Yesterday we were in sunny Spain testing the incredible new M235i. The looks have been a bit divisive, however, and if you ask us, the 1-series coupe it replaces is a more aesthetically pleasing beast. Early examples of the 135i coupe are now relatively affordable, and they offer a lot of performance to the cash.
BMW 135i 3
Up front, there’s a 3.-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six belting out 306bhp. That’s only 16bhp down on the M235i. It’ll dispatch the -62mph sprint in five.3 seconds, and top out at an electronically-limited 155mph. It’s an excellent thing to operate, too. The small size certainly helps; near the much larger 3-series and 5-series, many would argue the chuckable 1-series is the keen driver’s choice.
BMW 135i 2
Of course, if 306bhp isn’t enough for you, that turbocharged N54 six-pot is very tuneable: a ‘stage 1′ remap via Burger Tuning‘s JB4 piggyback ECU for example provides you with around 50 more horses than standard. Take things further, and you can easily have enough firepower to embarrass a V8 M3.
BMW 135i 4
Tempted? This one has 39,000 miles on the clock and is up for £16,995. Considering a brand new M235i will set you back twice that, it’s pretty decent value, although not exactly cheap.