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The modern day BMW 1-Series dates back to the 2004 model year in the global market, but only treks back as far as the 2008 model year in the U.S. market. With the introduction of the 1-Series, BMW found itself sitting almost uncontested in the compact luxury car realm, as no other manufacturer really built anything like it.
Coming into the 2013 model year, the 1-Series is effectively a carryover, sans the all-new 135is performance trim level. In addition to the 135is, the BMW 135 also has the 135i, which acts as the base trim level for the 135 model. The BMW 135i comes standard with a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six-cylinder engine that pumps out 300 horsepower and hooks up to a standard six-speed manual transmission. With the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 135i can sprint to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. The 135is earns gets an extra 20 horsepower from its 3.0-liter engine and also hooks up to a standard six-speed manual transmission. This format allows the 135is to hit 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph.
The base model for the2013 BMW 135 is the i trim, which comes much better equipped than you may expect. The 135i’s exterior includes Dynamic Stability Control and sport suspension tuning for better handling, 18-inch V Spoke wheels for a sporty look, Xenon Adaptive Headlights for optimal nighttime vision, headlight washers to clear off dirt and debris, and an aerodynamic kit with a rear spoiler for a sporty look. On the inside, the 135i includes eight-way power seats and leatherette seating for optimal comfort, gray poplar wood trimming for a sleek look, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system to keep the occupants entertained, and Bluetooth connectivity to allow safe cellphone usage.
The is trim level for the 2013 BMW 135 adds in some extra luxury and power. To start things off, the 135is adds an extra 20 horsepower to the 3.0-liter engine found in the base 135i. On the outside, the 135is includes an increased speed limiter for a higher top speed, 18-inch double-spoke wheels for a sportier look, and a Shadowline exterior trim for a sleeker appearance. Inside the cabin, the 135is adds in sport front seats with adjustable side bolsters for additional support, an anthracite headliner for an upgraded look, exclusive interior badging to add to the overall package, and an M Sport steering wheel for a sportier grip and better feel.
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