Inspired by last week ‘s post and recent articles in Roundel it occurred to me to build similar trim level 1 ‘s to see where they shake out.

To create similar cars the first step is the M-sport pack.This levels the aesthetic by adding the M body kit to the 128, the steering wheel and suspension equalizes as well, leaving only 17 ” wheels to be upgraded to the BMW Motorsport wheels.What of the 135 ‘s larger front brakes?The BMW Performance calipers are effectively the same as the 135 ‘s, so add them too.The final step adds xenon lights.

So what we have is two nearly identical cars.With marginally improved braking on the 128, but 70 fewer horsepower and no trick e-diff from the 135, while picking up marginal MPG.We expect some savings given our thriftiness opting for the 128 ‘s non-turbocharged motor, yes?So did I, however that proves not to be the case.The minimally optioned 135 (white, M-sport) comes in at $37,975 while the 128, with; M-sport, Performance brakes, 18 ” Motorsport wheels, Xenon ‘s, rings up at $37,830.It came as a shock to me too, but it pretty clearly illustrates what a performance bargain the 135 truly is.