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Caradvice of Australia reviews the BMW M135i against a group of small sports sedans and hatchback – the Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Volkswagen Golf R.

Who comes out on top? They call the M135i an “obvious winner.”

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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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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.

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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

Jeremy Clarkson on the BMW M135i

11/22/2012 at 10:40 AM
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Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear reviews the BMW M135i in a recent Sunday Times UK issue.

See what amusing and insightful things Mr. Clarkson has to say about the M135i inside.

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The latest issue of EVO magazine features the EVO Car of the Year feature. The BMW M135i makes the short list of great cars under consideration.

The results are as follows (from best to worst), according to EVO:

1) Pagani Huayra
1) Lotus Exige V6 (tie)
3) Porsche Boxster S
4) Mclaren MP4-12C
5) Porsche 911 Carrera
6) BMW M135i (8 speed auto)

Other contenders that didn’t make the final shootout:

Mercedes C63 AMG Black
Alpina B3 GT3
Morgan 3 Wheeler
Toyota GT 86

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BMW is putting huge effort in launching a revolutionary, new “three” [full technical details inside]. Before you get too excited, let’s be clear that what we are talking about is not the next generation of the quintesssential sports sedan. The “three” refers to the entry-level iteration of BMW’s new, modular engine family. In the quest to modernize its engine portfolio and achieve maximum economies of scale, Munich is launching closely related three-, four- and six-cylinder engines for diesel and gasoline applications.

There is a lot of … CONTINUED

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The 2014 M3 (F80) prototype which was spotted in Los Angeles this past weekend has made its way into the California Mojave Desert’s Death Valley for high temperature testing.

With high temperature testing always comes the removal of some front end camouflage, necessary to increase the prototypes’ air intake and cooling; which makes us the indirect beneficiaries of ever better looks at an exposed front end.

Yesterday’s F80 M3 spy pics (some copied below) gave us the best idea yet of the lines and shape of the front … CONTINUED

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The press drives of the BMW M135i are underway and with that come the first reviews, and they are very positive. See inside for more.

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BMW Car Magazine undertakes a fraternal twins rivalry comparison in pitting HP Autowerks’ BMW 1M coupe against its tuned 135i coupe.

The tuned 135i coupe is equipped with DCT transmission and tuned to be 400+ HP / 420 lb-ft torque with piggyback tune, intake tubing, M3 suspension arms/bushings, coilovers, and exhaust system.

So do all these upgrades to the tuned 135i make it ‘better’ than the factory 1M coupe? Read on inside to see how they compare.

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The team at Fifth Gear reviews the 2012 BMW F20 1 Series Hatchback. See video inside.