2011 BMW 1 Series Values

Marking a return to BMW's roots, the 2011 BMW 1 series is a true driver's car, with a no-nonsense personality, small lightweight chassis and exciting performance. The 1 series is available in a two-door coupe or convertible with your choice of a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter I6 with 230 hp or optional twin-turbo 3.0-liter I6 good for 300 hp. A 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle-shift control help deliver up to 19/28 mpg city/hwy with rear-wheel drive. Available features include NAV, upgraded audio, iPod/iPhone connectivity, leather seats, a heated steering wheel and many more comfort, technology and performance options. Safety highlights include front and side airbags, ABS and Dynamic Stability Control. The 1 series is a thoroughly modern pocket rocket with the same engineering, performance and luxury that made BMWs of the past so popular.

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BMW's compact 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models carry into 2011 mostly unchanged, but the 135i models get two important upgrades that bring better performance. A new single-turbo setup replaces the former twin-turbo arrangement in the 135i, and while it has identical power and torque ratings it brings better response and improved acceleration. Also, the 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT), which combines very quick automated shifts with the control of a manual transmission, is available on the 135i models for the first time. For 2011, BMW added an M version of the 1-Series. It got a more powerful version of the 135i's 6-cylinder engine as well as a number of other performance enhancements.

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Performance; responsive DCT gearbox; excellent steering and handling; affordability; convertible's well-designed soft-top

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The 135i Coupe and Convertible might be among the more affordable BMW models, but they now come with one of BMW's best gearboxes--the available 7-speed dual-clutch DCT. The 1-Series' unencumbered driving feel is certainly a selling point for those who enjoy a curvy road. Like much of BMW's lineup, the 1-Series is among the best-steering vehicles in its class with excellent handling and poise to boot. The convertible setup is also a good selling point; next to many of the newer retractable hardtop designs, the 1-Series soft-top arrangement proves itself a good way to enjoy the sunshine without sacrificing a lot of trunk space.

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