I'm of two minds when it comes to the 128i. On the one hand, we're talking about distilled BMW goodness for about $30,000. Rear-wheel drive, inline six, and low weight (for these days, anyway). Then there's the prestige that comes from wearing that propeller badge. What's not to like? On the other hand, $30,000 can buy far more powerful (Ford Mustang GT), better handling (Nissan 370Z), and better looking (both, in my opinion) sports coupes. The 128i is admittedly more refined than either of those brawlers, and it's hardly slow. Nonetheless, I find it easier to love the more expensive 135i, which makes even less sense on paper but overwhelms the senses with its tire squealing intensity.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor