In terms of livability and versatility, the M3 has the edge. An M driver footrest and M entry sills round off the unique interior. In some ways, I prefer the 1M's ready torque to the M3 V-8's gentle rise. Also standard are antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control. The maximum level of 500 newton metres permits highly dynamic acceleration manoeuvres, and the forward thrust once again available after each gearshift makes for a linear speed increase typical of M vehicles. An available wind deflector helps bring a quieter, less turbulent interior at highway speeds. It bears the side turn indicator and the M brand logo, as well as forming the starting point of the character line running along the door handles to the rear.
The M leather steering wheel, which also comes as standard, has multifunction keys for operating the audio and telephone systems. The low-rev torque peak that extends from 1,500 rpm all the way to 4,500 rpm continues to surprise anyone who has decades of turbocharger experience. A hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic info is also available. It has been modified in M style so as to be able to handle the requirements of both everyday traffic and the race track. Ditto for the increased steering effort. A new single-turbo setup replaces the former twin-turbo arrangement in the 135i, and while it has identical power and torque ratings it brings better response and improved acceleration. Despite their relatively small displacement, modern turbocharged direct-injection engines deliver the character that many larger, normally aspirated V-8s no longer do.
Horizontally arranged lines accentuate this impression. It includes frontal, front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags. . The engine's outstanding efficiency is mainly due to direct injection which allows for high-precision fuel supply by means of piezo injectors placed centrally between the valves. L-shaped rear light clusters with red glass covers create a characteristic night-time illumination. The M exhaust system is easily recognized by the presence of its four signature exhaust pipes.
It features an even more powerful version of the 135's 3. The 1-Series' unencumbered driving feel is certainly a selling point for those who enjoy a curvy road. The characteristic M visual symmetry is created by chrome twin tailpipes, each positioned towards the outer edges. With the greenhouse conveying an impression of lightness, the powerfully distinctive shoulder line and the elaborately sculpted surfaces symbolise precisely controllable athleticism from the side perspective. The 128i comes with a 230-horsepower, 3.
With the 135i, brakes are upgraded to a strong 6-piston setup in front 2-piston in back. A traditional 3-pedal, 6-speed stick is the only option. Outstanding driving pleasure in the compact segment is now more attractive than ever. But this is no bargain M3. During my first several miles, the 1M thrilled me. The M Formula Following the M car formula, the 1M features increased power, a manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, a modified suspension, fat tires and a distinctive look — perhaps more distinctive than the other Ms. The Appendage Factor M cars have had what I call a high appendage factor — the feeling that the car is an extension of the driver.
Tack that onto a vehicle with a wheelbase 4 inches shorter than the M3's but with the same width, track and 12. In fact, it just might be better. Both of these body styles can be specified in 128i or 135i form. The transmission is operated using a very short M gearshift lever. A variable-ratio Active Steering system, which varies both the ratio and level of assist for quicker response, is optional on the 135i.
The cooling system of the power unit is designed to enable it to do justice both to its outstanding performance potential and to the particularly high demands of constantly drawing on maximum power output. With chassis technology derived directly from motor racing, a power-to-weight ratio reduced to 4. What is more, a vertical contour edge starts at the gill element which leads down to the side sill. Thanks to the new interface technology, the latest generation of the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPod touch can be controlled via the iDrive menu. The turbocharged, direct-injected engine in the 135i has also been significantly changed for 2010. Fine-tuning in the wind tunnel has also shaped the design of the exterior mirrors.
There's only one transmission available, a 6-speed manual. Both of these body styles can be specified in 128i or 135i form. The drivetrain provides its maximum torque of 450 newton metres at as little as 1500 rpm. A special rear-brake management mode helps simulate a rear differential and get a stronger grip either out of a fast corner or in slippery conditions. It also helps maximize head room or helmet room, as the case may be.
In the exclusively designed interior of the 4-seater, high-quality materials and an M-specific cockpit create the ambience of a premium sports car. Xenon headlights are standard, as are rain-sensing wipers, a 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic climate control. The rack-and-pinion steering is fitted with the hydraulic power steering system Servotronic which regulates its supportive effect in relation to road speed. The wide central air intake is covered by a honeycomb-structured grille, while the two outer intakes are completely open. I flung it about and reveled in its general M-ness. Because it's less buttoned-down, the 1M requires you to actually be better. The 2-door model shows its practical qualities with such features as four fully-fledged seats, a level of comfort which is geared towards covering lengthy distances and a luggage compartment with a capacity of 370 litres.