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PERFORMANCE | 9 out of 10
body roll is minimal, and overall grip on models fitted with the sport package is superb
steering action is direct and the handling is precise
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BMW estimates 30 mpg on the highway
BMW's legendary handling capability carries over to the 1-Series
Speak of cars with a head-snapping off-the-line power surge, and the 135i should be included in the conversation.
BMW offers two models of the 1-Series in the United States: the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder 128i, and the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six 135i. The 128i's 230-horsepower rating is ample for most, though the speed fiend will find the punchy new twin-scroll, single-turbo engine of the 135i a welcome companion.
The new 135i engine, which does away with the twin turbos of the previous model, delivers performance that's functionally indistinguishable either on the street or the track, yet is slightly lighter and less expensive. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 5.3 seconds when equipped with the twin-clutch DCT.
Handling and steering are nimble and quick, feeling like a real sports coupe in any situation. Slight body roll, high grip levels, and quick direction changes are all part of the package, even in the case of the 128i, but particularly so for the 135i with the M Sport package.
Braking, stability, and control are all excellent as well, with the dynamic processing of yaw and slide working with the ABS system to help keep the 1-Series on the intended path.
With ample power and precise handling, the 2011 BMW 1-Series is a pleasure to drive.