Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you

Be a designer | October 21st, 2009 by 51

The BMW 135i Coupe redesigning project has been one of the most exciting episodes in our “Be A Designer” series. With a lot of enthusiasts …

The BMW 135i Coupe redesigning project has been one of the most exciting episodes in our “Be A Designer” series. With a lot of enthusiasts behind this model, we were positive that the input will be numerous, but valuable at the same time.

Our rendering artist, Andrei, had to sort out some of the comments and choose the best design elements in order to re-draw the 1er Coupe. While many of you might have wanted to see an M1 replica, the truth is that the 135i Coupe was designed as a performance car, but not in the M class, so we decided to stay on the same course.

Beside the excitement of redrawing an existing BMW model, these episodes in the ” Be A Designer” series are all about bringing the community together and sharing constructive ideas. As you can see from the renderings below, the redesigned Coupe keeps a realistic look rather than a prototype-like vehicle. Truth is that the 135i Coupe design is already appreciated by the BMW community and many of you believe that only minor changes are needed.

Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you

While some changes are subtle, the overall look of the car has become more aggressive and imposing, and the carbon fiber rook and new wheels, are just the icing on the cake.

We hope you enjoy working with us again and we would like to thank you again for your input and most important, for being part of the BMWBLOG community.

Last but not least, we would like to take a second a thank our sponsor Classic BMW, Ohio who keeps supporting us and our crazy innovative projects.

Project sponsored by Classic BMW, Ohio

Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you
Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you

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Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you

Be A Designer: Here is the BMW 135i Coupe redesigned by you

Matt Montgomery

  • Headlights need to continue along the line of the hood, same width, just not turned down at an angle
  • Kidney grilles should each be wider, filling out the space between the headlights
  • Front skirt would look great with a carbon fiber diffuser as would the rear. Also carbon out the side mirrors and the antenna fin
  • Mirror the double exhaust on the right side for a quad exhaust look.
  • shrink the taillights north to south so they wrap around the car with more of a ‘widescreen’ format.
  • Strap on some CSL type 19′ wheels in carbon fiber
  • take the car’s paint to Marrakesh Brown Metallic as seen on the new x1
  • Remove the 135i badge


  • the headlights I would like it to be slimmer and more aggressive. And I might want the kidney grilles to be a bit bigger.


  • quad square exhausts
  • the headlights need to be slimmer & more streamlined for a more aggressive look


  • Quad Exhaust
  • Add the headlights from the 2010 3-series rendering, they look slimmer and more aggressive IMHO.
  • Black Carbon-Fiber Roof
  • Interlagos Blue
  • Add the CS slivers on the side intakes of the front spoiler. I like the current front spoiler though and wouldn’t change it, just add the sliver things.
  • Idea: Would the Z4 grill and tail-lights fit?
  • Arrow crease on the front hood
  • Cooler mirrors (the current ones look pretty lame)
  • Slim the taillights to make them look aggressive
  • adding some muscle to the fenders, we might as well do the same thing here!




  • symmetric double exhaust
  • gill ventilation on the left and right sides near doors.


  • headlights – the two circles should be bigger and more spaced to use the whole headlights inner surface, while the blank-turning signal area should be stripped down.
  • Make the whole front cut much more upright and clean
  • The grill should be incorporated to the hood.


  • Add larger grille with shark nose effect, maybe sqare-ish Angel Eyes without the plastic cover in front of the headlights, like the old school Bimmers..
  • The car only need more aggressive headlights other than that its perfect.


  • The sagging line over the body panel looks too loose, tighten it up. and lower the upper crease some.
  • Light lines/Bars on the rear tails (a-la the 3er and the 7er)

Mike Messer

  • I would like to see the e39 m5/e46 m3 side mirrors to get rid of the crease in mirrors.
  • A very slight “eyebrow” for the lights.
  • Black “Shadow” line trim for around the windows and kidney grills.
  • 6000k angel eyes.
  • Get rid of the horizontal line in the intake for the front fender, replace with the black mesh found in the “center intake” on the fender.
  • The center tail/brake light should be placed in the top center of the rear wind shield (where it belongs)
  • Make the front portion of line above the side skirt angled slightly more down instead of up, for a more aggressive feel.


  • more aggressive headlights. Nothing borrowed from other BMWs
  • a lower roof line – just slightly. It should accentuate the sporty stance


  • Aggressive front lights (as the e90 335i)
  • LED lights on tail-lights
  • 135i Performance Rims
  • Carbonfiber roof as the m3


  • more aggressive headlights, taillights from CS and a lil bit lower roof at the end of the car

Mauro Corti

  • More aggressive tail LED lights, newer front lights (3er restyling / 7er / 5er GT), larger kidneys like z4’s ones.


  • Slimmer headlights (to give it less of a big eyed look), grill tilted from the top outer more like the 80’s style BMW’s. the rear windshield should flow more into the trunk instead of the more angeled look.


  • Slimmer sharper headlight from 3er coupe
  • Lower edgier roof line to create a super car stance.


  • It could use a more elegant roofline. Rear seats are kind of a joe anyway, so may as well make the rear window slope a bit more, like a 3 series. Loose the bubble top.
  • Goran Radulovic

    This is best looking BMW of all time :)

  • Shane Giumarello

    I agree, I wish I could buy it!

  • Phong Vt

    Very nice !
    i like it so much, especially the front !

