Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

One Is Not the Loneliest Number: BMW Returns to Its 3-Series Roots with the Light and Affordable 1-Series

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

One Is Not the Loneliest Number: BMW Returns to Its 3-Series Roots with the Light and Affordable 1-Series

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2008 BMW 1281 CONVERTIBLE RETAIL PRICE (MSRP) $33,875 STANDARD ENGINE 3.0-LITER INLINE 6 HORSKPOWER 230 @ 6,S00 RPM TORQUE (LB-FT) 200 @ 2,750 RPM FUEL ECONOMY, CITY (MPG) 18 HIGHWAY (MPG) 27-28

IF YOU'VE SPENT ANY TIME in the gayborhood in the last 10 years, you know that tile BMW 3-series is the unofficial gay car. Available as a coupe, sedan, convertible, or supercar, the cheapest BMW satisfied a myriad of tastes among the LGBT elite.

But just as the decade turned us from twinks to daddies, the 3-series has grown thicker around the middle and developed an expensive taste (the 2008 M3 costs around $60,000). So it seems high time for the venerable 3-series to pass the everyman's BMW moniker to the next generation. Enter the upstart 1-series, which shows up in six-cylinder 128i form or as a twin turbo-six 135i; both are available as a smart coupe or a sexed-up convertible. With the same engines as the 3-series but housed in lighter, nimbler bodies, the 1-series reminds us that driving a BMW in its purest sense should be fast, fun, and free.

After a day with both the coupe and the convertible in Monterey, Calif., the topless version won our hearts, minds, and pants. …

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