With M Out Of The Picture, 2013 BMW 135is Launches As Fastest 1-Series

For a while, most of the automotive world was intently focused on the BMW 1-Series M. A lot of news, teasers and relentless speculation lead to its debut. Then, BMW announced it was a “one and done”, with it being put into production for just one model year. We’re not sure why they did that, but it was nice while it lasted.

As a bit of a consolation, BMW is announcing the 135is Coupe and Convertible for 2013. While it is no 1-Series M, the 135is is the most powerful standard 1-Series yet. The 1-Series is a previous generation BMW product, developed during the Bangle era. That means it is a bit legacy in terms of powertrain setup as well.

Base models of the 3- and 5-Series have turned to turbo four-cylinder power, but the 135is still has a six-cylinder. And not just any six, mind you, but BMW’s lovely turbocharged 3.0-liter inline unit. For duty in the 135is the 3.0-liter has added 20 horsepower and 17 pound-feet of torque. The result is 320 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Exterior changes include a darkened grille and mirror, along with unique 18-inch wheels.

The suspension has been tweaked as well, with a stiffer tune versus the standard car. While not an M Performance model, M Sport bits have been thrown in the interior to give it a sportier feel. Compact and rear-wheel drive, the 135is should be a lot of fun to throw it around. Like the 1-Series M, enjoy it while it lasts! Like the rest of the competition, the next-generation car will be moving to a front-wheel drive platform. A FWD architecture is being developed to underpin cars like the 1-Series and upcoming MINI. The 135is starts at $44,195 (including $895 destination) and $44,895 for the convertible. If you’re interested, head to the BMW dealer – they are on sale now.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

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