2008 BMW 135i coupe

The upcoming 2008 BMW 128i and BMW 135i sport coupes, which will go on sale in the spring of 2008, will be equipped with two different flavors of the same 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Taking into account an extremely low body mass index of the tiny sports coupe, even the least powerful naturally aspirated version of the engine looks totally overkill. Still, the German carmaking juggernaut decided to also equip the car with a twin-turbo powerplant that turns the little Bimmer into a Zero fighter.

The less potent 128i will be motivated by a 230hp motor producing up to 200 lb-ft of torque, while the top of the line 135i Coupe will sport a twin-turbocharged developing more impressive 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque available at as low as 1,400 rpm.

2008 BMW 135i will sport a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine
2008 BMW 135i will sport a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine

According to the company’s press release, the 2008 BMW 135i accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds and its top speed is limited electronically at the 155 mph mark.

The engine’s performance is further increased with the help of air-to-air intercoolers and on-demand engine coolant pumps, “which improve fuel economy and reduce parasitic losses for increased output.”

As you probably see on the pictures (credit: BMW), the cars are available with BMW’s charismatic M Aerodynamic Kit, which is optional for the 128i but comes as standard with the 135i.

2008 BMW 135i coupe

Inside, the vehicles feature 60/40 split rear seats, BMW’s controversial iDrive controller with an optional navi, and two flavors of leather upholstery.

Safety equipment includes six airbags, crash-optimized seats with three-point inertia-reel seat belts and headrests, as well as safer driver’s pedals, which move back automatically when the certain level of vehicle’s body deformation is achieved.

Active safety features include DSC with DTC system, which can be disabled manually, and the relatively fresh Active Steering system. Unfortunately, the latter comes only as an option.

2008 BMW 135i coupe (side view)
2008 BMW 135i coupe (3.0-liter twin-turbo engine)
2008 BMW 135i coupe (interior)
2008 BMW 135i coupe (interior, another angle)

Photos: BMW

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