  • michael

    well done :)
    that headlights & grill look fantastic

  • KidrauhlM5

    The front is sooo aggresive!!! But I kinda miss the L-shaped rear light but nontheless, it certainly is looks stunning than before!!! Fantastic job guys :)

    Forgot to mention that a bit of curve at the bottom side of the car has been removed and that really made the car looks even better…

  • Goran Radulovic

    It looks better than old E46 series which was the most attractive BMW in my oppinion

  • Petre Sebe

    This resembles a lot the E46 in the front, which is probably why it looks so darn good. Of course, this will never make it to production but we can all dream of the perfect design at least…

  • YD

    Great !

  • Mauro Corti

    Impressive… why can’t bmw ask to us for advice before drawing every car xD ?

  • Sheikh

    Very, very nice !

  • wazon

    Front is great, much more spotive and agressive than that of 1-er. Headlights in actual 1-er is something that really needs to be redesigne, since it’s the worst element of its style IMO. Your idea of their evolution is great and I would be glad to see something similar in upcoming model. Great job, thanks! However, personally I prefer L-type taillights, so original 1-er e82 back fits better to my teste.

  • chris

    Nice, but if you’re going to apply M treatment, it needs side gills at the minimum, and perhaps some hood vents in the same vein as the M3.

    • Horatiu B.

      Chris, I believe our end goal was NOT to resemble an M model too much. True, we did a more aggressive front-end, but stayed away from other M elements.

      • chris

        You went down the M path with the 4 tail pipes. :)

        • Horatiu B.

          True, a little bit :) I blame it on Andrei, he’s the expert. He did a great job and I’m proud of him, he just got a scholarship from Lamborghini at an Italian design school

          • Mike Messer

            There was quad pipes on an 8 and it didn’t have to be a csi version

          • Saleem

            Thus he will be working for Audi :-)

  • L1ndja

    well done

  • HH


  • Victor

    oh my God! Very GOOD! Thanks for my notes which you added! :):)

  • Dal

    If they would only steal these great ideas…

  • Mike Messer

    I’m really liking the out come!

    • Mike Messer

      Can we also get a hi-res shot (front and back) of the blue car?

      • Horatiu B.

        Sure, I’ll have some up tomorrow

        • Mike Messer

          Thanks Horatiu!

  • Horatiu B.

    I can say that I’m very glad you guys enjoyed this. The project has been unique, I don’t recall anyone doing this before and I have to admit, I was afraid it will fail in the beginning. But, with your help, input, it’s going strong.

    What’s even more exciting is the fact that your input truly is valuable, the car has not turned out to be a “concept-like” or futuristic design, but rather a “doable” production model.

    Of course, it’s easier for us, the BMW fans, to redesign the car based on what BMW did previously. It is much harder for the exterior designers to conceive the car from scratch, following the BMW design language and most important, the restrictive safety regulations.

  • Andrei Avarvarii

    Glad Glad to see you guys liked the car. This project was again very fun for me too, and I was excited to work with the very pertinent input you provided.

  • Kyle

    Truly inspired! I almost want to buy a 135 and have it made to be exactly like that

  • 740i

    wow very nice..good job guys looks amazing.

  • Michael Bach

    Wow this is amazing. The 1 series headlights is what kept me away from the 1 series in the first place. If it looked it this, I’d take this over an M3 and pocket 20K.

    This is near perfect.

  • Victor

    Could you play with M6 ?


  • Giom

    Very good and beautifull. This design could actually go into production and look great! Great job!

  • nabil

    very nice,,, can we move on to the 6 series now? and the 5er after or even before!

    • Mike Messer

      The eyebrows over the kidney grill have been long over due to be removed!

  • Ankit Haria

    The overall design design looks sexy .But i think you should also provide it with sexy looking side skirts .

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  • Branimir

    i like it, it´s beautiful, maybe if the backside would look more like shark tail (like in the e36, e46,…) and the backlights with LED diods and stylized, but i really LIKE IT, it´s great, atractive, dynamic it´s BMW as it should be

    p.s. i hope it´ll go to production

  • Chris

    Looks like it should be a 1-series M, not just a new 135i

  • Cristian


  • Radan

    That’s not BMW !!! ….that is a car without personality,I don’t like.



  • Andy

    Slim the tail lights even more to make them more aggressive.

    The side body lines do not look bmw at all. The indent still really bugs me. Fix this and maybe add a line of trim or something would continue the wide look of the front and rear bumpers.

    The front grill leans too far foward from the top and is too wide. Or if you are going to keep that grill, then the front bumper needs to be changed accordingly, it doesn’t look right to have the bottom of the bumper smooth.

    Make the lines of the rear bumper’s diffuser match the lines of the trunk lid.

    Make the wheels slightly more concave in the front and a lot more concave in the rear for a staggered look. This concave look along with semi stretched tires will help to create the wide body look that is desired, while giving the stance a slight bit of poke.

    A nice touch would be small m-like grills for venting on the top of the hood near where the spray nozzles are for the washer fluid. This adds to the overall aggressive look.

    I think that with these changes the car will be more on track to looking more like the aggressive BMW that it was meant to be.

  • Andy

    Oh yeah, and wider rear fenders please!

  • Dimas

    3 в одном 1-я ,3-я и М3. Прикольно!!!

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  • Erebus

    Very nice !

  • Muhammad Bassa

    Please could someone contact me, i would like to do the dual exhaust even if a dummy, jus need some advice on how to get it done. would they have to cut the diffuser?

  • Tyler

    this looks much better than the new one coming out. Thumbs up!! :D

  • Tyler

    this looks much better than the new one coming out. Thumbs up!! :D

  • Aleksandar Maric

    “Be a Designer” look is more then better… Trust me!!!