Wednesday, February 27, 2013

BMW M135i Comes from the Back Door in the States as the 135is Coupe and Convertible

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While BMW won't be bringing the new M135i hatchback models to North America, it will compensate with the introduction of an enhanced performance version of the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible called the 135is.Positioned under the 1-Series M Coupe that is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six with 335hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, the new 135is gets its power from BMW's N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six tuned to deliver a peak output 320hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, or 20hp and 17 lb-ft more than the 135i.
Both the Coupe and Convertible models will be offered with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox andan optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission driving the rear wheels.
BMW says that despite the increase in power, the 135is maintains the same emissions level and MPG ratings of the regular 135i.
Among other improvements made to the car are a performance exhaust system, a sports suspension and a new engine cooling system with a larger and more powerful radiator fan and an auxiliary radiator.
The Bavarian firm's engineers also added a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which is said to provide electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher threshold before activation. Both the DSC and DTC can be disabled entirely.
An electronic rear brake management system is used to mimic a differential lock for better acceleration in turns and low-traction conditions.
On the outside, the 135is models gain new 18-inch wheels, a black kidney grill and mirror caps and special exterior badges in addition to the standard M Sport Package aero components. Inside, added goodies include stainless steel pedals, interior badges and optional black leather seats with blue stitching for the standard sport seats.
The new 135is Coupe and Convertible models are scheduled to reach U.S. dealerships this fall with pricing set at $44,145 and $48,845 respectively (including $895 destination and handling).
In comparison, the 135i Coupe starts at $40,195 (with handling/destination) while the 1-Series M Coupe retailed for $47,010, which doesn't make the 135is much of a bargain if you consider the fact that the price difference with the M model can be easily offset by the latter's 19-inch M Competition wheels and high-performance tires...




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