You may find this hard to believe, but there are lots of really cool and fun-to-drive cars available that get great
. Unfortunately for American drivers most of them can't be bought here. One prime example is the new
123d coupe. While Americans will be able the recently introduced 1-series coupe soon, we will only get examples powered by the gas-fueled six cylinders from the 3-series. The 123d is motivated by BMW's new 2.0L turbo-diesel four with 204 hp and 298 lb-ft of torque. The Times of
got to sample one and, while they are no fans of the 1-series in general, when the car is powered by this
, it's a whole new ball-game. With a very respectable 0-62mph time of 7 seconds, it gets an official combined rating of 45.2 mpg (US) and CO2
of 138 g/km. Even while thrashing the car for their test, the Times never dipped to even 30 mpg. Please BMW, give us the 123d!
[Source: Times of London]