Bentley launched Continental GT in India at priced Rs. 2cr

Ultra luxury car maker Bentley Motors will be launching its new Continental GT model in India in April at a price of Rs. 2 crore upwards.

The company's dealer Exclusive Motors Pvt Ltd said it could take 5-6 months to deliver the new Continental GT from the date of order.

"The price of the new Bentley Continental GT will be approximately Rs. 2 crore upwards as the final price will depend on the level of customisation," Exclusive Motors Managing Director Satya Bagla said.
The new Continental GT is a four seater all-wheel drive car powered by a 6 litre petrol engine. Bentley Motors had announced the global launch of the car last September.

The car sports stunning 6.0 liter, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine which is capable of curning out a peak power of 567bhp and apex torque of 700Nm.

The high performance engine id mated with Quickshift transmission facilitating double downshifts. The car has employed FlexFuel technology with woth the car can make use of both the fuels, sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) and normal unleaded petrol (gasoline) or a mix of two. The car comes with a new cockpit with higher comfort and elegant detailings. The car also comes with new and exclusive touchscreen infotainment system which makes navigation a fun for driver. It also supports Google Maps and entertainment. The sound output in the car is made prominent and strong with the Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions digital sound processing. The car is blessed with ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. With 405mm ventilated disc brakes in front and 335mm ventilated discs at rear wheels.

The steering wheel used in the car is of rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic with a turning circle of 11.3m. Car comes with four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension at front and Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension at rear both with anti roll-bar. The powerful engine can take the car at a top Speed of 318 km/h which truly justifies it to be a supercar. The car can accelerate from stand still to 100 km/h in just 4.6 s, a best in class figure to flaunt on


WITH AN ENTIRELY NEW HAND-CRAFTED INTERIOR, THE CONTINENTAL GT SETS NEW STANDARDS IN REFINEMENT AND LUXURY.


Our interior designers have skilfully evolved the car’s cabin to produce a stylish yet cocooning space. Incredible attention to detail has gone into making the cabin as quiet and refined as possible.

The instrument panel and dashboard subtly echo the flying wings of the Bentley motif. Fashioned from the highest quality soft-touch leathers and striking new analogue dials that flood at night with ‘blood orange’ illumination.

New touchscreen technology, chrome-bezelled dials, and the innovative, removable storage case crafted from matching veneer are housed within this dynamic cockpit area, which rises from the centre console in the form of dramatically surfaced ’wings’.

The distinctive ‘cobra’ design seats introduce the latest body-supporting materials, for superior comfort. With front-seat ventilation as well as a state-of-the-art massage system. Their improved ergonomics also means more legroom for back-seat passengers and their slim-line design provides easy access to the rear cabin.

With a host of beautiful main and secondary leather hide options, veneers, engine-spun metal fascias, and exterior paint colours (including remarkable new Extreme Silver and Liquid Mercury finishes), the world of choice when it comes to creating your new Continental GT is breath-taking.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 coming in UK in September at £275k

In UK 2011 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: launch & sale in September at £275k 

Before the Geneva Motor Show press conference on Tuesday, Lamborghini let us in on a private Bologna-area photography studio so that we could get our own sex-machine shots of their raging new V12 firestarter, the 691-horsepower Aventador LP700-4.

First off, we're glad they didn't call it 'Jota' as some were peas-and-carroting about because it's just a silly and unpronounceable name. It probably belonged to some wimpy minor league bull, too. Only one true Jota was ever built in 1970, and it was a just an amped-up and flared Miura (we prefer not to think about the mid-90s Diablo anniversary upgrade kits).

We may have seen just about everything there is to see of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 with all the photo leaks there have been in the last week or two. But there’s nothing as good as the official stuff and the official confirmations.

There’s no doubting the Aventador’s lineage. It’s pure Lamborghini, with styling cues paying homage to the Diablo and Countach but with a big vote of thanks for the bulk of the look coming from the Reventon. Perhaps with a dose of Estoque round the back.

