The 135's turbocharged inline-6 engine cranks up the power while retaining every bit of that characteristic smoothness. Able to reduce the surface temps by up to 36-degrees, it has modified pigment introduced into the leather during production, that is supposed to reflect the infrared radiation of the sun. The step-up 135i gets a turbocharged version of this engine that also displaces 3. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. As such it goes, turns and stops better than nearly anything in the German automaker's increasingly broad lineup. Code-named N55, the 2011 engine replaces last year's 300-hp twin-turbo inline-6. With all this car does, it's a real value.
Optional upgrades include navigation, a power sunroof for the coupes, and a power-folding cloth top on the convertible models. Let's start with the requisite twin kidney bean grill in front. Natural matchups occur with the G37 convertible as well as the 250 C, not to mention a pair of front-drive Swedes named C70 and Saab 9-3. The moment you hit the start button and the engine roars, it's gotta put a smile on your face. The convertible's available leather upholstery features a sun-reflective treatment.
It uses two clutches, one to hold the current gear and one to ready the next, so shifts are almost seamless. Since our model was equipped with the available Sport package, top speed clicks off at 150 mph. In fact, the company claims this to be the stiffest convertible they have ever built. It develops 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, which, in the slightly lighter, 3250-pound 128i, should still get your attention when you put the pedal to the floor. It handles like a dream, is so fun to drive and comfortable for long trips. Got admiring glances from most everyone. It's hard to tell, but power is perhaps more responsive at low speeds, though not quite as willing as speeds and revs increase.
Flywheel has to be replaced for the 135i, adding to the expense. It is packed full of cool things that the brochures dont tell you about. A 6-speed manual is standard. The Bad Ambitious pricing and limited practicality mean the 2011 1 Series is a tough purchase to rationalize for all but the most demanding car enthusiasts. Both come with a fully automatic fabric folding top. So, I might not be the most knowledgable about German autos.
That makes four of the six. Even with the small engine, it didn't lack for pickup in the mountains. Though the ride is firm, particularly with the larger wheels, it never feels unduly harsh. The back seat is best left to small children and packages. Convertible buyers want convertibles, and this one continues to require few sacrifices as compared with the coupe.
Both body styles also come with a more powerful turbocharged engine as 135i models, covered in a separate report in the Cars. The car makes me smile when I get in it! Its smaller front tires are matched to the job of pointing the car while the fatter rear tires lay the power down in wonderfully linear fashion. It handles excellent, and has as much power as I'll ever need. But spend some time with the 1 Series and you'll find it has an irrepressible, playful character that brings sheer joy to the driving experience. The turbocharged engine makes this car a hot rod. Interior Design and Special Features The interior of the 1 Series is generally competitive with its rivals in terms of materials quality, but hard plastics are more prevalent here than in the 3 Series. A wide range of features and options can be had for materials, appearance, and equipment.
The sophisticated transmission uses two electronic clutches that allow the driver to shift through seven speeds with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. If you check the box for the optional hard-drive-based navigation system, the infamous iDrive interface comes with it. The new 135i engine, which does away with the twin turbos of the previous model, delivers performance that's functionally indistinguishable either on the street or the track, yet is slightly lighter and less expensive. An M Sport Package adds a sports suspension that favors handling over ride quality. It's a delicate ballet complete with moving panels, hydraulic motors, a roof, C-pillar, and rear glass, that while in the up position offer a standard size trunk capacity, which tends to cut cargo space in half when the junk is in the trunk. This car was made for this kind of driving; it couldn't have been more fun.
The convertible's optional sun-reflective leather seating does an impressive job of keeping your butt from roasting. Both body styles also come with a more powerful turbocharged engine as 135i models, covered in a separate report in the Cars. Zero to 60-mph comes at 7. The convertible's options list also includes a Moonlight Black soft top with shiny metallic fibers that produce a metallic silver appearance in sun- and moonlight. 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.
Slight body roll, high grip levels, and quick direction changes are all part of the package, even in the case of the 128i, but particularly so for the 135i with the M Sport package. I must say I am impressed. After driving it for almost a year, I can find very little room for change. Complaints were few, but mainly centered around the car's lack of interior space and high price. The M Sport package, available with both models, basically takes each respective Sport package and adds different wheels and a dark-colored headliner, plus the 128i version gets the M steering wheel and the 135i's aerodynamic body kit. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.
A Convenience Package includes rear park assist, keyless access and starting, steering-linked adaptive xenon headlights, and an alarm. At 3,200 pounds the 1 Series is rather heavy for such a small car, but the torquey engines easily overcome the car's mass to provide swift acceleration. While the newfangled seven-speed gearbox is quite competent and actually delivers better acceleration numbers , it cannot match the sublime pleasure of matching revs on a traditional manual. The cloth top can even be raised or lowered at speeds up to 30 mph to obviate the need to pull over to soak in a sunburst or take shelter from a sudden shower. The base 128i is powered by an inline-six-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels. The only other car I'd probably be tempted to get would be an Aston Martin. The 135i is a smaller, lighter package with the same engine as the 3 Series for a lot less money.