2013 BMW 135 Overview
Offered in coupe and convertible versions, the 135 has been marketed as a descendant to the 2002tii model from the early 1970s. Both the 135 and the 2002tii could be described as small, light two-doors with potent engines relative to the machinery of their respective days. For 2013, a 135is model debuts but the 1M has ended. The135is features a bump in performance from the standard model, but not as much as the M offered.
Standard 135i models feature styling cues that are part of the 128 M Sport styling package, including the front fascia and trio of large air vents. Otherwise, the 135 features the same styling and cloth top on the convertibles. Rounding out the standard exterior features are xenon headlights with LED accents, 17- or 18-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tips, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. For the 135is, BMW adds 18-inch wheels, gloss black grille and side mirrors, and unique badging.
Under the hood, there are two different engine options. The 135i features a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six developing 300 pounds feet of torque and mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters sending power to the rear wheels. Stepping up to the 135is brings a tuned up version of the same engine developing 320 horsepower and 317 pounds feet of torque. Enhanced engine cooling system, sport-tuned suspension, and high-performance brakes are also part of the 135is upgrades.
When it comes to the 135’s fuel economy ratings, the best numbers come from the 135i Coupe with the manual gearbox, which gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the automatic comes in at 18 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway. With the drop-top model, the manual returns 19/28 mpg city/highway with the automatic slipping to 18/25 mpg city/highway. The EPA hasn’t released separate figures for the 135is.
As is the case with the 128 interior, the 135 is a business-like affair. The coupe features a 60/40 split rear seat, while the convertible has only a pass-through opening from the trunk. As with the 128, standard upholstery is faux leather vinyl with the real stuff being optional. The iDrive system has the same capabilities of text-to-speech and Bluetooth connectivity. For the 135is, there are stainless steel pedals, sport seats with optional leather and special badging.
All the 1-Series safety features are on hand, including stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist and active front and rear active head restraints. Front and front side-impact airbags are found on coupe and convertible, with front and rear side-curtain airbags on the hardtop and an automatic rollover protection system for the drop-top. An automatic crash detection system disconnects the alternator, starter and fuel pump from the battery, unlocks the doors and turns on hazard and interior lights.