BMW 135i coupe. The hottest car in town, the most popular "kid" in school. Well, at least that's what all the Car Magazines and car news reporters are saying. For the past few weeks, we have been posting several reviews on our blog, reviews that were issued by some of the most popular car magazines out there. In case you have missed them, you can always find them at our BMW 135i section.
Today, we're going to give you another type of review, this time a review written by an independent source, "jobes" a member of 1addicts.com
I had the opportunity to drive a 135i coupe and cab today. The 135i coupe and cab were black sapphire auto fully loaded. I also got to quickly try a 135i montego blue in manual.
First impressions of the car… the car was smaller than I thought it would be. Exterior wise I am still not totally in love with the look but I still think it looks alright. The interior is decent in size. I am just under 6 feet and i fit fine in the car, but that leaves the backseat with very little room. The interior is your basic BMW interior… the car I drove had I drive and the screen pops up from the dash as soon as you put the fob into the slot.
The sport seats are your typical BMW sport seats… they hug nicely. The M sports steering wheel was quite nice. Same paddle shifters from my 335 were found in this car.
While driving this car I found myself grinning most of the drive. The pickup seemed similar to my 335 if not a touch quicker. The auto changing gears was smooth and effortless. Nothing different from my 335. The handling was firm and responsive. The route they made us take allowed us to open it up as well try some windy roads. We had to be careful of our speeds due to the new law and of course not wanting to be reckless.
If you have driven the 335i step system you will find it similar in ride and performance. You do notice the car is smaller and tend to want to take corners quicker. I must say that when I was driving this I did have the same exhilaration I felt when driving a Cooper S. IF not more… I enjoyed this car way more than driving a Cooper S.
This car is a hell of a performer and the people that are willing to pay the money for it will not be disappointed. The Cabriolet was all "disguised" with tape on the emblems… haha but you can't really hide the grille now can you? IT drove the same but has the typical blindspots a cab would have with the roof closed. I didn't have an opportunity to open the roof. Wasn't sure if I was allowed since this was a preprod. I don't think I would pay the extra money to get the cab version… I see a lot more women driving this model than men.. just my opinion.
Now quickly to the 135i in manual…. wow.. i thought the auto was fun… this was way more fun. By no means am I an expert driver but the clutch was soft… the gears a little sticky… probably because the car is new. Power in the engine the same as in the 335. Turbos kicked in around the same at 1700… the manual was definitely fun but by no means does it mean the auto was shabby. This model did not have IDrive but who needs it right? The auto coupe was fully loaded whereas the manual was not. No power seats etc.
All in all I had a hell of a fun lunch time. You guys will love this car when it comes out. BMW did not mess up with this one.
I was able to snap a few quick pics but nothing thorough because I was not supposed to be taking them. I didn't get a chance to take pics of the taped up vert but I might get a chance later on in the week.
I want a 135 coupe!!