2011 BMW 1-Series

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1-Series MSRP: $ 29450.00
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  • Exhilarating acceleration
  • Superb road handling
  • Stylish exterior
  • Affordable luxury coupe
  • Jenny Craig candidate
  • Back seat is primarily almost non-functional
  • Priced at the higher end of its class
  • Unimpressive fuel economy ratings
Ruling: Performance is the end-game for the 1-Series. The 2011 BMW 1-Series is one of the most powerful, fun-to-drive, sports car-like models in its class. Just be prepared to pay -- at the dealership and at the pump.

New for 2011
A new turbocharged in-line 6 engine goes into the 2011 BMW 135i coupe and convertible. Power output is rated the same as last year (300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque), but BMW claims improved fuel efficiency and more immediate torque response. City mpg improves from 18 to 20 mpg; highway mpg improves from 25 to 28 mpg. Additionally, the new turbocharged engine is now mated to the BMW's 7-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission known as DCT.

Two versions of the 1 Series 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 in the US. 

The 128i Coupe and Convertible are powered by a 3.0-liter, 230 horsepower inline-6 engine that generates 200 lb-ft of torque. The 128i Coupe and Convertible feature BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology and aluminum/magnesium construction - core elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics.

  The 2011 BMW 135i Coupe and Convertible feature BMW’s newest, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. Equipped with a single, twin-scroll turbocharger, High-pressure direct injection and BMW’s revolutionary Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, the engine produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.

Stock 2011 vs. Modded 2009 BMW 135i

CarReview's opinion of the 2008 BMW 135i

  • Powerful acceleration at any speed
  • Tight handling
  • Crisp radio system
  • Clean interior design with good fit and finish
  • Scant cabin storage
  • Slightly restricted visibility towards rear

Verdict: This car is designed for drivers who relish fun behind the wheel. It is not intended for cruising the HOV lane during weekday commute hours or toting toddlers. If you desire something beyond the sterility of the Japanese competitors, the BMW 1-Series has a European savoir-fare that the Infiniti G37 or Lexus IS 350 can't match. The Cadillac CTS has the performance numbers to be a contendor, but it has to get beyond the stigma of Caddies being fit for the geriatric crowd.

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Review Date
December 21, 2010

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 5 of 5

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Price Paid:  $40300.00 from Tomkinson BMW

Year / Model Reviewed:
2011 135i Coupe

Acceleration, Braking, Body Integrity, Comfort, DCT!!!

RFT, no LSD, Fuel Economy

Great point and shoot car capable of cruising cross country with luggage for two. Run flats a a bit abrupt in initial impact on road irregularities.

Sport interior seats are a must, Premium Package well worth convenience and lighting of the exterior and cabin.

Besides the turbo engine, the DCT transmission puts the car in another realm. Shifts are perfect and RPM are perfectly matched in automatic mode. Sport and Sport Manual modes will allow your inner Michael Schumacher to emerge. Navigation and Premium Harmom Kardon should also be seriously considered as should be the factory installed alarm as none is available aftermarket. Heated seats will poach eggs, if you know what I mean. ;)

Coupe is lighter and more solid than the very nice 4 place convertible. Rear seat on either (smaller on the convertible)is for very short trips or children only.

Lots of modifications available and most are of excellent quality, but include the BMW tax. If you have the money, you can make this car anything you want except maybe a blingmobile.

Similar Products Used:
Porsche Cayman S is better handling,but not as useful and the one I drove had a terrible exhaust drone at highway speeds, a sure headache inducer after 10 minutes.

G37 more luxurious and available in AWD, but too heavy and no DCT, and slower.

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