Reviews the 2013 BMW 135is

With the 135is, BMW took a less-is-more strategy — and to good effect. The compact coupe delivers an entertaining driving experience with refreshingly few frills, says reviewer Mike Hanley. Its potent turbocharged inline-six engine and slick-shifting six-speed manual make it engaging; its simple interior layout and gadget-free control system keep the focus on the driving.

2013 BMW 135is Review



A smaller, simpler and lighter car is a great concept that is usually associated with a smaller price tag. Not in this case. I like the way the one series drives but 50K is a hard sell. I even looked at 128s but it's hard to find one of those under 40 k. I wish Nissan would revive the Datsun 510 or GM would follow through with their talk of a lightweight, rear drive sedan. Like today's one series, the 510 was the antidote to overweight and expensive BMWs of the time. But it's lighter weight added up to superior performance and a smaller price tag. And that's why they are still wildly popular - check out the Jay Leno's garage episode with the 510. That's what we need today -another bargain priced pocket rocket from somebody who doesn't charge more for less.


Well said, carma...
I couldn't agree with you more!
The automakers just aren't listening it seems, and if they do then this is the type of vehicle they produce. How mistaken they are!


"A smaller, simpler and lighter car is a great concept that is usually associated with a smaller price tag."

May I introduce you to the FR-S?

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