The 2013 BMW 135is has a lineage that goes back over 40 years to the original BMW 320i of the 1970s. CNET’s Brian Cooley shows you how the Bavarian automaker keeps the spirit of the original alive with some new ideas added in.

The super sport version of the 1 Series Coupe sits above the 135i model, but still below the almighty 1M. Using the same engine as the 135i, the “is” model has been tuned to 320 hp (+20 hp increase) and 317 lb-ft of torque (+17 lb.ft) while maintaining the same emissions level and MPG ratings of the 135i.


A Performance exhaust system complements the increased engine performance and provides a sporty exhaust tone. The engine cooling system has been upgraded to match the additional performance output by adding a larger, and more powerful radiator fan and an auxiliary radiator.

BMW 135is models are offered with either a standard 6-Speed manual transmission or an optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission.

The base prices for the 135is Coupe and Convertible start at $44,145 and $48,845.