Since 2004, the automaker BMW produced the first-generation BMW 1 Series, a small family car designed to replace the BMW 3 Series Compact. BMW 1 Series feature an aluminum multilink suspension, a rear-wheel drive chassis, weight balance, straight-4 or straight-6 petrol and diesel engines.
The 2013 BMW M135i Coupe, a new version of the F20 1 Series, made an appearance in Europe earlier this year and unfortunately it will not be available on the U.S. market for this generation. This turbocharged petrol model was named by Top Gear magazine the sports car of 2012, the year it was first presented. It is the fifth M Performance model, representing a stage between a M model and a regular BMW with a better design, increased performance and a lower cost than full M cars.
Moreover, the 2013 BMW M135i Coupe is better than the previous-generation 130i, providing a tighter control of the body movements, smoother steering and a quicker ratio. Although the 135i weights 1545kg, it turns with accuracy and gives a sense of agility and stability. This is because of the fact that only 52% of its weight is on the front tires. Furthermore, this incredible car is the first one in the world to use a differential with double-helical ball bearings that operate at a lower temperature due to the reduction of required fluid.
The 2013 BMW M135i Coupe is powered by a Six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds, according to the manufacturer, although Driver and Car magazine recorded 4.9 seconds. BMW limited the top speed for this model to 250km/h (155.3 mph). The fuel efficiency increased to 30.7 mpg, an 18 percent improvement compared to the former model. The rear-back 135i has either an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual. Its engine output is rated at 316 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
The car’s chassis has an incredible composure given by the M-specific springs, dampers, variable steering with Servotronic and 18″ wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The 2013 BMW M135i Coupe has a M Sport suspension with aluminium-rich MacPherson strut set-up at the front and independent multi-link rear end. Powerful braking is ensured by the two-piston rear and four-piston front large rotor calipers. The feedback from the suspension, brakes and steering is sublime, allowing the driver to break late and then charge through a turn. The option list includes adaptive dampers, lane departure aid, adaptive cruise control and internet access, collision warning, adaptive headlights and parking assistant.
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