2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe first drive
2011 BMW 135i
When hauling the kids or the rest of the family is less of a priority, the 2011 BMW 135i, little brother to the 335i sedan but packing the same powertrain, is a great choice. Opt for the dual-clutch transmission for a dual-purpose comfy commuter and track-day star. Its 300-horsepower output is strong, 0-60 mph takes just 5.1 seconds, and it starts at $39,050. For another $7,000 you can get a limited-edition 1-Series M Coupe that offers near-M3 levels of performance including 335-horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque in overboost, and 4.1-second 0-60 mph times, making it one of the top performers in our list, but also one of the priciest.