In Europe, BMW dealers have offered a 1-Series variant since fall 2004. But BMW of North America took a pass on the hatchback, which first also offered only four-cylinder power. BMW of North America was wise to wait for the four-seat coupe given American tastes.
The wait is almost over. The new coupe is due for a formal reveal at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show, but photos of the 135i and initial details have been released. U.S. sales are set for spring 2008.