• Jan 25, 2008
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Few models in the BMW lineup have as much tuning potential as the newly released 135i, and the Bavarian boys and girls are intent to capture as much of that market as possible. The BMW 1-series tii concept proved that BMW was serious about offering performance parts to boost (and possibly lighten) its new turbo'd coupe, and a member of 1addicts posted photos of what could be the first 135 to get the in-house tuner treatment.

Most of the parts shown are carryovers from the tii concept, including the revised front fascia, side skirts, carbon fiber diffuser and matching rear wing. The C.F. hood may have been swapped out for a stock aluminum piece, but we're guessing the weave has been covered in matching white paint. The upgraded brakes are one of the most obvious additions, while inside, there's plenty of Alcantara covered kit, from the shift boot to the seats, which are also dead ringers for the thrones shown on the concept. The steering wheel is new however, sporting more grippy suede and complete with three different sections packed with LEDs. Your guess is as good as ours about the two displays mounted at 11 and 1, but the center mounted LED arrangement is likely a shift-light/rev meter.

Thanks for the tip, JL!




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      • 7 Years Ago
      The post is completely inaccurate. This is not a production model, its an example of BMW Performance parts, which will be available for the 135i.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still think "Hyundai Elantra" when looking at those rear lights...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Funny, I think that when I look at the interior. haha Well, truthfully, I think: Mazda.

        What a pitiful expensive vehicle. lol
        • 7 Years Ago
        Egads, you are prolific, aki.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy mother of Pearl! I guess I am deeply wrong. I use to kinda of like this iteration of the 135tti, then I saw the rear end. Those lights are horrendous just like the new C class. Guess I don't really care, just means I still have one of the best looking BMWs out there IMO.
        • 7 Years Ago
        IMO also. E46 M3 is sweet.

        This doesn't look as good as I hope'd it would when I first heard they were making a coupe out of the 1 series hatch. I'm gonna wait until the re-do. The 1 has been around longer than the current 3 so it's almost due.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Still too expensive. And the above poster is right - the side skirts are very 90's-econobox
        • 7 Years Ago
        not only porky, it also looks dorky :)

        those front lights especially.... I'll take a 3 series coupe over this anyday...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Plus it looks porky
        • 7 Years Ago
        I just saw one at an auto show recently and in person it definitely doesn't look "porky." Considering the amazing technology of its engine and the speed it is capable of, the 135i is hardly overpriced.

        Also, autoblog's headline is highly misleading. There is absolutely no confirmation that these photos are of a production BMW 135tii. It's kind of like a few weeks ago when autoblog speculated that MINI might announce that it was bringing the Cooper D to the U.S. at the Detroit Auto Show. Yep, didn't happen nor will it anytime in the near future.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll take an E92 335i thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can almost justify the almost $40k for this model, if it exists.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the steering wheel
      • 7 Years Ago
      Put a GM badge on this most on here would think this was the best thing since Girl Scout Cookies.

      Speaking of ....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Judging from that seat, if this is the production model, I'm betting it's Euro-only. Our safety ninnies will never allow a seat like that -- unless BMW uses side air bags in the doors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It seems to be a trend to drop the expensive hardware for inexpensive software that tries to emulate it. LSD mechanisms being left out in favor of traction control. It seems backward to me to promote traction and driving performance by using the brakes.

      I'll bet this thing has electronic brake force distribution, an individual-brake traction control through the ABS sensors. So when it senses left or right rear wheel spin, it brakes that caliper, and sends some of the torque to the other rear wheel.

      Audi has dropped torsen diffs from the rear differentials in it's quattro system, too, in favor of brake-involved traction controls.

      A somewhat effective, but inferior alternative to a clutch/viscous LSD, and certainly not a helical-gear torque biasing LSD. I'll stick with the hardware that works all the time, thanks.

      After the 7 series, then the 5, and then the new 6 series, and even the Z4, all got "bangled", and IMHO ugly except the back of the Z4 coupe, for the sake of being original designs, it strikes me as ironic that the 3-series, and now the 1-series are so BLAND.

      Flat pug-nosed, with "flame surfacing" that doesn't help but make the car look slightly bloated, and boring otherwise does not an attractive car make.

      I used to love the E36, and the old 90's 850CSi, despite it's size. The Z8 was even pretty slick in it's own way, and the M5 was the ultimate dignified 4-door weapon.

      BMW seems to have lost it's touch. I would buy a used one before buying new. And I know that BMW's reliability and maintenance issues are significant expenses out of warranty.

      At this point, the only real desire I have for a vehicle with a roundel is the R1200S motorcycle, and I really wish that had the K1200*'s duolever front end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      those things on the steering wheel are heart rate monitors
        • 7 Years Ago
        Heart rate monitors! Chuckle out loud! Like the treadmills at the gym?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish they had gone with straight side skirts, that bend in the middle illusion reminds me of a Tiburon.
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