The regular 2012 model year 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models have finally being unveiled following the presentation of BMW 1-Series M Coupe recently. The models which have been updated have received no major mechanical makeovers. The 135i received the N55 twin-scroll turbo engine in spring 2010. BMW has given more importance to subtle design and improved aerodynamics of the car including refinements to various controls of the car. A new set of exterior paint colors, and upgraded upholstery and interior trim are also on offer from BMW.
They have kept the new exterior design short and crisp. The headlights have been modified and rear lights have been equipped with LED strips. A new set of design has been introduced to the 17-inch alloy and 18-inch alloy wheels and two new paint finishes has been introduced, namely Vermilion Red and Marrakesh Brown.
The vertical ventilation slits in the front apron of the car has been resized in order to channel air into the wheel arches and an “air curtain” or aerodynamic screening effect across the face of the front wheels which will effectively reduce the drag of the car.
The good news for all buyers is that whether you buy a Coupe or a Convertible, you are sure to get new trim features along with upholstery options. Along with this BMW has also introduced a new sports leather clad steering wheel and also an M leather steering wheel both clad in shift paddles. So BMW is making sure you get a plenty of options.
Other major changes in the model are the new markings on the DSC button in the instrument panel. The letters DSC denoting Dynamic Stability control have been replaced by a new international symbol which denotes DSC. The light control center and the climate control panel in the center console has been equipped with chrome edging.
Meanwhile the US will continue to consume the 1-Series Convertible that is on offer along side an option of having two power trains, a 3.0-liter inline-six [N55] with a twin-scroll turbocharger capable of delivering power of upto 300 h.p. and a torque of about 300 lb-ft in the 135i models.
The 135i comes with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or with an option of BMW’s
7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT). The 135i Coupe is capable of hitting the 60 mph [96km/h] mark from rest with the standard 6-speed manual transmission in a mere matter of 5.1 seconds, while the DCT model does the very same in 5.0 seconds.
The 128i comes with an option of 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The 128i Coupe touches 60 mph from rest in 6.7 seconds. It does the same in 6.1 seconds with this standard 6-speed manual transmission.
The updated versions of 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models will hit the showrooms in the United States this spring.
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