Under the very Lambo exterior lurks a carbon fibre tub which makes the Aventador very stiff and very light – twice as stiff as the Murcielago and just 147kgs. The whole car – despite some pretty extensive toys – weighs in at 1575kgs. Not exactly a featherweight but no bloater either.

The new 6.5 litre lump delivers a mighty 691bhp (a metric 700PS – hence the LP700-4) which revs to 8,250rpm with a lump of low-down torque. That translates to 2.9 seconds to 62mph and 220mph through the seven-speed automated manual ‘box sending the power to all four wheels.

 


Not surprisingly, the LP700-4 is neither low on emissions – 398g/km – nor is its fuel consumption anything to write home about at just 16.4mpg. And if you ever get better than single figures you can be sure you’re not driving it as you should.

The interior on the Aventador gets high tech and goes upmarket (which it needed) There are higher quality materials throughout with a stunning centre console with touchscreens and digital displays
And when can you get your hands on some LP700-4 goodness in the UK? Lamborghini are saying probably by September and it’ll cost you £245,000

Renault launched its new Kangoo Maxi Z.E electric model 2011



The Maxi Kangoo ZE, the extended version of Kangoo ZE, complements the range of electric cars from Renault. He comes to the market this fall from € 21.200 plus VAT (without deduction of any tax).

    * The car at the Geneva Motor Show world premiere presented.
    * This versatile new van in the Netherlands is available as a two-seat version, which in other European countries also a version with five seats become available.
The two-seat version has a maximum load volume of 4.6 m3.

Renault announced in 2008 a 'power' offensive to the development of a range of four fully electric cars. Even before the launch of the first of those cars this autumn reveals the brand is already a new version of Kangoo ZE For example, Renault van in the segment for the end of the year not one but two electric cars. The business driver is thus zero emission car that best suits him or her.

A VERSATILE COMMERCIAL

Kangoo Maxi Z.E. is the extended version of Kangoo ZE, who last year was unveiled at the Hanover Fair. With a forty inch longer wheelbase, the vehicle a total length of 4.60 meters.

The two-seat version is ideal for transporting goods. The two front seats are separated by a partition of the boot. In this configuration, the Kangoo Maxi Z.E. a maximum load capacity, which is unique in the segment of electric vans:

    * A cargo volume of 4.6 m3, 1.1 m3 this is added value to the Kangoo ZE.
    * A load length of 2.90 meters.
    * A height of 1.82 meters, which he can come in underground car parks.

Kangoo Maxi Z.E. environmentally conscious business will attract customers, both fleet owners and small business owners and organizations and associations looking for a compact design.

Kangoo Maxi Z.E. has the same interior and exterior design as the version with an internal combustion engine. It is available in nine different colors, but customers can also order it in the RAL business colors. Renault produces cars in the MCA plant (Automobile Body Maubeuge) in France, on the same production line as the rest of the Kangoo range. That equals a guarantee for high quality and fast production start.

A 100% ELECTRIC CAR FOR ZEN RIDING

Kangoo Maxi Z.E. is recognizable as the 100% electric version of the chrome ZE badges on the back and on the sides of the body, the absence of an exhaust pipe and the hatch to the charging connector on the front. With a plug the car in six to eight hours to charge from a charging pole for general use, or home.
Kangoo Maxi Z.E. has an electric motor of 44 kW, the equivalent of 60 hp. This motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery with an energy output of 22 kWh which is placed under the floor. The range of the car is 170 km in combined use (may vary depending on the circumstances: driving, temperature, terrain and speed).
For this range to best manage, there is the new instrument panel has a gauge that informs the driver of the battery charge level and remaining range of the car.
The system for economical driving and for heating during charging have been further developed.
Besides the satisfaction of mobility with zero emissions - ie driving without emitting CO2 or particulates - Maxi offers Kangoo ZE also fun to drive. With a maximum torque of 226 Nm is always available, the considerable acceleration in low speed areas and the quiet and smooth ride without switching, the model offers a unique combination of performance and unprecedented comfort.

