2013 BMW M135

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The suspension tuning and the added power has made the 2013 BMW M135 be priced significantly higher than the standard 135i. This has made the car a worthwhile upgrade.

The BMW M135’s wheel upgrades and extensive suspension round out the performance aspect of the M package and its engine is empowered by a 335-horsepower version of BMW’s twin turbo inline 6-cylinder gas engine.

BMW wanted to give the M135 a sportier growl by adding a distinctive M-tuned exhaust system. This beautiful grow is also assisted by not less than four exhaust pipes sticking out at the back.

Furthermore, the BMW M135’s heart is a high-revving inline engine that delivers 332 lb-ft of torque from 1.500 to 4.500 rpm, 5.900 rpm – topping out at a 7.000 rpm red line. This amazing machine can easily hit a 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds.

The BMW M135 features a short-shift M-designed lever and an upgraded flywheel for the higher torque. It is also fitted with a dry sump cooling system.

The manual 6-speed with a 3.15:1 final drive ratio is available as well as BMW’s signature all-wheel drive X-drive automatic.

This is one of the most beautiful cars. If it was a girl; it would have had to give out a lot of phone numbers.

BMW 1 Series Coupé just oozes sex appeal

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“I want one,” were the words that came to mind when I first saw one as it overtook me on the freeway. “I really, really want one,” was what I blurted out when walking around the car in the showroom. It’s the back end of the Coupé relative to the Hatch that did it for me, got me more excited about the 1 Series BMW. That and a few other things, of course. But wow, what an absolute beaut.

There are now four different bodies to choose from in the 1 Series range: three- and five-door versions of the Hatch, the Convertible and the Coupé. And the Coupé comes in seven different sub-models, as it were: there’s the 4-cylinder 2-litre diesel, 6-cylinder 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre petrol, all available in either manual or automatic, and then there’s the extra-sporty M Coupé with a TwinPower Turbo 3-litre engine. Prices: from just under R400 000 to over 500K for the M Coupé.

Even though most of the Coupé exterior looks just like the outside of the Hatch, the different tail makes all the difference – although there’s just been a facelift, too. The performance of these 1 Series Beamers is good to excellent, given the impressive power-to-weight ratio of these little cars, but you’ll find bigger, faster, more powerful and more sophisticated cars in Series 3, 5, 6 and 7. With the 1 Series Coupé, the biggest attractions after the badge are the price (second-most affordable BMWs, after the 1 Series Hatch), and the looks (among the best-dressed BMWs, period).

And now that I have one? It’s about driving pleasure, and knowing that you’re being watched.