• Jun 27, 2007
BMW 135iAll off the running around chasing the upcoming BMW 1-Series has culminated in these shots of the car taken completely naked, apparently at a location where it was the subject of a photo shoot. A member of the enthusiast site 1accicts.com scored the one above, a similar rear view, and a phonecam shot of the car obviously inside the photo studio, sporting a clear-as-day "BMW 135i" identifier plate where the usual Euro license tag would go. Click the "Read" link or the photos you see here for larger versions of all three new photos over at 1addicts, and let us know what you think of the new 1 coupe. We're liking what we see, ourselves, and have to believe that when equipped with the 300-horsepower TT mill, it's going to surprise plenty of folks at stoplight grands prix.

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[Source: 1Addicts.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      My girlfriend picked up a '86 325e back in 01. She got it dirt cheap and planned to fix it and sell it. I thought it was a great deal until I saw it. Ugly car. Boring. Basic. Couldn't believe she bought it. Then I drove it. This was an 'e' not an 'i' keep in mind. Not fast. At all. I ended up buying ot from her for way too much and then drove the crap out of it daily for two years before I sold it. I loved driving it so much I drove it everyday in the summer while the AC was broke, and I live in phoenix. Black seats, rush hour traffic, 110 degrees, didn't care and yes I had another car in my garage I could have been driving. A 99 Pontiac Grand Prix GT.
      My point is don't judge this car by its looks. Also that BMW's, IMO, have always been rather ugly cars. Other than the E46 coupe and an earlier 7 series there has been no sweet looking bimmers. They're fun to drive not look at.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care what engine it gets...It looks like "I could not afford a 3 Series...."
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would have like to see the tailights from the z3 on this.Their appearance is more reminiscent of the circular tailights on the old 2002.I'm suprised the photog didn't walk up to the car to get a photo of the interior.Anyone know if it will it be the same as the 135 hatch?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Another posting on 1addicts had a shot of the interior - yes, it is basically the same as the hatch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my guess is MSRP $27k
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not for the 135i. Probably more like $34k for the twin turbo. I wonder if we'll see a 4-cylinder in this car here in the States. I seem to recall reading something about it -- and that BMW USA was 6-cylinder and above from now on -- but a peppy, economical 4-cylinder for $27k would make a lot of sense.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that people are making too big of a deal out of these "sagging door lines. In fact, I am pretty sure that they don't exist to the extent they do in this pick.. Look a little closer. There are protrusions from the body kit that seem to excentuate the "droop" due to the andgel of the pic. That is what it looks like to me, anyhow.

      While not the prettiest car, it is that bad, and if it drove well (which it will), I could live with it. Think about it. This is a smal light car so it will be tossable for sure. But really, this thing is gonna go like stink. The 335 is no slouch and this is much smaller. I predict this car to have blistering performance, especially for the price.

      However, would stil be fine with an economical 4cyl (diesel?). The NA six would still be a hoot too. However, if I could choose (and it were possible to fit it in there) the engine from the 335d or 535d would be awesome
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've owned 3-series all my life: E21 318, two E30s: 320i and 325e, and now E46 M3. The M3's performance stands out as expected, but nothing you can't do to a less expensive RWD car like 350Z. As for regular 3 and 5-series I've driven including the late models, it's absolutely nothing special. A nicely equipped V6 Accord (manual of course) feels just as good.

      Maybe I'm just speaking from my sportbike experience, because all [non-exotic] cars are bleak in comparison. It's not like I dislike all cars, but a FWD GTI I recently drove was as much fun, as my M3 though costs roughly the half. Fun is all that matters on the street: carving canyons, slicing a pack of freeway lane blockers, accelerating on on-ramps, drifting 90-degree residential corners (RWD), etc. Whatever makes you smile behind the wheel. And 300hp is nothing exotic nowadays. Lexuses and Infinities have more.

      Serious [track] performance? Gimme a break. It'd require just as many expensive aftermarket parts as any brand new emission-compliant car. Not to mention a brand new car is nonsense for the track as you're going to drive the cr_p out of it anyway. For $30K + fees I'd rather go with an M3; used of course.

      Even though I currently own one, I've gradually come to think of BMWs as overpriced image cars. When they looked good (in pre-Bangle era), they were desirable. Otherwise what's so special about them? I wanna look at it parked in my garage and think: "Gosh, its design is years ahead of Camrys and Accords"; Not something like "those looks are growing on me" or "so what if looks like an old Hyundai, if it's fun to drive". Something "growing on you" for $30K + fees?

      Just ask yourself three questions:
      a) You like the looks? Check
      b) Is it fun to drive? Check
      c) Can you afford it? Check
      If you're unsure about a) you'd keep convincing yourself "it's growing on you" and envy good looking cars that still satisfy b) and c).
      • 7 Years Ago
      You all just don't get it. It's a carefully crafted soft feminine/metrosexual design with lots of sensual curves and other softened late 80's retro touches like the rounded taillights. Sorta like Solara though it's stylistically based on a different brand. Which one? C'mon, can't be any simpler... 1988 Hyundais.

      Granted there's not a single modern-looking BMW today (with the all-new X5 being outdated the least), it's apparent Chris Bangle decided to take a new approach even with the "retro". Massive muscle car retro is hardly original after nearly 10 years, so why not Hyundais?

      It's a beautiful car... (in best Borat's voice) NOT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ick. No thanks. I'd rather buy a used 1st-gen G35 Coupe. Or simply save up for the 3-Series Coupe. I would have actually preferred a smaller-sized coupe like this. But the design is horrible.

      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is like a latter day E30 BMW:
      http://www.bmwe21.net/e30b6.jpg
      Like most BMWs these days it's going to be how it drives, not how it looks, but its very cool at least to see a small BMW like this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That car was awesome tho. It looked like a bimmer. The only bimmer look to this new edition is the oversized grill.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where did the hatch go??
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice front. back looks like a 2003 hyundai accent
        • 7 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm right with you on that one. I was going to say the same thing.
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