• Mar 4, 2010
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The rumormill has been buzzing lately about a possible M-badged version of the lovely BMW 1 Series. (We still have a hard time calling it M1, since that name has long been reserved for a far more illustrious creation.) A new report from Inside Line, however, reveals that while a 1 Series-based M1 isn't in the cards, we can look forward to seeing a hotted-up 135is, similar to the Z4 sDrive35is and 335is that have just recently been introduced.

Expect the 135is to use the boosted version of BMW's N54 twin-turbo six found in the Z4 and 3 Series variants. This means we can expect total output numbers around the 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet mark, with an overboost mode that delivers up to 370 lb-ft for brief periods of time. Additionally, a more aggressively tuned suspension will be on hand, improving the coupe's overall dynamics. It might not be as exciting as what a full-bore M1 could be, but we aren't complaining, especially since we're such big fans of the current 135i as is.

So, why not do an M1? Much like the problem Porsche faces with the Cayman and the 911, a too-good 1 Series could potentially overthrow the grandaddy M3, and BMW certainly wouldn't want that. Still, we're glad that BMW is committed to producing a more potent 1 Series and are eagerly awaiting our first drive.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Total mistake to not bring over the 5-door from Europe. Also, I'd be much more interested in this car if it had a 4-cylinder motor. Of course, I guess then it would compete with MINI. BMW needs the 1 series to be cheaper and more useful if they expect it to generate sales here...hatches are fine for buyers under 40 years old....we are NOT our parents! I just bought my first hatchback this week after a lifetime of trunks only and I cannot believe I've gone so long without one. BTW, I'm 33 yo for reference. We want and appreciate the usefulness!
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the ugliest cars on the road. What were you thinking BMW!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's a car out there that's better in just about every way. Lighter, better handling. More comfortable. Not only that but the difference in price will more than make up for the RX-8's crummy gas mileage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the best decision ever made by BMW - this car is trying to be a thoroughbred with no history - one must learn to walk before you can run and make your presence known to be worthy of thunder road. Please change those hairy fairy headlights by reshaping the bonnet to overhang over the headlights - and bring back the equal twin bezels from the e30 bmw. Last but not least remove any "crack the mirror" Bangle design from the current models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The BMW Miata... wait... nevermind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks to JP for the tip AB!!! Or not.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no need for M1 - this is "good enough", M3 is all you need if you are about M in small. I love 1 series coupe version, is beautiful and great for tight European towns because of his size.
      -Ivan
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you get a 'basic' 135i coupe w/a proper manual, pretend your a vegan and get pleather, you get a great small, albeit not light, vehicle that already has a sports suspension and brakes included for $36K prior to negotiations. If you want to bloat it with buttons and knobs and poser paddles and other crap that makes sports-luxury cars too pretentious and complicated, then the 1 series is probably not intended for you.

      I would would delete the moonroof for $1K less.

      Why would you want every option?

      The 'basic' manual adjust seats are great. I don't need no stinking power seats & memory buttons to brake later on. Save those fancy gizmos for the Shamoo Killer Whale lift at Seaworld...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ironic to see this news today as I was behind a 1-series with a 135is badge today. Seems to be quite a fan of the 1-series because he has a custom plate and 1-series license plate frame. Sounded pretty good too. I'm going to assume he put his own badge on since the 135is doesn't exist. I was a bit confused by it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen plenty of pre-production cars out and about too. my most recent example was a suzuki kizashi back in September. but has bmw even confirmed the 135is?
      • 4 Years Ago
      a $65,000 ONE series............right.
      has anyone built one of these on their site? really easy to make a $55k car.....
      I am sure the "is" will be able to go well beyond that
        • 4 Years Ago
        yea, it was a convertable - in any case in my opinion when you buy a German car it is like buying sasuage, another link another $$.
        And in the case of the 1 series it seems to closely priced to the 3 series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I built a 135 just now. Put every single option available and it was DIFFICULT to get it to 51k. I wouldn't say it is easy to get one to 55k. I don't know that it is even possible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you gotta go thru the options AND accessories - I just built one to see how high I could get it again and I got up to $63k.....with an extended warranty, all sorts of sports packages, etc, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So....an X5 M and an X6 M are OK, but an M1 isn't? Explain the logic, BMW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        M1 is their icon from the old days - they simply wont use the name M1, they will call it 135is and you will get almost everything that M1 would have to offer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It sounds good, but the problem with the 1 series is it way over priced to be worth it in the first place. I think I rather get a VW R32 for less money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love my friend's 135i for what it is, but without a limited slip diff, I'm not interested. THAT is the shame about BMW not creating an M1. No amount of "electronic" brake-lock slip limiting can make a 300hp sports car feel honest.
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