BMW 128i – The Ultimate in Driving Exhilaration
The BMW 128i is a compact and unassuming powerhouse that can fool the average car enthusiast on first impression. This 2012 version of the iconic sports-car inspired vehicle has numerous defining features that make it worth the $31,000 sticker price attached to it. Let’s have a look at some of the features that make it the newest definition of driving exhilaration.
On first inspection, the refined body, long hood and short wheelbase make it look like the reincarnation of the 2800 CS. However, the sexy and sleek BMW 128i high door line and low stance is perfect for an aggressive car with an impressive engine, which we’ll take a look at later. New accents in the headlight and tail light clusters add to the refined look and sophisticated, compact silhouette that has been perfected by BMW over the years.
Engine and Efficiency
The BMW 128i comes equipped with a 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder engine that delivers smooth power. The 200 pounds per feet of torque offer superb acceleration. What’s more is the fact that the engine comes with an electronically controlled water pump, which is designed to increase power output. The engine build breaks new ground due to the fact that it’s the first to be constructed of a lightweight alloy of composite magnesium and aluminum. The Valvetronic design that is featured in almost all BMWs is present in this model too, and it works at increasing fuel efficiency by varying the lift height of the engine valves, which is preferred when compared to using a traditional throttle. Lastly, the Dynamic Traction Control keeps the car on the road, especially when negotiating twists and turns. This gives you ultimate control of your BMW 128i.
The BMW 128i introduces new features such as electronic climate zone controls, which enables the driver to select a different and much lower air temperature for the chest and head than in the car’s footwell. The car also has intelligent air recirculation air control which uses sensors to detect pollutants such as ethanol and carbon monoxide. When such agents are detected, the system automatically recirculates air to maintain fresh air in the cabin. The optional navigation system, included with an upgrade, uses GPS satellites to map out the road ahead, letting you enjoy the ride without worrying about what’s coming up next. Traffic information is received by another tuner present in the automobile and is relayed on the display system, which helps avoid traffic jams by suggesting alternative routes to use.
When it comes to entertainment, the BMW 128i is fitted with the high quality Harman Kardon Surround Audio System that uses an explosive 300W amplifier and vehicle-specific equalizing, coupled with a ten-speaker system and four tweeters. With all that sound power, you have no excuse not to pump up the music and experience exquisite sound and power thanks to BMW’s supercharged audio system. An iPod and USB connector is included, for those times when you want to carry and play your own music conveniently.
The BMW 128i is the perfect compact sporty vehicle for drivers who want it all and then some.