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01/22/2013    2:30 PM
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Follow this great project thread as a 1ADDICTS member details his conversion of a 135i to 1M coupe+

01/08/2013    8:00 AM
COMMENTS: 23

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.

01/07/2013    5:30 PM
COMMENTS: 30

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 is 7.0 seconds. How does it drive and feel though? Read on inside.

01/07/2013    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 72

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

01/03/2013    3:30 PM
COMMENTS: 177

BMW received some jeers over the implementation of “Active Sound” technology in the F10 M5, where the car reproduces and boosts and the car’s engine sound electronically via the in-car audio system.

And the same technology may now be in use in the M135i (and possibly other models as well). The M135i actually sounds great inside the passenger cabin, but a BIMMERPOST site member recently conducted a test on his M135i by unplugging the sound symposer device, which led to the loss of much of the engine noise inside the car’s passenger cabin. Check out the comparison videos inside.

01/02/2013    10:00 PM
COMMENTS: 59

Auto Express UK track tests the new BMW M135i versus the Subaru WRX STI 340R. Here’s how they compare on paper.

BMW M135i:
3 liter inline 6 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 5.1 seconds (manual), 4.9 seconds (automatic)
Weight: 3174 lbs

Subaru WRX STI 340R:
2.5 liter 4 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Weight: 3249 lbs

12/24/2012    9:30 AM
COMMENTS: 32

2012 was a busy year for BMW and saw the company introduce many models. These include the LCI 7 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe, ActiveHybrid 5, F10 3 Series Sedan, F11 3 Series Touring, M135i hatchback, M Performance Automobiles, M6 Coupe and Convertible, and M6 Gran Coupe.

BMW revisits the 2012 year in this review video.

12/18/2012    7:30 PM
COMMENTS: 69

We recently reported on the M135i recording a 8:05 bridge to gantry Nurburgring lap, but Sport Auto has now released its official time in the M135i for a full lap on the Nurburgring.

Sport Auto has piloted the M135i around the Ring in 8:18. The test car was RWD and equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission.

Here’s how this time compares to other notable cars with similar lap times:

7:48 – BMW M3 GTS
7:50 – BMW M3 CSL
8:05 – BMW E92 M3 (2007)
8:09 – Audi RS4 (2006)
8:09 – BMW E63 M6 (2005)
8:13 – BMW E60 M5 (2004)
8:13 – Mercedes C63 AMG (2009)
8:15 – BMW 1M Coupe (2011)
8:16 – Porsche Cayman S (2009)
8:17 – Porsche Boxster S (2009)
8:18 – BMW M135i (2012)
8:18 – Lexus IS-F (2007)
8:22 – BMW … CONTINUED

12/17/2012    7:15 PM
COMMENTS: 48

The new Limited Edition Lifestyle equipment package shines an even brighter spotlight on the aesthetic qualities of the BMW 1 Series Coupe and BMW 1 Series Convertible. The package’s exclusive and high-quality equipment details are carefully coordinated and add engaging flourishes to both the interior and the exterior.

As well as the exclusive Mineral White metallic paint, customers can also choose from two other exterior colours, while 18-inch light-alloy wheels accentuate the cars’ classy looks. The Lifestyle Edition contrasts are particularly effective on the BMW 1 Series Convertible; a brown soft-top with silver pigmentation generates fascinating light effects, for example. Brown leather trim with white contrast stitching plays the lead role in the interior of the Lifestyle Edition cars. A matching brown sports leather steering wheel, … CONTINUED