Official: 2011 BMW 135i Changes

The 2011 BMW 135i Coupe and Convertible will officially receive the changes that we have been hinting at, a new motor and a new transmission option.

BMWNA Official Press Release

New twin-scroll turbocharged inline six highlights the changes

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 11, 2010… BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy continues with the 2011 135i Coupe and Convertible models which feature the company’s latest twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six cylinder engine. Both models will feature the 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT) as an option. The new six-cylinder (N55 designation) develops maximum output of 300 hp at 5,800 rpm, with peak torque of 300 lb-ft available all the way from 1,200–5,000 rpm.This is the same level of performance as the current 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder but with the innovation of twin-scroll technology and the integration of VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology, this new engine promises even better throttle response and even more fuel efficiency.Thanks to VALVETRONIC, VANOS, and the twin-scroll turbocharger housing, peak torque is reached 100rpm earlier than with the previous engine, and engine boost response is improved across the entire engine speed range. In order to enhance the sporting character of the optional 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission, the shift paddles now feature dedicated paddles for upshifting and down shifting.The driver now pulls the right paddle for upshifts and the left for down shifts. Manual shifts may also be accomplished via the console mounted e-shifter.

Harman Kardon Surround Sound System replaces HiFi System Professional as the upgrade sound system option.

The 2011 BMW 135i Coupe and Convertible will go on sale in the United States as 2011 models in Spring 2010.

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  • Lee L

    Now, if they will just make the 135 in a real color. I would love Yellow, but will settle for anything other than blue, red or some shade of silver. Sedona Red is close to being good, but it is just does not pop enough without perfect lighting conditions, which are almost never seen on the road.

  • Mike

    Now if they have fixed the high pressure fuel pump issue, then I am happy with the change. I was hoping to have more HP from the upgraded engine but with twin turbos, it could be tweeked for probably 400+ hp with a boos in pressure.

    • There will be a single dual scroll turbo on the N55 along with Valvetronic, not a “twin turbo”. The HPFPs will be used in any vehicle with direct injection, so the N55 will still have one (all future engines as well).

  • Babak

    Mike, the whole point of the N55 is to get rid of one of the turbos. This engine is a TwinScroll, but single turbo setup.

  • Eliot R.

    Anyone know, can you still order a 2010 135i with the twin turbo engine?

    • I am fairly sure that all 2010 model ordering has been finalized, so what is on the ground is what there is.

  • Mark

    “In order to enhance the sporting character of the optional 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission, the shift paddles now feature dedicated paddles for upshifting and down shifting.”

    Perhaps I’m stupid but can someone please explain this? What was the previous paddle configuration or were there no paddles previously?

    • Currently on non-///M models there are two paddles- each can up or down shift.

      Moving forward each paddle will be dedicated to one function- up or down like ///M models.

      This is a welcomed changed for all of us enthusiasts as this is more in-line with what other sequential systems (Ferrari, Porsche, ///M) use and it just makes more sense on the track.

      When we originally heard about this back in November we were very pleased as it is a step back in the right direction for mainstream BMW products.

  • Matthew

    I just ordered a 2011 White 135i coupe with Black Leather. Going to take 10 weeks and I can’t wait !

  • jim

    right on matt…ordered the same color and interior. im gonna powder coat the wheels black also. looks great!