A MAXI-MINI-CAR FOR PRICE

According to Renault, the success of the electric car to affordability. To convince customers that these vehicles is both ecologically and economically. The Kangoo Maxi Z.E. Renault managed to successfully combine a maximum volume with zero emission4 and a low price.
Kangoo Maxi Z.E. will end 2011 in the Netherlands in the market for a price of € 21.200 plus VAT.
Like the rest of the electric range of Renault, the car will be separated from the batteries to maintain optimum operation of the battery to ensure throughout the life of the car. Customers can buy or lease their vans and they also lease the battery from € 72 per month, excluding VAT.
As regards the cost per kilometer - including the leasing of the battery charging with electricity (average cost € 1.50 to fully charge) and maintenance - will not be very different to that of a comparable diesel-powered car that runs less than
15,000 km per year. Above this distance the electric version even competitive.

Renault Kangoo is the end of 2011 with a unique range of vans, the most complete and varied market. The business customer can choose the Kangoo that suits him best: different lengths and as gasoline, diesel or electric version. Renault takes so again a big lead, making it the lead role of the brand position for thirteen years on the commercial vehicle market in Europe further strengthened.

New Kia Sorento launched in London 2011



Now your wait came to end and you can own new Kia Sorento. Kia has launched new Seven-year warranty and five-star crash rating version of Sorento.

Kia might not immediately spring to mind when it comes to looking for a 4x4, but with the Sorento the Korean firm hopes to repeat the success it's had in the MPV market with its Sedona. In typical style the Sedona is priced in a category below its size, which means you get a lot of 4x4 for your money. It's not bad looking either, with more than a hint of the Lexus RX300 about its styling. The smart exterior lines are complemented by an interior that is a vast improvement over Kia model's of old. All apart from the tacky wooden trim that is, but that aside it's pleasant enough, and, rather unsurprisingly, very well equipped too.

There are 7 Kia Sorento versions available

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.0 CRDi 1 2WD 5dr                        £22,990      

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi 1 2WD 5dr                        £23,755

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-1 4WD 5dr                £24,825

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr                £26,970      

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD 5dr                £30,160

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD Sat Nav 5dr    £31,155

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD Auto 5dr       £31,640 

You can have a Sorento with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, but the 2.2-litre diesel makes far more sense because it’s stronger, cleaner and a lot cheaper to run.
Despite the butch looks, the entry-level car is front-wheel drive. In fact, even the four-wheel-drive models send all of their power to the front wheels until sensors detect slip (or you manually select four-wheel-drive).
If you’re prepared to do without four-wheel drive, you’ll not only save money up front, but also on your fuel bills because the manual front-wheel drive five-seater averages 43.5mpg to the four-wheel-drive model’s 42.5mpg. However, both attract a 25% company car tax rating.
Every Sorento comes with alloys, four electric windows, a seven-year warranty and some form of air-conditioning. Meanwhile four-wheel-drive versions also have hill-start assist and a downhill speed-limiter that helps you keep the car under control when you’re tackling challenging terrain

Diesel engines offer plenty of punch and cornering is average for this class

Sorento buyers can choose between an entry-level 2.0-litre diesel engine or a 2.2-litre diesel unit.  The former is only available in the most basic trim level and as a two-wheel drive model. If you can stretch to the larger engine, it's certainly worth doing. On the move it feels surprisingly spritely, offering acceleration from 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds. Through the corners, the Sorento struggles but it's really not that bad – especially for a high-riding SUV. The body rolls in tight corners and the light steering fails to deliver any feedback to the driver but most rivals will suffer the same faults.

Ride is comfortable and diesel engines are mostly quiet
Thanks to softly-sprung suspension and a finely tuned set-up the Sorento is very comfortable on the move – even on the roughest of roads. All the more impressive is this model's refinement, with both diesel engines quiet unless you venture into the upper limits of the rev range. Thankfully you won't be doing that too often as the engine feels punchiest at the low and middle range. Wind and road noise are also kept to a minimum.
Seven-year warranty and five-star crash rating give piece of mind

Kia themselves are so confident in the reliability of their vehicles that they offer a seven year/ 100,000 miles warranty that will cover almost anything that can go wrong. It's safe too, having been awarded a full five-stars in the EuroNCAP crash safety test. All models get six airbags, ESP and ABS as standard.

