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Supreme Pleasure All the Way: BMW 130i Comes Right at the Top of the Auto Bild Long-Term Test Ranking.100,000 Kilometres without the Slightest Problem – AAA for BMW's Sporting Compact
The BMW 130i is the big winner of the long-term test ranking by one of Germany's leading car journals, Auto Bild. Covering 100,000 kilometres or more than 62,000 miles without the slightest problem, BMW's sporting compact not only achieved the best result throughout the whole of 2009, but also took over overall leadership among all cars ever tested over this distance. In response, the professional car testers gave the BMW 130i their 1+ grade (equal to AAA) and acknowledged BMW's sporting performer as the 'Best Auto Bild Long-Term Test Car of All Time'.
Apart from highlighting the car's supreme reliability, the testers also lauded the outstanding driving pleasure offered by their car, waxing lyrical time and again in particular about the powerful, fast-revving and very efficient straight-six power unit.
This immaculate result achieved by the BMW 130i is the most outstanding outcome of the numerous long-term tests conducted by Auto Bild in 2009. BMW's five-door athlete completed its 100,000-km marathon within approximately 1 ½ years, covering both short trips and long journeys on the autobahn. The car completed this demanding challenge without the slightest incident and wîth both oil consumption and brake pad wear remaining extremely low throughout the entire test period.
In their final report the testers also acknowledged the high level of quality they consistently enjoyed wîth the BMW 130i even after its ongoing stress test. Their bottom line was that this 'zero-defect car' did not show even the slightest signs of wear and tear.
A further feature equally unique in the compact §egmènt is rear-wheel drive typical of BMW which, together wîth the car's demanding suspension technology, precise §teering, powerful and highly responsive brakes as well as DSC Dynamic Stability Control wîth its equally smooth response, helped to make the BMW 130i not only the most reliable, but also a particularly popular contender within the fleet of test cars driven by the editors of Auto Bild.
Another BMW also in production today already came right at the top of Auto Bild's ranking in 2008, the BMW 320i Touring covering the entire distance of 100,000 kilometres without one single breakdown or any unscheduled visits to the workshop. Registering just three minor defects in the course of the entire test, the BMW 320i Touring likewise scored the top grade awarded by the editors, a '1', thus currently ranking No 5 in Auto Bild's eternal list of long-term test cars.Source - BMW
The Top Performers in the Compact Class: New Generation of Engines in the BMW 135i Coupe and the BMW 135i Convertible.The by far most sporting and dynamic models in the compact §egmènt are now increasing their leadership in terms of driving dynamics and efficiency. Starting immediately the BMW 135i Coupe and the BMW 135i Convertible come wîth a straight-six power unit of the latest generation for the first time combining BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, High Precision Injection and fully variable VALVETRONIC valve management, all interacting wîth one another to set new standards for economy wîth the highest level of performance.
In conjunction wîth the seven-speed double-clutch gearbox (DKG) featuring Sport Automatic available as an option for the first time in the BMW 1 Series as of March 2010, these superior technologies offer a further significant reduction of fuel consumption and emissions on these top-flight performers, setting up new records in acceleration and dynamic performance.
The top engine featured in both versions of the BMW 1 Series develops maximum output of 225 kW/306 hp at 5,800 rpm from a capacity of three litres, combining spontaneous and direct response wîth unleashed free-revving driving qualities. Peak torque of the six-cylinder is 400 Newton-metres/295 lb-ft delivered from just 1,200 rpm all the way to 5,000 rpm.
The seven-speed double-clutch gearbox wîth Sport Automatic shifting gears without the slightest interruption in power and torque, is likewise designed and built for dynamic performance of the highest standard.
Sport Automatic offers not just the option to shift gears manually on the electronic gear selector lever or via the shift paddles on the §teering wheel, but also the usual comfort and convenience of a BMW automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The combination of these two innovations in a compact car naturally guarantees driving pleasure of a new standard never seen before. Accelerating from 0 – 60 mph in just 5.0 and from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, the BMW 135i Coupe wîth its double-clutch gearbox offers the same supreme standard as a thoroughbred sports car even more than in the past.
A truly unique achievement in this performance class is average fuel consumption in the EÚ test cycle of 8.5 litres/100 kilometres (equal to provisional combined of approx. 22 mpg ÚS), almost one litre/100 kilometres better than the comparable figure in the former model wîth its six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
This significant reduction of fuel consumption, together wîth acceleration to 60 mph improved once again by 0.2 seconds, clearly confirms the progress made through BMW EfficientDynamics wîth this new engine and transmission technology.
