2009 BMW 135 | BMW MINI of Sterling

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2009 BMW 135

Vehicle Overview

BMW#8217;s small 1 Series debuted in the U.S. for 2008 as a coupe and a convertible. The up-level 135i is powered by a 300-horsepower, twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels. A less expensive 128i is also offered.

The 135i competes with performance cars like the Nissan 350Z and Volkswagen R32.

New for 2009

New features include a heated steering wheel available on models with the Cold Weather Package, plus a new iDrive control feature on navigation-equipped 135i models. Also new on models with the nav system is a Google Maps feature that allows users to search for restaurants, gas stations, etc. using Google#8217;s database.

Compared to the 3 Series coupe, the 135i features a more upright grille and a C-pillar that#8217;s not as sleekly styled. A pronounced sheet metal crease runs the length of the coupe#8217;s sides, which are otherwise relatively smooth.

Adaptive xenon headlights follow the direction of the road

135i adds an aero kit that BMW says provides greater downforce and improved brake cooling

18-inch wheels standard on coupe, available on convertible

Heated side-view mirrors and heated windshield washer jets

Rain-sensing wipers

Convertible features power-operated soft-top that BMW says can open or close in 22 seconds

Convertible top available in black, taupe and Moonlight Black

Moonlight Black features metallic fibers integrated into the material, which BMW says makes the top look silver in sunlight

There#8217;s room for four in the 135i; front occupants sit on bucket seats and there#8217;s room for two in the backseat.

Simulated leather seating surfaces; real leather is optional

Auxiliary jack for connecting a portable music player

60/40-split folding rear seat can expand the coupe#8217;s trunk

Optional Sport Package includes sport seats with more aggressive bolstering

Convertible#8217;s leather seats have BMW#8217;s Sun Reflective Technology, which is designed to lower the temperature of seats exposed to sunlight

Optional navigation system equips the 1 Series with BMW#8217;s iDrive control system; new control feature for 2009  

300-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine with 300 pounds-feet of torque

Rear-wheel drive

Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission

Optional paddle shifters on automatic transmission

Optional Active Steering system can adjust how much the car turns for a given turn of the steering wheel

Compared to the 128i, the 135i has a stiffer sport suspension and performance brakes

Safety feature include:

Side-impact airbags for the front seats

Side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants

Electronic stability system

Antilock brakes

Convertible loses the side curtain airbags but keeps the side-impact airbags and features popup roll bars

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