Automatic four-wheel drive models seriously dent fuel economy

Cheapest to buy and cheapest to run are the two-wheel drive manual models, with the 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesels claiming combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg and 43.5mpg. Opt for the all-wheel drive automatic 2.2-litre car and this figure drops to 38.2mpg. CO2 emissions for all models, except the existing 2.4-litre petrol engine, are comfortably under 200g/km allowing for relatively low road tax in this segment. 

BMW launched BMW 128 2dr in California 2011



PRICES

  • MSRP: $29,450 - 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe i w/SULEV (M6)
  • MSRP: $29,450 - 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe i (M6)
  • MSRP: $34,500 - 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Convertible i w/SULEV (M6)
  • MSRP: $34,500 - 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Convertible i (M6)

 

The BMW 1 Series was designed to deliver the sporty dynamics of rear-wheel drive, agile handling, powerful engines and seating for four, all those attributes we've come to expect from the Bavarian automaker, in a smaller, less costly package than its other models. Inspiration for the 1 Series came from the BMW 2002 of some 40 years ago (1968-76).
The 2011 BMW 1 Series comes in Coupe and Convertible models in two versions: the BMW 128i and the BMW 135i.
The 2011 BMW 135i benefits from an all-new inline-6 engine, here using a single turbocharger to produce 300 horsepower, and paired with the sporty 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission from the Z4 Roadster. (Code-named N55, the 2011 engine replaces last year's 300-hp twin-turbo inline-6.) The 2011 BMW 135i is also available with a 6-speed manual gearbox, which we found silky smooth and a pleasure to operate.Fuel economy from the 135i even edges that of the 128i, with an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg City/Highway for a 2011 135i Coupe.
The 2011 BMW 128i Coupe and Convertible continue to be powered by the normally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-6 that generates 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. They're available with 6-speed manual or 6-speed Steptronic automatic.
An M Sport Package adds a sports suspension that favors handling over ride quality.
The BMW 1 Series is nearly seven inches shorter overall than the 3 Series. The 1 Series wheelbase is four inches shorter than that of the 3 Series, and it's a significant 2.7 inches narrower in width.The 1 Series brings BMW's highly developed rear-wheel-drive platform to compete with cars in the entry luxury coupe class that mostly use front-wheel drive.
In many ways, the 1 Series is nothing more or less than a scaled-down version of the 3 Series, with similar looks, similar equipment and similar performance and handling. Indeed, it uses many of the same components and systems.The 135i is a smaller, lighter package with the same engine as the 3 Series for a lot less money.The BMW 1 Series was launched in the U.S.as a 2008 model, initially only as a coupe.
We like these cars. They're comfortable, sitting in one is like sitting in a 3 Series.Underway, they are sporty and agile, driver's cars, with the feel of rear-wheel drive.We found a 128i Convertible is a delight and it has enough power.Most fun to drive is a 135i Coupe, though we recommend against the M suspension due to the hard ride.The new single-turbocharged engine turns the 135i into a little hot rod, and it seems to have a bit more torque lower down, where we use most of it in everyday driving.

