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2011 BMW-1 Series Price, Review & Picture

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2011 BMW-1 Series Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, As the smallest car sold in the US, the 1 Series has all that is offered in the 3 Series in a package that is clean and compact. Unlike other BMW cars, the 1 Series is a vehicle that focuses on simplicity. This vehicle has several, attractive configurations and two motor options including the 3.0 L turbocharged in-line six and a 3.0 L in-line six. In 2011, the 1 Series will come with a additional a transmission including the DCT dual-clutch, seven-speed auto manual transmission. The M variant of this vehicle is anticipated in the future.

The BMW 1 Series is trendy, stylish, and speedy. It’s suitable for two passengers since the back-seating area is tight. If planning on long road trips the back seat area is far better for storage. The BMW 1 Series has limited legroom in the back seat that is further compromised by the front seat’s backside cushioning. There are two big changes in the 1 Series for 2011. BMW has dropped the dual turbocharger; in its place is a single twin-scroll unit. Engine power remains the same at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, but it now reaches peak torque at 1200 rpm. Second is the addition of BMW’s coveted 7-speed DCT transmission which is available for the first time in the 135i.

The 1 Series styling features short overhangs in addition to a squared-off nose and rear end. While some laud it an interesting modern day interpretation of a classic BMW design, others find it frumpy. The 1 Series is available with a choice of two upholstery options — leatherette or rich Boston Leather. A 60/40 split rear seat is standard. The optional Sport Package includes sports bucket seats with enhanced side support.

For the first time since its introduction, the 1 Series gets BMW’s dual-clutch automated 7-speed DCT transmission. Based off the 3 Series, only shorter, the 1 Series has almost go-cart handling characteristics without the teeth-rattling ride. Having equal power, lighter weight and costing a few dollars less than said 3 Series makes for a serious performance machine. Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with side impact thorax bags and front and rear head curtain bags. OnStar Automatic Crash Response is also standard. Dynamic safety devices include standard traction control and stability control.

Bodystyles: Coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.0 L I-6, 3.0L turbocharged I-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
Models: 128i, 128i convertible, 135i, 135i convertible

EPA Fuel Economy
128i manual: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
128i manual cabrio: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
128i automatic/DCT: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
128i automatic/DCT cabrio: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
135i manual: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
135i DCT: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway

Price : $29,450 – $40,650

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