BMW just official unveiled its newly anticipated 1 Series M Coupe, and now, BMW is releasing both the coupe and convertible versions of the 128i and 135i for 2012. The major change to the new models is the addition of the BMW’s innovative Air Curtain to counter turbulence near the wheel arches and so reduces the aerodynamic resistance of the vehicle.
The new BMW 128i and 135i received minor changes for 2012. It is equipped with new Xenon headlamps with new horizontal LED eyebrow just like the BMW 5 Series, and in the rear, a set of revised LED taillamps use LED. The BMW 1 Series also gets the M Sport package that includes an aero kit, a sport suspension setup, and sport seats with M-branded interior components.
The 2012 BMW 135i is now powered by the new N55 3.0-liter inline-six. It uses a single twin-scroll turbocharger to produce 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a standard transmission or customer can opt for BMW’s seven-speed DCT transmission. With the new engine, the 135i Coupe can now sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds flat with DCT transmission. And on the standard manual transmission, it pulls away at 5.1 seconds.
And on the base BMW 128i, it is equipped with the same naturally aspirated 3.0-liter engine producing around 230 hp and 200 lb-ft, and it is coupled with six-speed manual or Steptronic transmissions.
BMW will provide a pricing list for the 2012 1 Series when the cars go on sale in the Spring of 2011. But we can expect the prices won’t be much difference from the current base price of $29,450 for the 128i and $36,350 for the 135i.