Lineup

The BMW 128i Coupe ($29,150) comes with leatherette upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control; interior air filter; AM/FM/CD/HD audio with auxiliary input jack; tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel; height-adjustable front seats; cruise control; high-gloss black interior trim; split folding rear seat; power windows, door locks, and heated mirrors; remote keyless entry; trip computer; outside-temperature display; rain-sensing variable-intermittent wipers with heated washers; rear defogger; automatic headlights; theft-deterrent system; fog lights; and P205/50R17 run-flat tires on alloy wheels. A 6-speed manual gearbox comes standard, a 6-speed automatic is optional ($1,375).
The BMW 135i Coupe ($36,050) includes a firmer sport suspension and high-performance brakes, M Sport aero body kit, adaptive xenon headlights with washers, sunroof, Gray Poplar wood interior trim, and P215/40YR18 front tires leading P245/35YR18 rears. A 6-speed manual is standard.New for 2011 is an optional 7-speed DCT dual clutch automated manual transmission ($1,575).
The BMW 128i Convertible ($34,200) and BMW 135i Convertible ($40,350) are equipped similarly to their coupe counterparts, except they don't have folding rear seats or a sunroof, and they ride on less radical rubber. The 128i soft top comes with P205/55HR16 run-flat rubber front and rear, while the 135i convertible gets P205/50R17 run-flat tires.Both come with a fully automatic fabric folding top.The 135i Convertible does not have the Coupe's body kit.A 6-speed manual gearbox comes standard on both 1 Series Convertibles; the 6-speed automatic is optional on the 128i ($1,375); the 7-speed DCT is optional for 135i ($1,575).
Options include a Sport Package ($1,300) for the 128i models includes the sport suspension, sport seats, Shadowline exterior trim, an increased top-speed limiter, and P205/50R17 front and P225/45R17 rear run-flat tires. You can also add the seats, top-speed limiter, and trim to the 135i ($1,100), which also comes with P215/40R18 front and P245/35R18 rear performance tires.
The M Sport Package for the 128i Coupe ($2,450) and 128i Convertible ($2,700) comes with the increased top-speed limiter, M Sport front seats, M Sport steering wheel, aluminum interior trim, Shadowliner trim, body cladding, sport suspension, and performance tires. The coupe also gets a black headliner.The M Sport Package for the 135i Coupe ($1,300) and 135i Convertible ($1,200) includes the increased top-speed limiter, M Sport seats, M Sport steering wheel, black headliner (coupe), Shadowline trim, body cladding, and 18-inch performance tires.
A Premium Package upgrades with leather upholstery, 8-way power front seats with lumbar adjustment, memory for the driver's seat and mirrors, BMW Assist telematics service, Bluetooth wireless cell phone link, auto-dimming power-folding exterior mirrors, wood interior trim, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, illuminated visor mirrors, and additional interior lights. The 128i coupe version also includes a sunroof.A Convenience Package includes rear park assist, keyless access and starting, steering-linked adaptive xenon headlights, and an alarm.A Cold Weather Package ($900) adds heated front seats, a trunk pass-through with a ski sack, and headlight washers.

Standalone options include leather upholstery ($1,450), heated front seats ($500), heated steering wheel ($150), navigation system ($2,100), BMW Assist ($750) with Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius satellite radio ($350), iPod/USB adapter ($400), Smartphone integration ($150), steering wheel shift paddles ($120), Harman Kardon audio ($875), 8-way power front seats ($995), and adaptive xenon headlights ($900). Wood trim is available on the 128i ($500) and can be omitted from the 135i (for no charge).
Safety features that come standard on the 1 Series include dual front airbags, seat-mounted front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags (coupe only), ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, cornering brake control, and launch control for getting started on slippery surfaces. The brake lights include a panic-braking mode that lights up the entire lens extra bright whenever the brake pedal is stomped hard.The federally mandated tire-pressure monitor is standard.

