Official: 2013 Bmw 135is Coupe and Convertible

Article by Christian A., on May 15, 2012

The Bmw 335is will no longer be the single awesome car in the Bmw lineup as the Bavarian manufacturer revealed the 2013 135is Coupe and Convertible. Set to arrive in showrooms this fall, the 135is Coupe will be priced at $44,145, while the 135is Convertible will cost 48,845 (including $895 destination and handling).

Both models are powered by the same engine, the TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 engine (N55) featuring Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology delivering 320 hp (+20 hp increase) and 317 lb-ft of torque (+17 lb.ft). The models maintain the same emissions level and MPG ratings of the 135i. The 1359 models will be offered as standard with a 6-Speed manual transmission or an optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission.

Moreover, the models are fitted with a Performance exhaust system, while the engine cooling system has been upgraded in order to match the additional performance output by adding a larger, and more powerful radiator fan and an auxiliary radiator. Furthermore, the vehicles feature a sport suspension incorporating an aluminum double-pivot front suspension and a five-link fully independent rear suspension in lightweight steel.

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function capable to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher threshold before activation.

Regarding the design, the 135is Coupe / Convertible will be offered with exclusive 18” wheels, unique high-gloss black kidney grill, black mirror caps and special exterior badges in additional to the standard M Sport Package components. The interior features include stainless steel pedals, special interior badges and optional black leather seats with blue stitching for the standard sport seats.

A newly improved 6-speed manual transmission gearbox is installed as a standard feature on the BMW 135i Convertible and the BMW 135i Coupe. Fully developed to be very efficient, the advanced gearbox has dry sump lubrication that drastically reduces drag forces and totally prevents splash losses to achieve maximum efficiency overall.

The Sport Automatic on the other hand features a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox and is a first among the BMW 1-Series. It provides greater efficiency and optimizes driving that surpasses the standard of BMW Efficient Dynamics.

The double-clutch gearbox is better in terms of acceleration and efficiency, making these compact cars number one performers, as well as maintaining the comfort only a BMW automatic transmission can provide. Gear-shifting on the seven-speed double-clutch gearbox is so smooth that there is zero interruption of power and torque and the driver gets the option to either go manual or automatic.

The smooth and quick gear shifting provides a remarkably pleasant acceleration and aids to cut both fuel emissions and consumptions. The increments of the seven gears are similar to those of sports cars; that’s why optimum transmission is expected all the time.

A tandem of injection lubrication and dry sump makes the engine more efficient because of a large supply of oil.

Lastly, the double-clutch gearbox is conveniently controlled by gearshift paddles at the wheel or via the newly installed gear selector lever.

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