Both body styles also come with a more powerful turbocharged engine as 135i models, covered in a separate report in the Cars. The convertible's available leather upholstery features a sun-reflective treatment. Safety The 2011 1 Series' excellent handling, strong brakes and standard electronic stability control should help it avoid accidents. Its smaller front tires are matched to the job of pointing the car while the fatter rear tires lay the power down in wonderfully linear fashion. The 128i comes with a 230-horsepower, 3.
Rear-seat space is negligible; even small adults will become close friends with the headliner and front seat back. Spent a month driving around Germany, Austria, N. The sophisticated transmission uses two electronic clutches that allow the driver to shift through seven speeds with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. The federally mandated tire-pressure monitor is standard. The 135i's inline-6 engine is turbocharged and direct-injected to produce 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. See for more information on Power Circle Ratings.
There are several modes of sportiness, ranging from relaxed to lightning quick. You could also claim it's just a dumpy-looking coupe that costs too much money. The coupe also gets a black headliner. The federally mandated tire-pressure monitor is standard. They're available with 6-speed manual or 6-speed Steptronic automatic. Yet as a daily driver it stumbles noticeably.
The sportier settings can make the shifts a bit abrupt, and we would prefer the easier-to-use steering wheel paddles in the M3, which downshift on the left and upshift on the right. The M badge has always signified true performance design. The recall began on March 13, 2013. A storage package for the trunk area includes some tie-downs and straps and a 12-volt power point for external accessories. The MacPherson strut-type front and multi-link rear arrangement is tuned for sporty handling.
If that isn't enough, consider stepping up to the 300-hp, twin-turbocharged 135i, which is covered separately in the Cars. The 135's turbocharged inline-6 engine cranks up the power while retaining every bit of that characteristic smoothness. Also, the 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission. With the 135i, brakes are upgraded to a strong 6-piston setup in front 2-piston in back. The 128i convertible adds a fully lined power-folding automatic soft top and a special convertible mode for the climate control. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.
Perhaps, but it would have cost more and I didn't want to spend too much money on something that was to be used on a part time basis. Exterior Compared to the 3 Series coupe, the 128i features a more upright grille and a C-pillar that's not as sleekly styled. A Convenience Package includes rear park assist, keyless access and starting, steering-linked adaptive xenon headlights, and an alarm. Although the 135i with the top-of-the-line powertrain gets most of the attention, the 128i is still plenty of fun to drive, particularly with the manual transmission coupled to its free-revving six. Those extra buttons provide easier access various functions, eliminating a few steps. Two different inline six-cylinder engines are offered, both driving the rear wheels. Driving a 300-hp, 3400-pound rear-drive coupe built on a short-wheelbase chassis adds up to a great deal of driving enjoyment, especially when the engine's torque curve is absolutely flat from 1200 to 5000 rpm and the engine redlines at 7000 rpm.
Top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph or 149 mph with the Sport Package. It features an even more powerful version of the 135's 3. Both come with a fully automatic fabric folding top. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. It's silky smooth and clutch take-up feels natural. . Driving this beauty is like having a dream so good you just don't want to wake up.
The 135i Sport package adds sport seats, an M Sport steering wheel, Shadowline trim and increased top speed. A key factor was trunk space since I plan on using the car for trips in my retirement. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. The 135i's brakes use massive six-piston calipers at the front and twin-piston calipers at the rear, with 13. We found the front bucket seats to be very comfortable and supportive, with big side bolsters. Front leg room is reduced by a quarter inch, and head room by three-quarters of an inch. The 135i Convertible does not have the Coupe's body kit.