Two GoodCarBadCar features merge to compare and contrast the BMW 1-series. This smallest-of-all current BMW’s generates a lot of opinion; divisive and passionate. That started with the X Coupe (seen left) which BMW debuted as a concept years ago For those of us on the left side of the Atlantic Ocean, diesel 1-series derivatives aren’t available. Europeans see every possible 1-series engine, from the 113bhp (and even more torqueless) 116i to half of today’s comparo, the 301bhp 135i coupe. Yowza. Here are your Numbers from Across The Pond.
1995 – engine capacity, in cc’s, of the four-cylinder turbodiesel in the BMW 123d coupe
2979 – engine capacity, in cc’s, of the twin-turbocharged gas-fired engine in the BMW 135i coupe
201 – horsepower generated by the 2.0L diesel, exactly 100 less than the almighty petrol 1-series, the 135i
295 – torque, measured in pound-feet, produced by the 2.0L diesel and 3.0L gas engines
1420 – weight of the BMW 123d in kilograms, 65 kg’s less than the BMW 135i
40 – weight advantage of the 135i compared to its larger sibling, the equivalently engined 335i
155 – top speed, in miles per hour, of the 135i, seven mph greater than the top speed of the 123d
138 – C02 emissions, measured in grams per kilometre, produced by the 123d; 82 fewer grams than the 135i produces each kilometre.
24 – extra miles the 123d can travel on a gallon of fuel, over and above the 135i, as measured on the EU cycle
3455 – fewer British pounds sterling required to purchase a 123d, as opposed to the 135i
14766 – expected value of the 135i in the UK after three years, £1,044 more than the 123d
100.75 – horsepower per litre figure of the 2.0L diesel in the 123d
72 – horsepower per litre figure of the 7.0L naturally-aspirated V8 in Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06
101 – horsepower per litre figure of the 3.0L petrol in the 135i