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2008 BMW 1 Series - Road Test Specs

2008 BMW 1 Series Coupe

(3.0L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
Model1 Series
Style128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$29,425
Options on test vehicleSport Package, iPod and USB Adapter, Heated Front Seats, Gray Poplar Wood Trim
As-tested MSRP$32,125


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,996cc (183cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.7
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)230 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)200 @ 2,750
Transmission type6-speed Manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=4.323:1, II=2.456:1, III-1.659:1, IV=1.23:1,V=1:1, VI=0.848:1 Final drive=3.23:1


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.0:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle NCT 5
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front205/50R17
Tire size, rear225/45R17
Wheel size17 X 7.0 front - 17 X 7.5 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph (sec.)8.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.3 @ 96.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)113
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.8
@ Full throttle (dB)75.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsBest accel run with heavy wheelspin at launch, which isn't uncommon for BMWs. Crisp shifter. Perfect clutch take up. Easy to launch RWD.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsPedal feel and response is good. Consistent, fade-free stops.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsFront grip at the limit not as defined as I'd prefer. Predictable balance and easy to control around skid pad. Quick responses somewhat surprising in the least expensive BMW. Very stable through transitions. Easy to build up to limits. Body motions well controlled.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)81.4
Wind (mph, direction)2.4 from NW

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City / 28 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,252
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,198
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51/49
Length (in.)171.7
Width (in.)68.8
Height (in.)56.0
Wheelbase (in.)104.7
Track, front (in.)58.4
Track, rear (in.)59.7
Turning circle (ft.)35.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)32.0
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, rear (in.)37.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.0
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.0


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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