2011 BMW 1 Series – Astonishingly Refined and Viciously Fun Car

2011 BMW 1 Series – Astonishingly Refined and Viciously Fun Car
First Look:

The 2011 BMW 1 Series probably won’t get the same appreciation and accolades from the market that the other BMW’s get and the simple reason for that being the fact that it’s considered as an alternative for the BMW 3 Series, for the people who actually can’t afford a 3 Series. Some people even can dismiss the 1 series by saying it a dumpy looking baby BMW, which costs too much. But all these claims will come to an end, once you’ve spent some time with the BMW 1 Series. Once you spend some time with the car you will find that it brings immense pleasure of joy to the driving experience and also has a wild, mischievous character. Having said that we will like to tell that the 1 series might not be the most rousing BMW models, but it surely is astonishingly refined and viciously fun car, which definitely is worth the BMW badging.

The BMW 1 Series might be the entry-level BMW, but the car comes with the same inline 6 gasoline engines, that power the BMW 3 Series. It means that the 2011 135i will be powered by the direct-injection inline-6 engine if the 3 series with its single twin-scroll turbocharger. The new engine under the hood generates the same 300 hp and 300 lbs-ft of maximum torque, like the previous twin-turbo inline-6 engine, but the torque generated by the car now comes even earlier and most importantly the fuel economy of the car has been improved. As a matter of fact, the BMW 135i now is a lot more fuel-efficient than the 128i along with its 230 hp naturally aspirated inline 6 port-injection engine.

One another change for the model year 2011 for the 2011 BMW 1 Series includes an elective automated dual-clutch manual transmission, which BMW named DCT. Just as seen in the Z4, M3 and 335i, this transmission offers the same effortless transmission that’s as smooth and crisp as we’ve seen with the manual transmission, and still its immensely responsive and smooth-shifting just as automatic.

So, we would say that the 2011 BMW 1 Series might be tad expensive, but considering the powerful engines, the scarcity of other small, rear-wheel-drive cars rivaling with it and sports car-style handling, its really tough to tag it too expensive. Finally, the impression of 2011 BMW 1 series will largely depend on the kind of small convertible or coupe you are looking for.

What’s New for 2011 BMW 1 Series?

The 2011 BMW 1 series 135i convertible and coupe comes with a brand new inline-6 turbocharged engine. The rated power output for the engine is the same that we’ve seen as before, but BMW claims better fuel efficiency and more instant torque response for the car. Some other noteworthy Changes for the car includes optional automatic transmission on 135i, which now is a 7-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission of BMW known as DCT.

2011 BMW 1 Series – Astonishingly Refined and Viciously Fun Car
2011 BMW 1 Series – Astonishingly Refined and Viciously Fun Car
Body Styling and Features:

The 2011 BMW 1 Series is offered in Convertible and Coupe body styles, and you could get them both in 135i and 128i configurations. The standard equipment list for the 128i Coupe version includes automatic headlights, cruise control, 17 in cast-aluminum wheels, 8-way manual front seats,  automatic wipers, foglights, heated windshield washer jets and mirrors, first-class vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a ten-speaker stereo having HD radio, a CD player, and an auxiliary audio jack and dual-zone automatic climate control. Go for the 128i convertible and in addition to all the aforementioned equipments, you will also get a particular convertible mode for its climate control and a complete lined power-folding automatic soft top. Apart from its slightly more powerful engine, the BMW 135i also adds a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive xenon headlights having auto-leveling, 18 in wheels and washers, dissimilar rear and front lower frontages and a sunroof (on the coupe).

There are some optional equipments available in the form of optional packages such as a Convenience package, which will get you keyless entry/ignition, an alarm system, back parking sensors and xenon headlights (only on the 128i).

One other package is the Premium package, which also will give 8 way power front seats having driver memory settings, auto-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth, leather upholstery, BMW Assist emergency telematics and, a sunroof, only on the 128i. The Value Package in addition will give you an USB/iPod adapter and leather upholstery. The available leather upholstery of the convertible features a sun-reflective treatment.

The Sport Package for the 128i comes loaded with equipments such as a sport-tuned suspension, diverse 17 in wheels, dark “Shadow line” external trim, sport seats and an augmented top speed. The 135i Sport package for the car will get you sport seats, Shadow-line trim, an M Sport steering wheel and augmented top speed. Go for the M Sport package, which comes for both the Coupe and Convertible model, and you easily could get a dark-colored headliner and different wheels, the 128i variant of the car will get you the aerodynamic body kit of 135i and M steering wheel.

In addition to all these, there is plethora of other options available for the new 2011 BMW 1 series and depending upon your liking, you easily can get the equipments of your choice.

Under The Hood:

The 2011 BMW 1 Series is a rear-wheel-drive and comes with two different engine 3.0 ltr inline-6 engines. The engine under the 128i generates maximum power of 230 hp and 200 pounds-feet of maximum torque. The engine is paired with a 6 speed manual transmission, which also is the standard transmission, but there is an option of 6 speeds automatic. The engine and transmission assembly of the car delivered respectable performance, and the manually equipped 1 Series sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in around 5.9 secs. The Convertible transmission on the other hand took 6.7 secs for the same. The estimated fuel economy for the car is of 18 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highways, which comes to a combined fuel efficiency of 22 mpg regardless of transmission you are picking. The convertible model mated with automatic transmission delivered fuel efficiency of 18 mpg in city and 27 mpg on highways, which comes to a combined fuel efficiency of 21 mpg.

The inline-6 engine of the 135i is direct-injected turbocharged engine and generates maximum power of 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of maximum torque. The standard transmission here is a 6 speed manual transmission; the optional transmission on the other hand is a 7 speed automated manual transmission, which also is known as DCT. We haven’t got the acceleration time for 1 series with the new engine, but the older engine delivered the same output and reached from 0 to 60 in quick 5.5 seconds for the convertible and 5.1 seconds for the coupe. The new engine also better the fuel economy of the 2011 BMW 1 series, and the car equipped with manual transmission now deliveres 20 mpg in city, 28 mpg on highway and 23 mpg combined for both highway and in city drives, the same with the DCT becomes 18 mpg, 25 mpg and 21 mpg respectively. The manually-equipped 1 Series convertible on the other hand delivers 19 mpg, 28 mpg and 22 mpg.

Safety Equipments:

The safety for the car is ensured by antilock disc brakes (having brake drying and standby feature), stability and traction control and hill start-off assist for the models equipped with manual transmission, these are some of the standard features for the 2011 BMW 1 Series. The coupe comes with complete-length side curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags; the convertibles on the other hand come with front-seat side airbags, which extends to protect heads for the occupants. The convertible 135i comes with pop-up rollover hoops.


The styling of the 2011 BMW 1 series surely will not appeal everyone, but the car definitely offers immensely appealing blend of refinement and performance in both coupe and convertible form