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.

BMW 1 Series Coupe Makes US Debut