When the BMW 1-Series arrives in the U.S. in spring of 2008, pricing is expected to be under $30,000 for the 128i. The range-topper 135i will be priced in the mid-30k range.
“You will have the high quality you are used to in the 3 and 5 series,” Falko Rodomski, 1 series product manager told Automotive News. “This is not a small, cheap BMW. It is a small premium car,” said Rodomski.
U.S. will be getting only one variant of the 1-Series, a rear-wheel-drive coupe that shares some parts with the BMW 3-Series. Unfortunately, U.S. will not be getting the hatchback version of the 1-Series.
The 128i is powered by a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine producing 230 horsepower with 200 lb-ft of torque. The 135i has a 3.0 liter 6-clyinder twin-turbo engine that produces 300 horsepower with 300 lb-ft of torque. That gives the 135i the ability to do 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155mph, or so BMW says.
According to a BMW spokesman, about 96,000 people have signed up for information about the car at its website.
2008 BMW 1-Series Coupe Gallery:
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