In a world where it seems like consumer products are getting smaller and more tightly packaged, BMW is following that same trend by chopping off inches from their 3-series coupes wheelbase and are calling it the 1-series coupe. Even though the 1-series is small it still carries a hefty weight of 3,420 pounds. To get this weight the 1-series has two direct hand me down engines from the 3 series including the 3.0 liter inline six with 230 horsepower and the 300 horsepower 3.0 liter from the 335i. The 1 series also gets the option of a 6 speed automatic transmission along with the 6 speed manual gearbox. Due to the striking similarity in between the 1 & 3-series BMW has seemed to keep the price of the 1-series fairly close to that of the 3 with only about a $6,000 difference between the 135i and 335i coupe. For those that remember the BMW 2002, the 135i is a great testament to the previous car with a 50/50 weight distribution, rear-drive layout, spacious interior and room for four in a small package. The car with its 300 horsepower can propel to 60 in about 5.0 seconds and the quarter mile in less than 14 seconds. With standard 18-inch wheels with 215/40 18 Bridgestone Potenza’s up front and 245/35 18’s out back and a standard M aerodynamics package along with upgraded suspension from the factory, the 135i has plenty of maneuverability and agility to go with its straight line performance. The BMW 135i and 128i are available now at your local BMW dealership. It’s definitely worth checking out. 2009 Mercedes Benz SL 63 The Mercedes Benz SL-class has always been a staple of the grand touring car. A long, low slung, convertible with high horsepower for those long highway cruises. For 2009 Mercedes has kept to that by keeping the SL basically the same but have done quite a bit of exterior re-working. Also under the hood, the SL 55’s engine has been removed and replaced with a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated engine that puts out 518 horsepower and it’s mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that has a wet clutch. The new transmission has four different modes depending on how aggressive you would like to drive and also has a launch control for great starts off the line. These factors combine to get the SL 63 from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. That’s quick for a car that weighs over two tons. The car uses the same brakes that were on the older SL 55 but the tires have been upgraded to a wider size. This combined with stiffer dampers and the option of a sport package that costs $14,000 and includes a smaller steering wheel, upgraded brake rotors and a toque-sensing limited slip differential; enable the new SL 63 out maneuver the previous generation. The transmission can provide lightning quick shifts for high performance driving while also rev-matching on downshifts. But it can also provide refined gear changes while you’re stuck in traffic on the 405 freeway. The SL 63 is a terrific car for cruising down Rodeo Drive or on the way to Las Vegas. You may want to go there anyways to try and recover some of the $190,575 price tag.