divided into three parts by two angled struts. He's clearly breaking a sweat in there, and that's the real difference.
Last year, when truncated its to make the 135i, few cars could challenge its performance, apart from perhaps the 4-door rally twins from and. On the other hand, it delivers a 300-pound-foot punch between 1400 and 5000 rpm with infinitesimal turbo lag. No need for dainty throttle application here. The soft top takes up less trunk space than a convertible hard top would, which is partly why the design uses a soft top. . The upgraded rollers and Crimson Red paint highlight the sharp lines of the well-proportioned body.
Simply lengthening the shifter by an inch would remedy this—and the pain in our elbows. It drives sweetly, too, which leaves its not-so-elegant design as the only remaining complaint with the hatchback models. So why devote more space to it? I showed this to them and they dropped the price immediately. We haven't driven the 128i, but we expect it will also deliver a good measure of driving enjoyment. It's docile at low rpm, but surges through the tach with immediacy at a squeeze of the throttle. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
I wish it came with the rear differential from the M3 or 1M, but I can understand with they didn't. And the 128i's rear bumper is entirely body-color, lacking the black-out panel seen on the 135i. On more than one occasion I'd be blasting along and reach for an upshift, and just as I began to pull the paddle the gearbox would do it for me. Still, cargo room shrinks to just 8 cubic feet. Revs fall quickly between shifts, a welcome change compared to the abnormal amount of time many of today's engines take. Of note, the 135i's tires are narrower than the Audi's at every corner and their staggered widths likely contribute to the car's tendency to understeer.
That it received a thorough thrashing, at the hands of , is a news event unto itself. Remember, the dampers change, but the spring rates remain the same. Every major part of the car, the nose, the bodyside, the roof and the rear end, blends beautifully with the rest of the car to make a shorter, narrower version of the 3 Series with a different and special roofline. A small amount of cowl shake was present over rougher surfaces, as the softtop is less rigid than its fixed-roof sibling, but this is still one of the most solid-feeling convertibles on the market. But it's still a nicely equipped car with a classic 2+2 layout that reminds almost everyone of the famous 2002tii, a car I once briefly owned. Few four-place convertibles, even some larger in size, are able to make that claim.
The simple reason for this? Driving Impressions Driving a 300-hp, 3400-pound rear-drive coupe built on a short-wheelbase chassis adds up to a great deal of driving enjoyment, especially when the engine's torque curve is absolutely flat from 1300 to 5000 rpm and the engine redlines at 7000 rpm. The bottom edge of the opening turns up at the ends, smile-like. It's deceivingly smooth -- you'll find yourself climbing well above posted speed limits if you don't pay attention. The addition of two convertible models expands its appeal. Because all that overexposure still hasn't diluted it.
Although that function sounds like a ritzy perk for lazy people, it is extremely helpful in avoiding shoulder dislocation while hunting for a belt that hangs a foot behind you. It handles great with precise steering feel. The vehicle was accurately described in the ad. Better still, you can now buy beautifully made, high-quality convertible-top versions of both models. The clutch, which can feel light at first, offers the right feedback, while the shifter slots neatly into each cog.