The convertibles feature a soft top that can be raised or lowered in 22 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 25 mph, so you don't need to worry whether that stoplight will be long enough to finish the roof operation. Just about everything inside is in the same location and looks and operates the same way. While it may not possess the ultimate grip of dedicated sports cars like the Corvette, the 1 Series attacks corners with terrier-like enthusiasm. It can be used as a normal automatic or shifted manually via steering wheel buttons or the gearshift push down for downshifts, pull up for upshifts. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-332-4269 -. Both of these body styles can be specified in 128i or 135i form. The convertible setup is also a good selling point; next to many of the newer retractable hardtop designs, the 1-Series soft-top arrangement proves itself a good way to enjoy the sunshine without sacrificing a lot of trunk space.
Super stable and solid, hugs the roads, curves, and hills. The drivetrain gets an M-exclusive variable differential lock, and there's lots more performance technology exclusive to the M. It trades the former twin-turbo setup for a single twin-scroll turbo that improves low-rev response and enables its peak torque rating of 300 lb-ft at as low as 1,200 rpm. Seats are beautifully leather crafted, but space in rear seats is tight. The 135's turbocharged inline-6 engine cranks up the power while retaining every bit of that characteristic smoothness. It makes the same power as the 2010 version but gets better fuel economy.
A key factor was trunk space since I plan on using the car for trips in my retirement. It develops 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, which, in the slightly lighter, 3250-pound 128i, should still get your attention when you put the pedal to the floor. The convertible's options list also includes a Moonlight Black soft top with shiny metallic fibers that produce a metallic silver appearance in sun- and moonlight. The 135i's inline-6 engine is turbocharged and direct-injected to produce 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The standard suspension is easier to live with every day. The sportier settings can make the shifts a bit abrupt, and we would prefer the easier-to-use steering wheel paddles in the M3, which downshift on the left and upshift on the right.
The sophisticated transmission uses two electronic clutches that allow the driver to shift through seven speeds with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. The step-up 135i gets a turbocharged version of this engine that also displaces 3. The new single-turbocharged engine turns the 135i into a little hot rod, and it seems to have a bit more torque lower down, where we use most of it in everyday driving. Fuel economy is worse, surprisingly, for the 128i than for the 135i. Even with the small engine, it didn't lack for pickup in the mountains.
We found a 128i Convertible is a delight and it has enough power. The Bad Ambitious pricing and limited practicality mean the 2011 1 Series is a tough purchase to rationalize for all but the most demanding car enthusiasts. A pronounced sheet metal crease runs the length of the coupe's sides, which are otherwise relatively smooth. The 135i is a smaller, lighter package with the same engine as the 3 Series for a lot less money. Whether in the coupe or convertible, there's plenty of space to sprawl in the front seats, though the back seat is quite tight. Indeed, it uses many of the same components and systems.
The coupe's decent-sized trunk holds 13 cubic feet of luggage; in the convertible, there are 8. If I weren't relocating, and had a garage to store it, I'd keep it forever. A Convenience Package includes rear park assist, keyless access and starting, steering-linked adaptive xenon headlights, and an alarm. Nonetheless, it's still plenty sporty and it has the added advantage of open air fun. The base seats are remarkably lacking in support given this car's performance potential; we strongly recommend anteing up for the Sport package and its superb, manually adjustable sport seats.
The 135i's brakes use massive six-piston calipers at the front and twin-piston calipers at the rear, with 13. Cargo space is also woefully inadequate, particularly in the convertible. The 1-Series' unencumbered driving feel is certainly a selling point for those who enjoy a curvy road. . Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016.
Power and Associates Power Circle Ratings do not include all information used to determine J. That's in addition to plenty of standard safety equipment, including stability control, side airbags, and brake-drying and brake stand-by functions. Put the top down on the convertible models, and the flared shoulder line that's shared with the coupes seems to form a single surface that surrounds the interior, like the deck of a small boat. Comfortable seats and just a blast to drive. Those moments of driving joy may be offset by too many everyday moments of annoyance as the car tries to beat the road into submission.
One of the most fun cars I've ever had. Driving this beauty is like having a dream so good you just don't want to wake up. The silhouette of the 1-Series convertible is much like that of the coupe when it's up. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, helping drivers of different shapes and sizes to find the ideal driving position. The 128i convertible adds a fully lined power-folding automatic soft top and a special convertible mode for the climate control.