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The BMW obsessives at Bimmerfile supposedly have it on good authority that the 2011 BMW 1 Series will be available with the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox fitted to the current Z4 and a handful of Euro-only models.

Although a six-speed manual will still be available, the proliferation of BMW's DCT throughout its line up -- including the 335i, M3 and Z4 -- makes adding the Getrag-source dual-clutch 'box to the 1 series a no-brainer. Specifically, it should be fitted to the updated 135i when it arrives later this year, which means launch control on BMW's smallest offering is just a few months away.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Everytime I see this car on a 3/4 angle, the bottom middle section looks like it broke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I would have given to be able to order those two-tone cloth/leather combo seats on my 09. Those euro only seats would be so much more comfortable in hot climates than stupid leather or vinyl...sorry, leatherette. BMW NA is still insisting that cloth seats are not consistent with the luxury car image here in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought you could get cloth seats through BMW Individual?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's to expensive, but if I would get one, I would wish for one with the M3 engine out of a 1988 M3 with a 6 speed Stick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hey this will remind everyone of how badly BMW's stint in F1 flopped
      • 5 Years Ago
      too bad it's still ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 1 series is probably my favorite looking BMW since the E36 went out of production in 1999.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Heh. It's actually the only BMW I've loved the looks of in ages.
        Great car. Definitely on my list down the road...
        • 5 Years Ago
        it looks fine from the shoulders up (van hooydonk)
        everything below looks like a peeled potato (bangle)
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        Definitely a butter face, just wish they'd add a turbo 4 instead of that honking TI6
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unless you tell me it is coming in a 5 door hatch, I could care less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't the 1-series already rather expensive and portly? Why add something that is going to make it even more expensive, and probably heavier than a perfectly good 6-speed manual? And this is BMW we are talking about - they are known to making some damn nice manual transmissions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um, it's in ADDITION to the 6-speed manual. I think it's replacing the automatic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no better car under 50k looks or performance. Wow. DCT too? Cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope it's better sorted than the DCT in the M3 - which began with stalling problems when coming to a quick halt, and now thanks to a software revision has a long dangerous lag if you roll back on the throttle after braking (but before halting entirely), such as turning left across oncoming traffic. Nothing, nothing, everyone's eyes getting big, still nothing, then BANG clutch hooks up and way more throttle than you wanted!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this model up for a refresh in 2012? If so, what's the point of major mods for the final year / do they sell enough to justify the cost versus how many they'll sell?

      • 5 Years Ago
      @aliasfox

      Hmm... unless you're overweight, the 1 is not cramped at all inside. I'm 6'2 and 200 pounds and don't have any problems with the size of the cabin - Europeans have been fine with its dimensions for years.

      The 335i is a great car in its own right, but for many of us it has grown way too big and generic. For less money, the 135i is a smaller, faster, more driver-centric car that performs not only better than the 335i, but also the 15k more expensive Porsche Cayman. Unless you really need the back seats, the 135i is a great bargain for the driving enthusiast. I recently got a 335i as a loaner and it felt like a barge... .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Get a Jetta GLI instead of the 1 series. It has 2 more doors, more space, DCT (or manual) available, and is cheaper, better looking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GLI is much slower and looks like a Corolla..... (handles like one too compared to a 135i)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Hamster's referring to the GLI vs the 128i, which probably outsells the 135i. I'd prefer the GTI, but either VW product will be cheaper, roomier, just as fast, and in street driving, fairly close to the 128i in terms of handling. And dare I say it, the Mk6 GTI has nearly as luxurious a "feel" as a 1-series, but with an extra couple of inches in all directions (not to mention a cupholder that doesn't look like an afterthought).

        At the track, a 128i will likely be faster than a GTI, but if you're spending for a 128i and planning on taking it to a track, I'd wager you'd get better bang for your buck from a 370z.

        I like small European cars (I drive a Mk5 GTI myself), but I just don't get why people like the 1-series. The 135i fixes the performance failings of the 128i (more torque and more power all around), but it's still cramped, ugly, and now nearly as expensive as a 335i coupe, which is stylish and for an average sized person doesn't feel cramped when you're the only person sitting in it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honestly, that's a completely different vehicle. The Jetta is a FWD, 4 Door Sedan with 200hp. The 1-Series is a RWD, 2 Door Coupe with 300hp. I have no problem with the GLI, I think it's a great car, but I can't imagine too many people cross-shopping the two.
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