Let's get one thing straight: We'll never complain about a new BMW 1 Series performance model, and on paper, this new-for-2013 135is sure seems like a total hoot. But you have to understand, we're still mourning the loss of the 1 Series M Coupe, a one-year model that we absolutely fell in love with when it debuted last year. To quote BMW, the 135is is the "top performance model 1 Series for 2013," and awesome as it may be, it just makes the 1M's death seem all the more permanent. Le sigh.

Still, there's plenty to be excited about with this new 135is. Available in both coupe and convertible body styles, the hotter 1 Series uses a more powerful version of the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six from the 135i, boosted to 320 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque here – upgrades of 20 and 17, respectively, over the standard car. Both a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission are available.

A revised sport suspension comes standard, as do visual upgrades like new 18-inch alloy wheels, a blacked-out grille and black mirror caps, in addition to all of the usual M Sport cosmetic changes.

The 135is is available to order as you read this, with the first deliveries taking place in the fall. Pricing starts at $44,195 for the coupe and $44,895 for the convertible, including the $895 destination charge. Give the 1 Series M a final wave goodbye and scroll down to take in all of the details about the 135is in BMW's press blast.
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New BMW 135is Continues BMW's "s" Model Tradition.
15.05.2012

New top performance model 1 Series for 2013

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – EMBARGO: May 15, 2012 12:00PM EDT.... In the long standing tradition of high performance BMW "is" models, BMW today announced an enhanced performance version of the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible called the BMW 135is. The 2013 135is Coupe and Convertible focus the qualities that made the 135i such a success amongst driving enthusiasts – with more performance, enhanced sound and dynamic design details. Both the new 135is Coupe and Convertible are scheduled to arrive in BMW Center showrooms this fall with retail pricing set at $44,145 and $48,845 respectively (including $895 destination and handling).

Both models are equipped with BMW's award winning TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 engine (N55) featuring Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, direct injection and a single twin-scroll turbocharger. For the 135is, the engine has been tuned to increase peak horsepower to 320 hp (+20 hp increase) and 317 lb-ft of torque (+17 lb.ft) while maintaining the same emissions level and MPG ratings of the 135i. A Performance exhaust system complements the increased engine performance and provides a sporty exhaust tone. The engine cooling system has been upgraded to match the additional performance output by adding a larger, and more powerful radiator fan and an auxiliary radiator.

Both BMW 135is models will be offered with either a standard 6-Speed manual transmission or an optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission.

The 135is is equipped with sport suspension incorporating an aluminum double-pivot front suspension and a five-link fully independent rear suspension in lightweight steel.

BMW's Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also includes a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function that provides electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher threshold before activation. This allows the driver to experience more spirited driving on dry roads and offers more flexibility when driving in more challenging conditions such as in snow. If the driver desires, both DSC and DTC can be disabled entirely. In addition to its duties as a safety system, the DSC system on the 135is is programmed specifically to enhance performance-oriented driving. The differential in the 135is comes from a new generation of final drives optimized for running smoothness and fuel efficiency. Featuring double-helical ball bearings, the differential runs at an even lower operating temperature reached more quickly than before thanks to the reduction of fluid required in the differential. Electronic rear brake management is used to simulate a differential lock for stronger acceleration in turns and low-traction conditions.

The exterior of the new 135is Coupe / Convertible will be clearly identified by exclusive 18" wheels, unique high-gloss black kidney grill, black mirror caps and special exterior badges in additional to the standard M Sport Package components. Interior highlights include stainless steel pedals, special interior badges and optional black leather seats with blue stitching for the standard sport seats.

The BMW135is Coupe and Convertible are available to order now and are scheduled to arrive in BMW Center showrooms this fall.


