By combining sporty rear-wheel-drive dynamics, agile handling, powerful engines and seating for four, the 1 Series Coupe will reinvent the niche created by the legendary BMW 2002.

230 or 300 hp

The BMW 1 Series Coupe has finally touched down on American soil and is ready to take off where the 1976 BMW 2002 left off. The new BMW 1 Series will go on sale in spring 2008 as the 230 hp 128i and 300 hp 135i.

Both versions are powered by a 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder engine. The 128i uses a Valvetronic valvetrain management to produce 230 hp with 200 lb-ft of torque. The 135i uses twin low-mass turbo's, direct piezo gasoline injectors and air-to-air intercooling to put 300 hp to the wheels with 300 lb-ft of torque.

The 135i comes standard with the M Aerodynamic Kit and both versions come with a choice of two interior options, namely the sporty and comfortable Leatherette or rich Boston Leather. There has been no word on pricing just yet.

[UPDATE - 11.16.07]

Although not officially announced, keen eyed Omar over at eGMCarTech was observant enough to spot the display plaque next to the 135i included the base price of $35,675 plus options.  Following Omar's tip, the gents over at Autoblog picked up the trail only to discover the plaque had been removed.  But after a couple of minutes of looking around, they discovered it behind one of the display partition walls.  Jump over to Autoblog to see an photo of the pricing list with options.

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