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STYLING | 7 out of 10
projects an odd, almost ungainly proportion from some angles
Road & Track:
out of tune with the rest of BMW's very sleek-looking lineup
nearly identical to the 3-Series
M Division's optional aerodynamic kit comes as standard equipment on the 135i, giving the coupe sculpted flanks, a chiseled nose for improved engine and brake cooling, and a trunk lid spoiler.
the styling language of the new 1-Series coupe is more attractive in person than the press shots...would indicate
Introduced three years ago in the U.S. market, the 2011 BMW 1-Series carries forward the design of the 2010 model. It shares the long hood and short deck shared with the 3-Series, though loving or hating its looks really comes down to personal preference.
Not as elegantly proportioned as others in the family (though opinions vary), the 2011 BMW 1-Series is nonetheless a purebred Bimmer. Some find the stubby proportions enchanting, but many are put off by the resulting clumsiness of lines around the front, rear, and greenhouse.
The 2011 1-Series' 104.7-inch wheelbase is 4 inches shorter than the 3-Series Coupe, with another 2 inches shaved off the overall length to come in 6 inches shorter and 3 inches less in width.
The 2011 BMW 1-Series exterior might present controversy, but its interior is generally recognized as attractive and stylish.