BMW’s entry-level coupes and convertibles carry on with few changes for the 2012 model year, save for a few tech updates and a mildly revised front end. In the disappointing-news-department, the beloved 1-Series M Coupe
is gone from the lineup for the 2012 model year, although there are rumors of its return in the future.
There’s still a lot to like with available 1-Series models
, including the gateway-to-the-brand 128i. The car comes packing a 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six engine that can be mated to the buyer’s choice of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Opt for the 135i, and you’ll get a twin-scroll turbocharger on the 3.0-liter six that raises output to 300 horsepower, as well as your choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch (DCT) gearbox. Both cars come in either coupe or convertible variants.
Inside, base models can be somewhat Spartan for an entry-level luxury car. If you like black plastic,...