2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test


2008 BMW 135i: Stonk Fast

March 24, 2009

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We've tested our little 2008 BMW 135i twice. The first time was on May 6th of last year when it had just 1,735 miles on its odometer. Then we tested it again in early December as part of a comparison test with the new 2009 Nissan 370Z. At that point, the car was approaching 15,000 miles.

As is usually the case when you test the same car more than once, the 135i test numbers do vary a bit from test to test. Regardless, there's no denying that this car is stonk fast, and its awesome ability to turn and stop put the littlest Bimmer in rare air.

No it's not cheap, (base price is $35,000) but the 135i remains one of the great performance buys out there. Heck, it runs circles around our long-term Challenger R/T, out sprints the Mustang GT and almost keeps up with the new 426 hp Camaro SS. And guess what, they all cost about $35,000.

We'll test our 135i again before we flip it, but until then, check out the BMW's present performance numbers after the jump.

First Test

Accleration

0-60 mph.......5.0 seconds

0-60 mph (with one foot of rollout like on a dragstrip).....4.7 seconds

Quarter Mile......13.3 sec. @ 103.7 mph

Handling

Skidpad........86g

Slalom..........69.6 mph

Braking

60-0 mph.....105 ft.

30-0 mph......27 ft.

Second Test

Accleration

0-60 mph.......5.1 seconds

0-60 mph (with one foot of rollout like on a dragstrip).....4.8 seconds

Quarter Mile......13.4 sec. @ 103.5 mph

Handling

Skidpad........90g

Slalom..........69.7 mph

Braking

60-0 mph.....108 ft.

30-0 mph......27 ft.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 19,085 miles

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