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135i Coupé
135i
BMW
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36,000 CR
Model year: 2009
Performance Index: B 454
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
SPEED
6.3
HANDLING
4.9
ACCELERATION
6.9
LAUNCH
7.2
BRAKING
4.8
Advanced Performance
Power: 300 HP (223 kW)
Torque: 300 lb ft (406 N·m)
Weight: 3373 lbs (1529 Kg)
Front: 52%
Displ: 3.0 L
Power/weight: 196 HP per ton

146 kW per ton


The 135i is no 2002 Turbo revival—and that’s a good thing. Sure, it’s smaller than the 3-Series it shares its basic structure with, but it also is robust enough to pack its big sibling’s twin-turbocharged inline six. The 3-liter motor produces more than enough power for the short-wheelbase 135i, boasting such modern conveniences like direct-injection and quick-spooling turbos, which make the driving experience less of a chore than its finicky forced-induction ancestor. In fact, the 135i is downright simple to motivate quickly, and with its diminutive proportions it’s a nimble handler. It also sounds absolutely phenomenal, often an afterthought in turbocharged engine design (turbos tend to quiet the exhaust and engine sounds). With powerful brakes and competent (but compliant) suspension, the torquey 135i is adept at dispatching miles of twisty roads with little drama.

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