Interior

Anyone familiar with the interior layout of the current 3 Series would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the BMW 135i and the larger, more expensive 335i. Just about everything inside is in the same location and looks and operates the same way.
We found the front bucket seats to be very comfortable and supportive, with big side bolsters. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, helping drivers of different shapes and sizes to find the ideal driving position.
Order the optional navigation system and you get BMW's iDrive, which integrates navigation, entertainment, telephone, and other controls via a pop-up screen on the top of the dash and a mouse-like knob on the console.
The 1 Series continues with an older version of iDrive that doesn't have the ease of use of the newer system found in other BMWs. It includes a central control knob with a separate Menu button, while other version add CD, Tel, Radio, Nav, Back and Option buttons around the controller.Those extra buttons provide easier access various functions, eliminating a few steps.Both versions require some time to learn, but the system in the 1 Series is a little more daunting.Having tried iDrive numerous times, we're used to it and not entirely annoyed, but many drivers will find it overly complicated.
All 1 Series coupes come with a 60/40 split folding rear seat than can almost triple the trunk's 10 cubic feet of space. A storage package for the trunk area includes some tie-downs and straps and a 12-volt power point for external accessories.Without that folding seat, the trunk would be rather small.
The convertibles feature a soft top that can be raised or lowered in 22 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 25 mph, so you don't need to worry whether that stoplight will be long enough to finish the roof operation. The soft top takes up less trunk space than a convertible hard top would, which is partly why the design uses a soft top.Still, it eats up two cubic feet of cargo space, leaving 8 cubic feet, which is small but not too bad for a convertible.
The convertible's interior room suffers a bit, though hardly enough for a real convertible enthusiast to notice. Front leg room is reduced by a quarter inch, and head room by three-quarters of an inch.The losses in rear-seat room are more consequential, where shoulder room contracts by nearly a foot.Leg room is reduced by three-quarters of an inch, and head room by just 0.1 inch.Coupe or convertible, the two-passenger rear seat is rather inhospitable.You really can't sit back there if anyone up front is taller than Tom Cruise, and the convertible will have two adults knocking shoulders.The back seat is best left to small children and packages.
The optional leather upholstery for the convertible incorporates what BMW calls Sun Reflective Technology, a special pigment which reflects both heat and ultraviolet rays. BMW claims this technology can keep the surface of the seats 20 degrees cooler than conventional leather under the same sun, while also helping the hides last longer.Additionally, the convertible's automatic climate control system adds a top-down mode that reacts less to interior temperature and more to the exterior climate and sunlight.We like the idea but didn't get enough time in the sun to see if it really works.

Driving Impression

The BMW 1 Series cars are sporty and agile. First, the 135i, then the 128i:
We found the steering, cornering, and braking performance of the BMW 135i to be exemplary, perfectly matched to the huge acceleration power of the engine.Driving a 300-hp, 3400-pound rear-drive coupe built on a short-wheelbase chassis adds up to a great deal of driving enjoyment, especially when the engine's torque curve is absolutely flat from 1200 to 5000 rpm and the engine redlines at 7000 rpm.
The 2011 135i benefits from a new inline-6 that uses a single twin-scroll turbocharger instead of twin turbos. It makes the same power as the 2010 version but gets better fuel economy.With more than 100 hp per liter, this 24-valve engine is engineering magic.BMW fans worried that the single turbo will sap power can rest easy.The turbocharged engine makes this car a hot rod.It's hard to tell, but power is perhaps more responsive at low speeds, though not quite as willing as speeds and revs increase.The engine is sprightly from a stop without a modicum of turbo lag.It keeps building power up the rev band, pushing a 135i with the manual transmission from rest to 60 mph in a mere 5.1 seconds.The DCT cuts off another tenth.Both numbers are impressive for a vehicle of this price point.Top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph (or 149 mph with the Sport Package).
Fuel economy for the 2011 BMW 135i is an EPA-estimated are 20/28 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission, 18/25 mpg with the DCT.
The manual transmission is a pleasure to operate. It's silky smooth and clutch take-up feels natural.The DCT is also an excellent transmission.It uses two clutches, one to hold the current gear and one to ready the next, so shifts are almost seamless.It can be used as a normal automatic or shifted manually via steering wheel buttons or the gearshift (push down for downshifts, pull up for upshifts).There are several modes of sportiness, ranging from relaxed to lightning quick.The sportier settings can make the shifts a bit abrupt, and we would prefer the easier-to-use steering wheel paddles in the M3, which downshift on the left and upshift on the right.
Because the BMW 135i Coupe is essentially a scaled-down 335i, its ride, steering, and handling carry the same exemplary qualities as the larger car, though with a greater element of tossability due to the lighter weight and shorter wheelbase. Its smaller front tires are matched to the job of pointing the car while the fatter rear tires lay the power down in wonderfully linear fashion.The car's weight is distributed 52/48 on the front and rear tires.
Ride quality in the 135i Coupe, or other models with the sports suspension, can be an issue. The ride is hard, with sharp bumps pounding through, and the car jiggles over broken pavement.It's a matter of taste, so try the firmer setup before you buy.We're inclined toward the standard suspension.Those moments of driving joy may be offset by too many everyday moments of annoyance as the car tries to beat the road into submission.The standard suspension is easier to live with every day.
The 135i's brakes use massive six-piston calipers at the front and twin-piston calipers at the rear, with 13.3-inch front discs and 12.75-inch rear discs and a built-in brake drying and anti-fade feature.
The 128i isn't quite as quick as the 135i, but it still delivers a fun and sporty driving experience. Its 3.0-liter inline-6 breathes at atmospheric pressure without the benefit of turbocharging.It does feature the same Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium construction as the 135i unit, but it lacks direct injection, a system that aids both power and fuel economy.It develops 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, which, in the slightly lighter, 3250-pound 128i, should still get your attention when you put the pedal to the floor.BMW lists a 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds with the manual transmission and 6.7 seconds with the automatic.

