The long-awaited 2008 BMW 1-Series coupe, which is powered by a choice of two six-cylinder engines and offers a nice combination of extremely low weight, high agility, as well as the classic form-factor of a two-door small sedan with a functional trunk and a long hood, will be sold in the U.S. at a really interesting (although still too steep for a great number of enthusiasts) price.
The entry-level BMW 128i equipped with a 230hp engine will start below the psychologically important $30,000 mark.
The top of the line 2008 BMW 135i, producing up to 300 hp, will have its price tag placed somewhere in the mid-$30,000 area and BMW promises that the cars will feature the same level of quality as much more expensive BMW 3- and 5-Series are known for.
Although a little bit too small for my taste, the car is far, far away from being a normal “cutie” with a nice body-kit wrapped around an anemic engine, which is barely able to move the car in a busy city traffic.
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