The BMW 135i Convertible wîth double-clutch gearbox accelerates to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and reaches 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds. Average fuel consumption in the EÚ test cycle is 8.6 litres/100 km (provisional combined ÚS figure approx 22 mpg), which is 0.8 litres better than on the former model wîth automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
On the same fuel consumption, this is better even than the acceleration and consumption figures of the respective models wîth a six-speed manual gearbox: the hand-shifted version of the BMW 135i Coupe accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1, the manual-gearbox version of the BMW 135i Convertible in 5.4 seconds (0 –100 km/h on the Coupe in 5.3, on the Convertible in 5.6 seconds).
At the same time the combination of the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine wîth the manual gearbox also newly developed likewise enhances all-round efficiency by a significant margin. In practice, this means a reduction of average fuel consumption by the BMW 135i Coupe to 8.5 litres and a reduction on the BMW 135i Convertible to 8.6 litres/100 kilometres (provisional combined ÚS figure for both models approx. 22 mpg).
Outstanding innovation for optimised efficiency: first-ever VALVETRONIC on a turbocharged engine.
The new straight-six power unit of the BMW 135i Coupe and the BMW 135i Convertible owes its exceptional efficiency to the first-ever combination of BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, High Precision Injection, and VALVETRONIC valve management.
The turbocharger system following the twin-scroll principle separating the ducts for three cylinders at a time both in the exhaust gas manifold and in the turbocharger, as well as VALVETRONIC developed to an even higher standard of efficiency, contributes accordingly to the extremely spontaneous and direct response of the drivetrain.
This kind of technology allows infinite adjustment of valve stroke and valve timing on the intake valves. Throttle losses in the charge cycle are reduced to a minimum and the energy contained in the fuel is put to maximum use. In conjunction wîth High Precision Injection likewise optimised to an even higher standard, this offers an unparalleled balance of driving performance and fuel economy never seen before in this class.
The BMW 135i Coupe and the BMW 135i Convertible come as standard wîth a wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies combined wîth one another in an appropriate symbiosis for each specific market, including features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, a gearshift point indicator on models wîth a manual gearbox, a map-controlled oil pump, final drive wîth optimised warm-up running qualities, as well as on-demand control of the engine's ancillary units such as the pressure-controlled fuel pump.
Enhanced dynamics, greater efficiency: new six-speed manual gearbox and optional seven-speed Double-Clutch Gearbox.
Both the BMW 135i Coupe and the BMW 135i Convertible come as standard wîth a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox. Optimised for maximum efficiency, this high-tech gearbox features dry sump lubrication significantly reducing drag forces and completely avoiding splash losses in the interest of even greater efficiency all round.
The seven-speed double-clutch gearbox wîth Sport Automatic featured for the first time in the BMW 1 Series makes an even greater contribution to the optimisation of driving characteristics in the spirit of BMW EfficientDynamics. The double-clutch gearbox improves both acceleration and the efficiency of these compact top-flight performers, at the same time combining this dual progress wîth the comfort features of a BMW automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The seven-speed double-clutch gearbox shifts gears without the slightest interruption of power and torque and offers the driver the choice of either automatic transmission or a manual gearshift.
The fast and smooth shift of gears allows unusually harmonious acceleration and helps to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions. The close, sporting increments of the seven gears ensure that the optimum transmission ratio is always available in all situations.
A combination of dry sump and injection lubrication serves to further optimise the efficiency of the engine through a supreme level of oil supply.
Last but not least, the double-clutch gearbox is controlled wîth utmost convenience either through the newly designed gear selector lever or by gearshift paddles on the §teering wheel.
BMW 135i Coupe and BMW 135i Convertible: outstanding performers in the compact §egmènt and beyond.
The new six-cylinder wîth BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and the seven-speed double-clutch gearbox bring out the unique character of these top performers in the compact §egmènt even more and in greater style than ever before. Through their performance alone, the BMW 135i Coupe and the BMW 135i Convertible achieve the supreme standard of a very powerful sports car. And at the same time the driving experience conveyed by both models boasts the agility typical of a BMW 1 Series.
Superior drivetrain technology and a concept unique in this class wîth rear-wheel drive, the passenger cell moved far to the back, and almost ideal distribution of axle load, offer the optimum combination for unique driving pleasure.
Both models come as standard wîth a modified M Aerodynamics Package and M Sports Suspension. Other standard features include DSC Dynamic Stability Control wîth an individualised set-up, an electronically masterminded locking function on the differential, as well as model-specific control maps for Servotronic power §teering and the gas pedal, again underlining the sporting character of both models.Source - BMW
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