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Convertible BMW 135is Launched

Convertible BMW 135is LaunchedAs a replacement for the blistering BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the German manufacturer has launched a new high performance 1 Series.  The new 135is is available in both a coupe and convertible body type and incorporated a more powerful version of the TwinPower 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six from the 135i, boosted to 320 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. It’s also halfway to the 1-Series M Coupe’s 340hp number. BMW promises to match fuel economy numbers to the less power turbo car as well.  Despite the lack of an M-Sport badge this is a serious high performance driver’s car.

There is revised sport suspension to cope with the high power output with an aluminum double-pivot front and a five-link fully independent rear suspension in lightweight steel. The transmission comes in a choice of a standard 6-Speed manual transmission or an optional 7-Speed Double Clutch system.

The engines’ cooling system has been upgraded to match the additional performance output by adding a larger, more powerful radiator fan as well as an additional auxiliary radiator.  A performance exhaust system supplements the improved engine performance and provides a sportier exhaust note.

Convertible BMW 135is rearThe 135is comes with 18 inch alloy wheels in a new design, a unique high-gloss black kidney grill and black mirror caps as well as an M-Sport body kit. Interior highlights include special interior badges and optional black leather with blue stitching for the standard sport seats and stainless steel pedals.  The rest of the interior follows BMW tradition and includes galvanized pearl gloss surfaces on the interior door handles, glove compartment handle, the radio’s rotary knobs, the knobs of the automatic air conditioning system, the (optional) iDrive controller and the trim strips on the steering wheel.  The controversial iDrive system comes only with the optional navigation system.

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Leatherette is standard on all models with Boston Leather as an option. The Sport Package, a BMW staple, includes sport seats with enhanced bolsters. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard.  Available and standard equipment on the 1-Series Convertible includes: Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, a premium sound system and Bluetooth interface. For simple and straightforward connection of an MP3 player, an auxiliary input jack is standard, and a USB port for direct control of an Apple iPod or iPhone media player is available as an option.

Convertible BMW 135is engineThe 135i incorporates BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which features a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function, providing electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control but at a higher threshold before kicking in.  This allows drivers to experience wilder rides on dry roads and offers more flexibility when driving in challenging conditions, such as in snow or rain, or both DSC and DTC can be disabled entirely if the driver chooses.   The DSC system on the BMW 135is is programmed specifically to enhance performance-oriented driving, as well as its duties as a vehicle safety system.

If you’re looking for a drop-top alternative to the 1-Series Convertible, key competitors are the Audi TT Roadster, the Ford Mustang GT Convertible and the Nissan 370Z Roadster.  For used convertibles from BMW and all other makes and models, check out Junction 17 Cars in Peterborough.

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