2011 BMW 135i coupe

#BMW, #135i

Who says you can't appease the slushbox-loving American public while still providing some manual control over gearchanges? Those skeptics likely haven't driven a properly tuned dual-clutch gearbox, like the one in this 135i. For 2011, BMW dumped the six-speed automatic option in the 135i, and instead pairs this seven-speed doppelkupplungsgetriebe to the new, single-turbo N55 engine.

In normal driving, the seven-speed transmission is just as smooth and benign as any other automatic offered in BMW's portfolio. Tap the shifter over into the manual mode and punch that sport button, and its demeanor quickly changes. You'll be ripping off shifts in less time than it takes to blink an eye, thanks in no small part to the wheel-mounted shift paddles thrown in with the Sport Package.

Is it for everyone? Perhaps it isn't for those who must heel-toe their way in to work (you know who you are), but it's a great choice for those of us who regularly encounter long stretches of stop-and-go driving on a daily basis, live with someone who doesn't enjoy performing the three-pedal tango each time they take the wheel, yet still enjoy holding gears until redline when an open, winding stretch of two-lane blacktop presents itself. Even the price is attractive; it's only a couple hundred dollars more than what the Bavarians charged for the six-speed auto. Sign me up.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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Jim.Kanna
45- $6500 amakes me think the 1 series is overpriced and that it's more logical to get the 3 series. But I would doubtlessly talk myself right into getting the 135 with the clutchless tranny - I think this car is awsome and I love the trick tranny - purists be damned - it doesn't take anything away from the driving expierience at all, less one's sentimental connection to the past. Like a turbo, direct injection or just a high flow exhaust system, it just plain works better. If it works better, I want it on the car.
mrcardio
What do you mean theoretically lower price? The BMW 135i starts at: $36,050.00The BMW 335i coupe at:$42,650.00The BMW 335i sedan at:$40,600.00Simple math shows that the 135i is a whopping $6,600.00 less vs. the 335i coupe and $4,550.00 less than the sedan. Are you trying to sell 3-series or did you really just miss calculate? A price premium of between $4,550.00 and $6,600.00 dollars is real; nothing theoretical about it. When you take into account that the only thing really gained by spending those extra G's is a bit more space and that's only if the person actually requires it. Otherwise its pretty much a no brainer to go with the 135i unless perhaps you just can't stand the looks of it.

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