The 1-series is continuing its U.S Tour and this week it was Boston's turn to see the new BMW 135i coupe being displayed on their show floors. Unfortunately, once again BMW decided to give us the black exterior version and not any of the Sparkling Graphite or the amazing Montego Blue. At least, we don't have to see the same Sedona Red again.
But before we're going to show you the photos, I would like to share with you a small review of someone that attended the show. His forum name is "larryn" and he is one of the moderators on 1addicts.com and a very knowledgeable person when it comes to the 1-series:
There are touches that I do like a lot.
- On this black car, the curving bottom door line seems less intrusive on the design than on the Z4.
- The shadowline trim goes extremely well with Jet Black. It's pretty much an exact match in color/sheen.
- The little notch on the M Sport side moldings is very well executed, as is the rear bumper , as it transitions to the matte valance
- The headlight has a little "extended corona ring" bump between the high and low beams, and when lit looks like it would make a O.o pattern. Kind of neat touch that they did for esoteric reasons only.
- The tail light shape is nicer than any BMW in recent years.
- Although the car is noticably more upright than a e92, the body flows well, as a whole, and seems fairly harmonious.
- The belt line, as it rounds the trunk was not has distracting to the design as I thought it would be.
I do have to say that it's more "3 box" approach in design reminded me more of a 89-90 e30 325is than any other BMW I can recall. The 89-90 had a more aero/integrated bumpers than the earlier "diving board" type, yet was very sporty.
Overall, the car looked to have a stout sporty purposeful look to it, and you can easily tell it's a BMW. If I saw one on the road, I would think it's a nice looking quick car, well before I saw it squirt away from me.
No surprise there to be honest, I have stated many times that BMW made an impressive move by designing and bringing this car to the U.S.