The 2011 BMW 1-Series
comes as either a trendy, stylish, and speedy coupe or convertible available in five trim levels. It is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged in-line six a 3.0 liter in-line six engine coupled to six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or automated manual DCT dual-clutch, seven-speed auto manual transmission.
Although the BMW 1-Series is technically a four-seater, it's better suited for two passengers, especially during long drives, since legroom is limited in the back seat, which is further compromised by the front seat's backside cushioning. The 1-Series is equipped with a full array of safety equipment that BMW offers. EPA fuel economy rating is in the 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway range.
New for 2011
There are two big changes in the 1 Series for 2011. BMW has dropped the dual turbocharger; in its place is a single twin-scroll unit. Engine power remains the same at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, but it now reaches peak torque at 1200 rpm. Second is the addition of BMW's coveted 7-speed DCT transmission which is available for the first time in the 135i.
Engines: 3.0 L I-6, 3.0L turbocharged I-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
Body Styles: Coupe, Convertible
Trims: 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, M Coupe
On the Outside
With short overhangs in addition to a squared-off nose and rear end, the BWM 1-Series has a styling some find modern and trendy while others thinks it's a bit outdated.
From the Inside
The BMW 1-Series gives you a choice of leatherette or rich Boston leather for upholstery, while the 60/40 split rear seat is standard. The popular Sport Package includes sports bucket seats with enhanced side support.
BMW's dual-clutch automated seven-speed DCT transmission is now finally available for the 1-Series. Based off the 3-Series, only shorter, the 1-Series has equal power but lighter weight, making it a serious performance machine that costs a few dollars less than the 3-Series.
Standard safety equipment on the 1-Series includes driver and passenger front airbags, side impact thorax bags, and front and rear head curtain bags. Also standard are the OnStar Automatic Crash Response system, traction control, and stability control.
128i manual: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
128i manual cabrio: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
128i automatic/DCT: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
128i automatic/DCT cabrio: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
135i manual: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
135i DCT: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Unique styling
- Outstanding performance
- Polarizing styling
- Cramped back seat
- Can be expensive
A top-notch little performer
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