By David Thomas on July 2, 2007
The Internet has been abuzz with news of a pint-size BMW hitting U.S. shores, and the official news and photos are finally here. The 1 Series, while a two- and three-door hatchback overseas, will come to the U.S. as a two-door coupe in the spring of 2008, followed later by a convertible.
The coupe will be offered in two trims, 128i and 135i. The 135i will be powered by a 300-hp twin-turbo six-cylinder engine, the same unit as in the 335i coupe and sedan we tested last year. The 128’s 230-hp six-cylinder is also the same unit that powers the 328i.
Unfortunately, we don’t have pricing information and can barely speculate as to what it will be. A wild guesstimate would be a range of $25,000-$35,000 for a fully equipped 135i, which BMW says will outperform the Porsche Cayman S.
The 1 Series will come with iDrive if buyers opt for the navigation system. Most buyers will be happier with other technology offered, like Bluetooth and an optional USB port.
We’re amazed this model is actually in existence; even with such a high enthusiast demand, we still think the price will determine the 1 Series’ success.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David