• Australia’s Best Cars – Best Sports Car under $80,000
  • Winner fourth consecutive year

The BMW 135i Sport Coupé has continued its awarding winning streak, taking out the Best Sports Car of 2011 as voted by Australia’s Best Cars, for the fourth consecutive year.

“Under the bonnet is a 225 kW twin-turbo, direct-injection, 3.0-litre straight-six, winner of several international design awards going back some years. This is one complete engine, readily willing to send the tachometer needle racing to redline, or (thanks to a broad expanse of torque between 1300 and 5000 rpm), impress with its mid-range muscle. And when it really goes to work, there’s a stirring soundtrack to match,” said the judges.

“BMW has blessed the smart-looking coupe with the ultimate in underpinnings to complement its class-leading performance: near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, rear-wheel-drive, tuned suspension, hi-tech braking system and a comprehensive tyre and wheel combination.

“Simply put, the BMW 135i Coupe is the complete driver’s car,” they said.

Australia’s Best Cars celebrated its 12th anniversary at an awards ceremony held at the exclusive RACV Club in Melbourne last night.  Still today it remains Australia’s most comprehensive and independent consumer based award programme. Over 300 new vehicles were rated across a number of key consumer criteria with a special emphasis on the top three performers in each of the 15 categories.

Since its market introduction in 2008, the BMW 135i Coupé has established itself as a cult figure within the performance segment blending striking acceleration, poised and balanced handling, driver excitement and comfort as well as remarkable fuel economy.