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The standout models of the BMW product range
The Bavarian Motor Works – better known as BMW – have gone from strength to strength in the decades following the release of their first car way back in 1927.
Today, the German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer, which is instantly recognisable by its rounded logo of alternating blue and white quadrants, is one of the biggest vehicle companies in Europe, if not the world.
Drivers have a wide range of vehicles to choose from in the BMW product range, though three varieties stand head and shoulders above the rest – the 1 Series, the 3 Series and the 5 Series.
Let's take a look at the standout model of each of these ranges that are only just hitting car showrooms nationwide.
Moving forward with the BMW 1 Series M135i
The vehicle manufacturing industry is all about moving ahead with the times, with the BMW 1 Series M135i a perfect example of this ideology.
A three-door BMW which presents drivers with six cylinders and a M-tuned suspension system, the car also stands out for its improved design over the old M model.
Despite the BMW 1 Series M135i only being able to achieve 320bhp via a single turbo – its predecessor achieved 340bhp - the new engine is able to deliver the same level of torque over a wider rev range.
Plus, it is 70kg lighter, which is only going to help enhance the car's fuel economy and efficiency.
Performance wise, drivers will be able to get this car up to 62mph from rest in a blistering 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155mph, where laws allow.
Upon awarding the BMW 1 Series M135i with a nine-out-of-ten rating, a reviewer at Top Gear magazine simply stated that "here we have a BMW that's an actual performance bargain".
Cruise in style with the BMW 3 Series Convertible
A reviewer at motoring website Car Advice underlined that "the BMW 335i Convertible proves once again that the German car maker knows how to design a fine-looking drop-top".
So how has the company been able to achieve such high praise? Simply by designing the vehicle with a low-slung stance, before developing a chassis made up of a series of clear lines and then finishing the look with a smooth bodywork effect.
Of course, drivers in the market for a new convertible want their car's roof to slide back with ease and never compromising on driver comfort.
With the BMW 335i Convertible, motorists only need to wait 18 seconds to sample a delightful wind-in-the-hair feeling, while a nifty wind deflector ensures even the harshest of wind buffeting effects are kept at bay.
Cruising along the road has never felt this good.
Take a peek at the all-new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
It was hard to categorise the original BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo as only one type of car.
The vehicle featured an interior made up of stylish elegance akin to a luxury limousine, yet somehow blended brilliantly with the flexibility of a station wagon. And this was before drivers got to sample the car's versatility, which was comparable to that of a sport activity vehicle.
Fast forward to the autumn of 2012 and a re-imagined version of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo appears to be ready to come out of hiding.
Early glimpses of the vehicle look promising, with the car presenting lower grilles and intakes on the front, as well as a reworked boot shape and brand-new taillights towards the rear.
Other notable changes include the fact that the indicator lights appear to have been omitted from the sides, to present a smoother door design, while a tiny exhaust suggests that a downsized three- or four-cylinder engine is being packed under the bonnet.
More is expected to be revealed about the reworked BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo in the near future, before its launch in the new year.