Following the debt of the BMW Concept M135i, the German automaker today unveiled the production version that should hit European roads very soon but may never see the light of day in the United States – well, at least for now.
So what has BMW done here? They’ve taken a new BMW 1-Series three-door hatch and added an M Performance-prepped chassis with sports suspension, steering and brake systems. All that is fused in with BMW M styling that makes for an aggressive stance with a new front bumper, a rear bumper with a diffuser, 18-inch alloy wheels, silver mirror caps, sport seats and bespoke interior trim.
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Power for the BMW M135i comes from a 3.0 liter straight 6 with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that allows it to produce 320-hp at 5,800 rpm with a maximum torque of 332 lb-ft between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm.
When mated to a 6-speed manual, the BMW M135i will go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and 4.9 seconds with an automatic. While BMW is known for being quite conservative with their numbers, I for one am not that crazy about this M135i. As an owner of a 2012 BMW 135i with a 7-speed dual-clutch, I know that my car will run from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
So that brings me to the ultimate question? Is this really an M car?
– By: Omar Rana