Fuel economy is worse, surprisingly, for the 128i than for the 135i. EPA ratings are 18/28 mpg city/highway with either transmission.

The standard suspension in the 128i is softer than in the 135i, but weight distribution is a marginally better 51/49. Brakes are 11.8-inch vented discs all around, but again, that is more than adequate for the 128i's more modest, no, make that less extravagant, performance.

We found the 1 Series Convertible impressively solid in both the 128i and 135i. We detected little cowl shack over even bumpy roads.While BMW added extra bracing to firm up the body structure, the convertible still isn't as solid or quick to react to steering inputs as the coupe.Nonetheless, it's still plenty sporty and it has the added advantage of open air fun.
Electronic driving aids abound in the 1 Series, including antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and cornering brake control, dynamic traction control, dynamic stability control, and a switch that can disable the DSC system for track days or generally more involving driving through the woods.

Summary

The BMW 1 Series has all the style, performance and features a driver could want in a compact package. It's built around one of the best chassis in the segment, and the only one with rear-wheel drive.The addition of the DCT transmission and the more fuel efficient turbocharged engine only expands its appeal.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw reported on the 135i Coupe from Munich, Germany, with Kirk Bell in Chicago, and John Katz in Pennsylvania.

Model Lineup

BMW 128i Coupe ($29,150); 128i Convertible ($34,200); 135i Coupe ($36,050), 135i Convertible ($40,350).

Assembled In

Leipzig, Germany.

Options As Tested

none.

Model Tested

BMW 135i coupe ($36,050).

Most Liked

The convertibles feature a soft top that can be raised or lowered in 22 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 25 mph, so you don't need to worry whether that stoplight will be long enough to finish the roof operation. We found the front bucket seats very comfortable and supportive, with big side bolsters.
Automobile

Least Liked

[The 1-series convertibles] are strictly four-seaters, and both require the cooperation of front-seat occupants (moving their seats up) in order to accommodate adults in back. At higher speeds, the car understeers a little more than we'd like, which is due in part to its narrow front tires...

Comparison

[The difference in torque] shows in acceleration, as the RX-8 takes three-tenths of a second longer [than the 128i] to get to 60 mph.
Edmunds.com

Comparison

The [128] Convertible feels more like a sports car than cabrios like the Audi A4 or Volvo C70--aggressive without provocation.

One Liner

...this is a car without any real apples-to-apples competitors.
Road & Track

One Liner

In the case of the 1-Series, less is more, for this car is about the purity of the driving experience.


Model Reviews

Inspired by the BMW 2002, the 1-series redefines the entry-level luxury vehicle with typical BMW refinement and balanced performance. The rear-wheel drive 128i is available as either a coupe or convertible. The 128i is powered by a 230-hp 3.0-liter dual overhead cam, inline six-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifting. Standard safety features include six airbags on the coupe, four on the convertible, anti-lock brakes, adaptive brake lights, stability and traction control and run-flat tires with pressure monitoring. The 128i features the usual BMW creature comforts such as a 10-speaker audio system, auxiliary input jack, automatic climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel and multi-way adjustable front seats.For 2011, a new harman/kardon surround sound system is optional.