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by Adam Lynton
Having taken the wraps off the Europe-only M135i, BMW has introduced the US-bound 135is.
While we were the bearer of bad news
in revealing BMW's new 1-Series three-door hatch and high-performance M135i were not coming stateside, today we bring you positive tidings as BMW will be introducing an enhanced performance version of the 1 Series Coupe
to the US market. Dubbed the 135is, it will sit under the 1-Series M Coupe
with power coming from BMW's N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six found in the 335is, which delivers 320hp and 317lb-ft of torque.
This equates to 20hp and 17lb-ft more than the 135i. Despite the added power, BMW claim the 135is maintains the same level of emissions and MPG ratings as the 135i. Both the Coupe and Convertible come with a standard 6-speed manual and optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission driving the rear wheels. Improvements to the car include a performance exhaust system, a sport-tuned suspension and new engine cooling system with a bigger, more powerful radiator fan and auxiliary radiator. A Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function has also been added to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
This electronically intervenes in order to prevent loss of control at high thresholds. They can both be disabled but are supposed to 'enhance performance-orientated driving.' The 135is also features a new differential with an electronic rear brake management system that supposedly mimics a differential lock for better acceleration when turning and in low-traction conditions. The Coupe and Convertible are distinguished by new 18-inch alloys, a high-gloss black kidney grill and mirror caps, special exterior badges, and the full M Sport Package.
Interior changes are limited to sports seats and optional black leather seats with blue stitching, stainless-steel pedals, and interior badges. U.S. dealerships are expected to take delivery of the new 135is Coupe and Convertible in the fall with prices starting at $44,145 and $48,845 respectively.