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Next Generation BMW “is” models to be replaced by ‘M Performance Line’ 21
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 BMW 135is, Automotive, BMW, BMW 335is, BMW M, BMW M135i, M Performance Line, News on 08 21st, 2012

BMW’s “is” nomenclature was reserved for the brand’s higher performance vehicles slotted between the regular lineup and the prided “M” high-power vehicles. BMW plans on losing the “is” in place of an M Performance Line.

It seems that the “M” naming is getting to be a bit confusing and may eventually tarnish what is perceived to be a true M vehicle versus one with a few M-Motorsport factory options. After-all, BMW is no longer shy about slapping a M badge on just about anything these days. The M Performance Line, as reported by Car and Driver, does not follow the purist approach of the true M cars. Hopefully, with the coming change to label slightly-tuned variants of specific BMW series vehicles, it will not confuse everyone into thinking that their M Performance Line vehicle is somehow the same as the true M vehicles, such as the current 1 Series M Coupe, M3, M5 and M6.

Engines for the M Performance Line are typically used in other BMW models (non M vehicles), too. The Z4 M35i and M335i (or M435i) will be launched next year potentially carrying the M Performance Line classification. Moreover, BMW’s true M vehicles will continue to get “special treatment” in the performance and aesthetics department -not available on future M Performance Line models. The change is expected to happen with next generation vehicles in early 2015.

BMW Announces 2013 135is Coupe And Convertible 16
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 BMW 135is, Automotive, BMW, Kurt on 05 16th, 2012

The 2013 BMW 135is coupe. Image: BMW AG

BMW’s 1 Series M is heading out of production, and (as far as we know) all inventory has already been spoken for. If you missed your chance to buy one, BMW will soon offer you the next best thing: the 2013 135is.

Available in both coupe and convertible flavors, the 135is comes with a TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline-six, good for 320 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. A performance exhaust system ensures that the car sounds good, too, and a larger capacity radiator should be able to handle the stress of summer track days. Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual transmission or BMW’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, ensuring that the 135is has broader appeal than the 1 Series M.

The 2013 BMW 135is convertible. Image: BMW AG

Underneath, the 135is gets a sport suspension, although we’re pretty sure it won’t allow the same cornering speeds as the M-designed suspension on the 1 Series M. The 135is comes with the now-required electronic stability control, but traction and stability control can be dialed back for a bit more fun on dry roads. For track days, both systems can be defeated entirely, which is good news for driving enthusiasts.

The 2013 BMW 135is interior. Image: BMW AG

The cars will hit dealer showrooms this fall, with prices starting at $44,145 for the coupe and $48,845 for the convertible. We doubt these will be limited production, either, meaning that there should be plenty of inventory for all interested customers.

We don’t want to sound ungrateful, but quite frankly we’d rather see the M135i hatchback that Europe is getting. Forget the idea that Americans don’t want hatchbacks, especially when they look as good as the M135i three-door hatchback concept that BMW exhibited in Geneva.