2011 BMW 135 Overview
Don’t let its small stature fool you; the 2011 BMW 135i packs a punch and has all of the requisite German-made luxury appointments and driving impressions. Available as a coupe or convertible, the 135i is evidence that sport and luxury can be found in small packages.
Speaking of that punch, the 2011 135i features an all-new 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine. The new engine sends power through the rear wheels and is mated to a standard six-speed manual or new seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission. Paddle shifters are optional, as is the Active Steering system that adjusts how much the car turns for a given turn of the steering wheel. The new engine is also more efficient than the last with 18-20 mpg in the city and 25-28 mpg on the highway. The 2011 135i is the more powerful sister of the 128i and boasts a stiffer sport suspension and performance brakes for an overall cleaner, tighter driving experience. The 135i competes with the Audi TT and Nissan 370Z.
The 2011 BMW 135i rests on 18-inch wheels (coupe) and features standard heated side-view mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and a power soft top that can open or close in 22 seconds (on convertible models). Eight-way adjustable front seats, engine start/stop button, auxiliary input jack for audio devices and HD Radio are also standard. Interior space in the 2011 BMW 128i is versatile with 60/40-split folding rear seats that provide enhanced trunk volume (up to 13 cubic feet). The convertible’s leather seats feature BMW’s sun reflective technology, which lowers the temperature of seating surfaces exposed to the sunlight.
There are several packages that offer many different luxury amenities, like the Cold Weather Package boasts heated front seats and a ski bag, while the Sport Package features an increased top speed limiter, M steering wheel and sport seats. A Premium Package includes auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, power front seats, universal garage door opener, ambiance lighting, lumbar support, BMW Assist with Bluetooth connectivity and Boston Leather seating options. The M Sport Package adds 18-inch Light alloy Double-spoke wheels, Shadowline exterior trim and anthracite headliner. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with a CD player and MP3 capability, smartphone integration, heated steering wheel and a navigation system, which utilizes BMW’s iDrive control system, are also optional.
When it comes to staying safe, the 2011 BMW 135i is protected by a host of standard safety technologies, including side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants (except for the convertible, which gets pop-up roll bars), an electronic stability system and antilock brakes. Park Distance Control, automatic high beams and keyless entry with an anti-theft alarm system are optional.
With so many options and configurations that fuse so perfectly with power and efficiency, it’s no wonder that the 2011 BMW 135i provides a top-notch driving experience.