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2012 BMW 1-series gets light freshening

Wed, 15 Dec 2010

BMW is lightly updating the 1-series coupe and convertible for 2012 with several sporty modifications.

The 128i and the 135i get air curtains for the front fascia to counter aerodynamic drag. Other refinements include accents for the headlights and taillights and light finishings for the interior.

The 128i gets the base 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder producing 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.

The 135i features the turbocharged straight-six with 300 hp with 300 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The 135i can be paired with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s also on the Z4 Roadster.

An integrated rear spoiler is standard for the 1-series lineup, and the top model gets an additional lip spoiler.

The aero kit is standard on the 135i, along with a high-performance brake system with six-piston fixed calipers on the front and two-piston calipers at the rear.

The 1-series was first available in the United States in 2008. The updated models hit showrooms in the spring.

By Michelle Koueiter