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click above for more high-res pics of the BMW 135i

If you're still frothing at the mouth for anything having to do with the new BMW 1-Series coupe, some new photos have found their way onto the internet. It's still a 3-series that was left in the dryer too long, but the new shots show the car off in its best possible light. There's been a lot of talk about the 135 being a return to the roots of what propelled BMW to such greatness, with alphanumerics like E30 M3 and 2002tii flying about. The 135i certainly holds its own stylistically, even if it is not possessed of the same delicacy of line as its forebears. The 135i appears hefty, like a block of dense marble carved by a skilled artisan, and when you get right down to it, that's what it is. We've babbled enough, check out the gallery. Thanks for the tip, Horatiu!

[Source: edbmw]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      funny that its being shown with a slushbox.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I only like the back end, the nose is fuggggly.

      Brown wood dresses up the interior too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Call it porcine if you like but, it will most likely be the fastest pig in its class at the track. One thing BMW does very right is make a car fast where it counts, in the twisties.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a great pity that they won't sell the hatchback version here in the US. I've seen a lot of them overseas and where the hatchback looks like a purposeful Teutonic driving machine, the sedan looks like any other small car. The convertable is another story, fortunately :D
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto. Love the hatchback; the coupe's lines look odd and it's practicality is dubious. It'll be a hard sell against the STI/Evo, let alone the GTI or MS3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When I compare the price differences between the 3, 5, and 7 series and try to reverse equate the anticipated price of the 1-series, its just BS. I like BMW, I like driving my wife's 3-series, but paying what BMS wants for a 1-series is asking too much.

      I'm guessing they just didn't want to call this a 2-series considering that its 90-95 the price of a 3-series and you can probably get a better deal on the 3-series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks pretty good in these pictures. But for it's price, there are nicer cars out there. And it's way to heavy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Evo would probably cost a lot more to insure, though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They will sell gobs of 128 and 128 convertibles to women in socal. The 328ci and 328cic sold in california as if they were given away for free at Starbucks. The 128i will become the chick car the 325/328ci/cic used to be before the prices jumped so much. at 34k for a softtop, the 128cic is a bargain compared to the 44k 328cic.

      If VW can sell the Eos at 30k+, moving a BMW to socal teens/women won't be an issue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Totally agree. The 3-series is the Camry of Southern California...they probably sell more 3's than Camrys in LA. Or, I should say they probably LEASE more 3's than Camrys, because most people rolling around in 3-series sure as hell can't afford to buy one. The 1-series will, in turn, become the Civic/Corolla of Southern California. And the beat goes on...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow that's a nice color.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agreed. I could maybe get over the ridiculous price for this car if it looked as good as the 2-door (3-door?) hatch sold in Europe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "not priced for arrogant social climbers" -- nice offensive stereotype, Dan.

      This just in: all cars that cost more than the Subaru that Dan can afford are solely for arrogant social climbers. It's simply not possible that someone might want to buy a $40K RWD coupe with an widely lauded 300HP engine for on the basis of their personal taste or perference for gimmick-free performance.

      How would you like it if I proposed that the Spec-B and WRX are built for "cheap-ass ricers" or "zit-faced teens?" Of course I don't believe that, but it makes as much sense as your post.

      Who's really arrogant here? The person who buys a car for their own reasons or the idiot who judges them and assumes he knows all about them based on their purchase (or perhaps envies them)?

        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't you know sarcasm when you see it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I got some pics of the 1-series convertible at the Philly Auto Show last weekend. It was hard to tell that it wasn't a 3-series, especially since it was raised up on a platform. It wasn't drawing a crowd.


      The X6 was also there.
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