BMW knew that its 3 Series coupe had grown pretty big.
This growth left room for the 2008 1 Series coupe to make the trip across the Atlantic to these shores.
This gives BMW two coupes, both of which are capable machines.
Right off, if you're looking for a convertible, BMW has the Infiniti G37 covered, as both the 3er and 1er come with dropping tops.
Dynamically, however, the G37 gives either BMW a run for its money.
If you like automatic gearboxes, the editors of TheCarConnection.com prefer the Infiniti's to the BMW's. Compared to the beautifully styled 2008 Audi TT, the G37 is a more dynamic performer.
The Audi is front-wheel drive, and this blunts the car's moves.
However, if all-wheel drive is something you're looking for, the Audi (and the BMW 3 Series) offers it, while the G37 does not.
There is a new Audi TTS coming for 2009 with more power than today's car.
Lastly, if you can go without the Infiniti owner experience and the extra seats, Nissan's own 350Z has handling that's just as brilliant.
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|2008 INFINITI G37 CoupeBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 1-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan 350ZBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|2-Door Base||2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan||2dr Coupe|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|