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      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering the 3-series is now where the 5 used to be, well into the $40s and 50s with options, it's clear that the 1-series is the new 'true' BMW. It still has BMWs traditional steering technology, unlike the F30, and it's definitely the drivers' car. It's too bad we only get the 2-door. Give us more options, BMW!
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rated - 320hp Actual - 340 - 350hp Brings me back to the good ole days when cars were underrated specifically to reduce insurance costs :-)
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did they finally cure the HPFP issues? I'm assuming they did. This thing is badass!
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a neat car and all but it's kind of depressing when this starts at $44,195. The 1 series M coupe started at only $46,135 according to edmunds. The limited edition M car was less than 2k more and currently has a market price of closer to 60k+. I'm still kicking myself for missing the 1M
      Will
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also: Subaru's world rally blue looks good on the BMW. Squint real hard and you have a bloated BRZ.
      Will
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any weight savings? Driven a 135 and found it plowed hard. Wish I got in a 1M when I had the chance. Saw one on Hwy280 Silicon Valley today--Nice!
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why no F20 based car yet? Is this a last year special edition before the US gets an F20 based car?
      whatever
      • 2 Years Ago
      Edit to Article: The convertible is not $400 more than the hard-top, it's $4,000 more. Press release quotes $48,845.
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get a 135i buy a JuiceBox for $400 and you will have 380HP and 380 torque
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      the diff is badass but is it a limited slip unit? nope :( Still good for autocrossing, but that lack of LSD kills me
        john john
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        It has an electronic diff. and it works great.. i have a 2008 1 with a tune.. great car i miss it
      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's funny to watch commenters not understand this costing $45k....when crappy Camrys are regularly selling for $30k......the price of cars has increased. Get over it..... the 1-series is based off the 3-series. Expensive to produce, imported.....and of much finer quality than any $30k Mustang could ever be....
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @1STH
        75% of Camry's sold are lower end 4 cylinder models, not the luxo-V6's that do cost 30k.
          Gearhoor
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Yep, that's true... 1sth reasoning is a total stretch to say the least!!! I think the only reason he's trying to defend BMW's madness is that he probably got suckered into overpaying for a BMW. Ha ha ha!!!
      Snark
      • 2 Years Ago
      In non-M trim it's still a pretty interesting package...but $45k is uncomfortably straddling the price of a pretty nicely loaded Mustang GT, 370Z or Camaro and the price of a Cayman, Boxster, or S5. Can't say I find that terribly compelling.
        whatever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
        Funny, the S5's, Caymans and Boxsters around here aren't straddling this thing's price...
          Snark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @whatever
          Read for comprehension, please.
        deeeznuuuts83
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
        I agree. And realistically speaking, if you live anywhere halfway decent with a BMW dealership, it's likely that the ones that they order will have a lot of the extras already added onto it, as the "base" trims of each model usually still have the leatherette materials.
        4RR4Y
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
        Nobody on the market for a premium (luxury) performance coupe will cross-shop the 135is with a Mustang/370Z/Camaro. The latter half of your argument isn't even relevant, given that you cant buy a new example of the Boxster/Cayman/S5 for less than $50k - Realisically, you'd be breaching $60k after markups.
          dmclone
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4RR4Y
          Why wouldn't someone cross-shop a 370z and a 135? A 50K 1 series makes no sense. It's 10K overpriced if not more.
          Snark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4RR4Y
          First off, yes, they absolutely will. I know the "commentators" around here love to believe nobody would compare a lowly Mustang with a *insert German car here,* but in fact I, a real life performance car buyer, and my friends, who are also real life performance car buyers, actually do that. My buddy just went from an M3 to a Mustang GT and loves it. People who don't actually buy performance cars but just bullshit about them on the internet tend to overrate the distinctions between price classes and premium "tiers". And secondly, you missed my point entirely. Read for comprehension, please. My point was that you can either step down a few grand and get a car that's about as nice and performs as well, or that you step up for a few grand and get a car that's nicer and performs better. And so I, personally, me, this guy posting under the handle "Snark", think this straddles a bit of a watershed in the performance car market where it'd be difficult to resist the temptation to go cheaper and take a trip to Brazil for the difference, or go more expensive and get a mid engine car. Third - yes, you can buy a new Boxster, Cayman, or S5 for within $2k of $50k. I'm shopping in this class right now. And sure, they go above $60k if you're a bad shopper or get option-happy. What, you're telling me the BMW is less so? Really?
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