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The first professional reviews of the BMW 135is are finally in, by Road and Track. And to no surprise, they are stellar.

Read on to see what these two outlets have to say exactly about the 135is coupe.

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Here is the first M135i owners meet by 1ADDICTS members, taking place in Hong Kong. The group gathered to share in their common ownership and to see various options and colors in person.

The cars here represented 4 of the 6 colors available on the M135i in Hong Kong (only black and silver were missing).

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These two desirable BMW coupes are on exhibit at the 2013 NY auto show, with the F13 M6 coupe representing the newly here while the 135is coupe is on its way out.

This black sapphire metallic M6 is the flagship BMW M coupe with its 560hp / 502 lb-ft torque twin turbo V8 powerplant, while the 135is coupe remains one of BMW’s best performing small coupe, for now…

The 135is coupe will be replaced later this year by the BMW M235i coupe (the E82 1 series coupe … CONTINUED

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Hitting the spot: BMW Group Design wins four red dot awards in 2013. International jury recognises the excellent design quality of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW R 1200 GS.

The BMW Group can add another chapter to its successful history in the red dot awards, with BMW Group Design taking home four of the internationally renowned distinctions in the red dot award: product design 2013 competition. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series … CONTINUED

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This past weekend, BIMMERPOST members from many of our communities braved the cold Chicago winter weather to meet with other enthusiasts at Burnham Harbor by Soldier Field.

Check out their event photos inside.

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BMW has released some new videos for the BMW Concept Active Tourer, which will serve as the basis for the upcoming FWD BMW 1 Series GT (Gran Turismo).

The first clip highlights the versatility and multi-use function that the 1 Series GT will serve, for many types of lifestyles and activities. This is the video which was on played at the BMW Concept Active Tourer display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

These two videos also give us the first look at the BMW C.A.T. in motion.… CONTINUED

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Making its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show is this M135i F21 hatchback, by Swiss tuner, Sportec.

Sportec’s tuning program offers two stages. The first stage includes software tuning only, which upgrades the M135i’s N55 power output to 355 hp (from the factory 315 hp). The second stage includes the software upgrades from Stage 1, plus downpipes and new exhaust system (with titanium tail pipes), which combine to give the M135i 370 hp.

At 370 hp, Sportec claims that the M135i’s 0-62 mph (0-100 kmh) time … CONTINUED

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The front facsia/bumper design patent for the upcoming 1 Series GT has been revealed and it follows the attractive Concept Active Tourer (upon which the 1 Series GT is based), as BMW’s production models often do compared to the concept version.

As you can see there will be LED lights and even side cameras available as optional equipment.

Here are the specs of the concept model:

Plug-in hybrid
eDrive pairs a 1.5L petrol engine (twinpower 3 cylinder turbo) with electric … CONTINUED

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BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through July 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011.

The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat … CONTINUED

BMW M135i Hooning in Feature Video

02/13/2013 at 11:30 AM
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Fun M135i video feature by Autogespot, with some nice production quality and hoonage, showing off the first petrol M Performance Automobile’s acceleration, drifting, and control.

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Here is a DIY install guide for installing N55 mid pipes on a N54 powered model and deleting the secondary cats.

The main benefit of deleting the N54′s secondary cats is more flow, better faster spool up of the turbos, and a louder more deeper tone of the exhaust note.

Warm Bodies Z4 sDrive35is Ad Spot

02/05/2013 at 11:00 AM
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Here’s an ad spot cross-promoting the just released zombie movie Warm Bodies and the BMW Z4 sDrive35is.

Its tagline asks: “What makes you feel the most alive?” The answer of course is the Z4 sDrive35is, with its 335hp N54 inline 6 engine and performance suspension.

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The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2013 World Car Awards winners’ press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The 2013 World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.

The top three finalists in all award categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013.

A jury of sixty-six (66) distinguished international … CONTINUED

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Top Gear HK (Hong Kong) pits the 320hp M135i versus the 340hp 1M Coupe in a drag race. The M135i puts in an impressive performance over the 150 meter race.

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Follow this great project thread as a 1ADDICTS member details his conversion of a 135i to 1M coupe+

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Sport Auto’s Christian Gebhardt in the BMW M135i by Versus Performance with 384hp (factory M135i has 320hp). Laptime Hockenheim and acceleration 0-259 km/h High Speed with Michelin Cup tires.

Bonus video clip of the M135i fitted with Bastuck Exhaust System.

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Autoblog shares their review and impressions from some time behind the wheel of a 1 Series powered by BMW’s new 1.5L 3 Cylinder TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine (the “B38″ engine).

This is the engine you will see in many of BMW’s forthcoming FWD models, including the recently revealed Concept Active Tourer, and MINI models.

In this particular application – in a prototype F20 1 Series, the B38 is quoted at 175hp @ 5000 rpm and 200 lb-ft torque @ 1500 rpm. The officially quoted 0-62mph (0-100kmh) time … CONTINUED

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Sport Auto takes the BMW 1M coupe and M135i to the Hockenheim track for a track and performance showdown.