BMW has released press information and images on it’s latest model, the BMW 1-Series Coupe. The US market 1-Series Coupe will have different engine offerings from the European market coupe – instead of the two diesel engines it will only be available with two petrol engines as the 128i and the range-topping 135i.
The BMW 128i Coupe will use a detuned version of the 3.0 litre Valvetronic magnesium-aluminium engine in the 130i hatch, and will put out a respectable 230 horsepower and 270Nm of torque. The star is the 135i of course, with a turbocharged 3.0 litre engine with 300 horsepower and 407Nm of torque from as low as 1,400rpm that takes it from 0 to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds. The 135i also has an M Aerodynamic bodykit fitted as standard so it’s looks matches how it goes.
The new 1-Series Coupe also has it’s in-car entertainment fitted with not only an aux jack for audio input from external devices, but also a USB port for direct control of an iPod and also the new Apple iPhone! Of course, the latest generation iDrive with the 6 programmable keys function is also standard, but the satnav system is optional.
The suspension system uses an aluminium double-pivot front suspension and a five-link fully independant rear suspension using lightweight steel. DSC stability control is standard, but the driver can enable a slightly wilder DTC program and finally any form of stability control can also be disabled altogether. The DSC system also activates the rear brakes in a certain way through tight turns to simulate a differential lock.
The rear differential is also of a new design, using double-helical ball bearings and also runs at a lower operating temperature because fluid in the differential is reduced.
More images after the jump.