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The Little M3 Aka The 135i

Reviewing: Bmw 135i Coup  |  Rating:
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This machine is a beast, that is undisputable. BMW has created another masterpiece this time with its new compact 2-door 135i. This car features the Twin-Turbo inline 6, 300 bhp n54 engine, meaning, it goes blow-your-socks-off fast. BMW has marketed this 1-series addition to their lineup as an "entry level sports coupé, " while the price fully loaded (~$55000 CAD) is not far off its 3-series big brother, it certainly is a sporty car. I had trouble deciding whether to categorize this masterpiece as a luxury vehicle or a sports car. I wish I could choose both, because this really is a mix of both, you get BMW luxury with performance that rivals that of an e46 M3, and with a few bolt-ons can even challenge BMW's newest v8 M3. BMW has also created a great alternative to driving manual with its steptronic system (w/ optional s#&*ft paddles).

I only have a few complaints about this vehicle, one of which is it's lack of functional rear seats, which I cant really complain about, since it is a coupé. The other is the Premium sound system, while it is a step up from the base system, it is inferior to the Logic 7 sound system in the 335i. There is a slight difference in the dashboard materials used in the 135i and its big brother the 335i, but the loss of quality is not a huge deal, at least for me, it still looks clean and well put together. I have heard complaints about the Runflat tires that come stock on this car, but they have not been an issue for me, except in the winter, but the Rear wheel drive didnt help that situation either. The 135i looks great in a few different colors, pictured is the car with the "Sparkling Graphite Metallic" color option, which has since been discontinued for the 135i and replaced with "Space Grey." The gas mileage is decent, considering what is under the hood of this beast. There are a fair share of options to go along with this car, some of which, in my opinion, are necessary to complete the driving experience and should have been included stock.

Personally I love this car, I can see why BMW's are "the ultimate driving machine."