• Dec 31, 2007
When Jeremy Clarkson isn't expounding on how wonderful the Jaguar XKR is or how horrible the G-Wiz is on Top Gear, he does much the same thing in the pages of the Times of London. In his most recent entry on those hallowed pages he takes on BMW's new 135i coupe. On the recent Top Gear Awards show Clarkson called Munich's other new small car the Mini Clubman a toilet and less desirable than a bag of dung. Maybe it's just hatchbacks from BMW that he doesn't like because he also hated the original 1-series hatch. Fortunately for the Bavarian engine gurus, the new 135i coupe does not suffer the same fate. The new shape and the twin turbo 3.0-liter inline six have transformed the 1-series in Clarkson's eyes. Aside from the absence of rear leg room, he calls this the best car BMW makes. We can hardly wait to try it out. Now about that price tag!

[Source: Times of London]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. I'm amazed. This is awesome.
      Michael
      • 7 Years Ago
      The vehicle is too heavy and too expensive. I was expecting something more like a 2002 , not a 9/10th 3 series .
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Yeah, I might have been interested in the 1er if it had been the size and weight of an E30 or something. Sadly, I think that good RWD subcompacts like the 2002 or 510 are gone forever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In the olden days, car manufacturers tried to sue Jeremey Clarkson because of his reviews but they obviously failed as freedom of speech and expression is perfectly legal.

      Clarkson's positive reviews also helped sway flagging brands and markets notably the Toyota Hilux "indestructible" episodes.

      No one in the UK drove pick-up trucks but now they're everywhere. Even my brother has one.

      Jeremey Clarkson (for those outside of the UK) is also a social commentator so his views (as well as those about cars) must also be taken into context.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nein, Danke!

      There is a long list of cars that $40K can buy, and this thing isn't on it. Yeah, bitchin little rocket, but get one used and let someone else take this monster of a depreciation hit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 3 series may take up substantially more volume than the 1 series, but that doesn't change the fact that there is barely a 200 pound weight difference, and the 1 series is pig ugly compared to its older brother. I'll take a nearly base model 335i over a well equipped 135i any day of the week.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think its ugly. More importantly, it does'nt have a personality.

        I dont see any reason why somebody would buy this instead of a 335 or lets say a mini cooper s. This thing will be a failure for sure.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Did you mean Club Sport? The Clubman is a stretched Mini.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I 2nd that. Unless they come out with a "clubman" based version of the 128i stripped down with all the performance goodies.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sure it's a wonderful drive but given that it's a lighter car. I expected it to be notably faster than the 3 series equipped with the same engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The STi and 135 have approximately the same weight, price, and power. Which one you prefer is really a matter of taste. I'm personally interested in the BMW, but I certainly gave the new STi some thought.

      And yes, Clarkson is best read for entertainment, not technical accuracy or a definitive judgment of the quality of the car. I'll test drive it and decide for myself.

      (Will a dealer let you test an STi? I don't think the ones around here do...)
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of this whining about the 135's weight is just so silly - are Autoblog readers really so unaware of the current regulatory and media climate around crash protection, the the consequent need for heavier door beams, air bags out the wazoo, etc? Guess what, folks - these things weigh something! On top of that, enthusiasts want top-notch handling together with a comfortable ride these days - the handling/ride tradeoffs of 20 years ago just won't cut it in the market now. That means more weight, as chassis have to be much stiffer to provide latitude for more compliant springs and shocks. Even Porsches and Ferraris are north of 3100 pounds or so these days despite the use of expensive lightweight materials. Cnsidering it's half the price or less of high-end GTs, the 135i really isn't doing too badly inther weight department.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Clarkson's opinion is probably the single most important one in all of the industry. There are others that matter, like Car and Driver, Car, and Consumer Reports, but those tend to be groups or editors that no one really knows. Clarkson, as a single human being, controls more market share than practically anyone. The entire world looks to him...
        • 7 Years Ago
        True. An enormous number of people listen to Clarkson for their car info.

        But... other than those actually in the UK, the rest of them are 19 year olds on the internet who don't have enough money to buy anything fancier than a Jetta anyway, so the actual impact of his reviews on sales is surely a lot less than it might seem.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes and %49 listen to Pat Goss's garage from Motorweek.

        • 7 Years Ago
        NJBMW- I think I might have slipped a disk while laughing uncontrollably. I suppose we have to remember that Motorweek is PBS.
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