2013 BMW 135is: First Look
- 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.
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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