2013 BMW 135is: First Look

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  • Competes with: Audi TTS, Infiniti G37 coupe
  • Looks like: A possible placeholder for the next 1 Series M?
  • Drivetrain: The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine makes 320 hp in this application
  • Hits dealerships: This fall

BMW may have canceled the 1 Series M for 2012, but a sport-tuned model is coming to the lineup for 2013. Coupe and convertible versions of the BMW 135is go on sale this fall.

The 2013 135is coupe and convertible will cost $44,145 and $48,845, respectively (including $895 destination and handling) and feature a slew of performance-oriented enhancements. Both models use the 135i's direct-injected twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, but it makes 320 horsepower and 317 pounds-feet of torque in this application — up 20 hp and 17 pounds-feet over the traditional model. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a seven-speed double-clutch automatic is optional on both body styles.

Other performance upgrades include a sport suspension and a performance exhaust system. For extra fun, BMW recalibrated the car's traction control system, giving it a higher threshold before it activates. "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," BMW said in a statement.

Model-exclusive exterior updates — unique 18-inch wheels, a high-gloss black kidney grille, black mirror caps and specific badging — add on to the M Sport Package and add some visual drama. The interior is decked out with more badges, stainless-steel pedals and standard black sport seats with blue contrast stitching.

As for the 2012 1 Series M, we've inquired as to whether the car was officially canceled, but haven't heard back yet.

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Comments 

"The 2013 135is coupe and convertible will cost $44,145 and $48,845"

Talk about sticker shock and I actually like this car but could not fathom dropping that much on this little vehicle. Personally feel like it should be more in the 30's and maybe the M topping out in the 40's

Okay I stand corrected, i kinda skimmed thru the article. Did not realize that this was the 330 horsepowere one.

Oughtamobile

That extra 20 hp is worth 15K, correct? I agree with your first post.

Jferrari427

Its nice, but a little too stubby and stalky in appearance. This car really should be a 2 seater. Also, thats a lot of dough for a 1 series. $40,000 loaded and it would be competitive. I would rather have a G37S coupe for the same price, fully equipped.

There might be a lot of disappointment that the 1 series M can be canceled or delayed, but the 135is sure seems like a winner. A 2-seater release by BMW would have been more preferred. The 320 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque is really impressive. Definitely worth the $44-48k price tag in my opinion.

Kirk

Being one that has sampled the Series 1 M, owned the 135i, the 135is will be a winner. No one that has ever driven the 135i (the way she was designed to be driven) will argue that this is a terrific BMW. Big A** engine in a small body can't be a bad thing...

MIke

We bought the first 135is on the west coast. Walked in to the dealer Saturday morning spoke to a sales person and looked at several cars. Looked over the 135is, drove it and that was it. The power in sport mode with the 7 speed DCT is outstanding. If you complain about the price then you should be looking at a hyundai or a honda. The car rocks.

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