This car is exactly what I wanted it to be
August 8, 2018
I owned a 2007 BMW 328i 4-door for almost 5 years. That car was very comfortable and I would even say that it was fun to drive. As time went on, I found myself wanting more than the ~220ish horse power that the N52 engine had to offer. I also wanted something with steering that felt more connected to the road. I also began to notice that the 6-speed auto transmission was a bit clunky in the tip-tronic mode. I also realized I didn't need 4-doors...
So I began the search for a car like the 328i, but with more power, tighter handling, and a better auto transmission, but with all the interior refinements that I had come to love about my 328i. The 135i fit the bill.
The E85 135i with the N55 engine and 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission filled in the gaps I had noticed in my 328i. 300 horsepower is a lot of fun to drive, and you can actually use all 300 horses on a regular basis without getting killed. The M-sport package handling is a huge improvement over the 328i. I feel very connected to the road, and I can confidently toss the car around when I need/want to. The Dual-clutch transmission is amazing. The shifts are only noticeable through the sound of the M-sport exhaust: There is uninterrupted power to the wheels and you just hear this beautiful sound with each upshift. I love that all the interior things I loved about my E90 328i are still present and in the same place in the E82 135i. I did not have to compromise on any of the interior options. The iDrive seems lightyears ahead of the 2007 version. The headlights are beautiful, even if they do cost $1300 each.
My only concern is the harshness of the ride, but that is par for the course with a sports coupe I suppose. I hypothesize that putting non-run flat tires on the car will improve the comfort of the ride, as it feels like these run flats are made of wood.