Looking at the 2011 BMW 1-Series

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 20:11

New option packages are available for the 2011 BMW 1-Series line-up.

At the top of the line-up is the top-end 135i, which now has a new transmission. The 135i is one of BMW’s two brand new entry-level cars, along with the 128i. They are available either as a convertible that features a soft top with power-folding, or as a 2-door coupe.

Engines for this line-up are similar to that of the 3-series, that is, a 3.0 litres inline 6-cylinders. The 135i’s engine is turbocharged with 300 hp. The 128i, on the other hand, has 230 hp. A 6-speed automatic is also optionally available for the 128i. With respect to the 2011, an optional 7-speed automated manual (which functions much like an automatic) is available for the 135i.

The 2011 BMW 1-Series is rich with safety features. These include an antiskid system, an antilock braking system, a traction control system, curtain-side airbags, and front-side airbags.

The vehicle’s antiskid system effectively reduces skids by applying the necessary brakes to its wheels. This allows the car to immediately take back its original course when it skids. This system works with the antilock brake system in applying the brakes.

Speaking of the antilock brake system, the ABS is designed to sense if the brakes will lock any of the wheels. If that happens, the system will immediately relieve the wheel in question of any pressure from the brakes. This will let the driver maintain control of the wheel.

Air bags are also available as standard safety features of this line-up. There are airbags for the front side to protect the front-seated passengers, and airbags at the curtain side, to protect the passengers from colliding with the windows. The curtain-side airbags, however, are only available with the Coupe models.

A sunroof is available as well. However, it is only available as a standard feature on the 135i coupe. It is only optional with the 128i coupe.

If you want more features, you can consider the Premium Package. It is available with BMW’s assist system, leather upholstery, and power front seats. Another package is the Sport Package, which includes sport bucket seats and a specific trim. In addition, a sport suspension is available with the 128i.

There are more optional features as well. There’s the voice-activated navigation system, which uses a road database to give information on roads and nearby locations while you drive. Since its voice activated, you can use the system conveniently.

If you want a different style, you can also pick between a burled walnut or aluminium trim. You can also opt for heated front seats.

In a test conducted by experts the 135i coupe with manual transmission rated higher than the typical premium-sport performance car. The 135i coupe had a total score of 64, which is significantly higher to the average 53.6.

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