BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has supposedly confirmed with CARMagazine that a range of tii models will soon be available on the 1 and 3 Series. Ruling out the possibility of the rumored M1, Reithofer said that the tii spec would be the most performance-oriented model in the 1-Series range, saying “the 135i already plays kind of a tii role within the 1-Series” (BMW says it does 0-60 in 5.3, others have done it in less…much less)
Ready to debut this summer is a new facelifted 3-Series that will likely see a tii model as well. CAR says that the brakes will come from the M3 along with a sports suspension and a new twin-clutch transmission. The totally redesigned 3-Series isn’t due until 2011.
Click through to read an excerpt of CAR’s interview with Reithofer.
Q: What about an even stronger M1 as new top-of-the-line version?
A: ‘It´s not in the plan.’
Q: Isn’t the danger that the tii suffix could be seen as just decorative? CAR thinks there should be substance to back up the badge…
A: ‘I don´t disagree. But we need a bit more time – to define the evolution of the tii theme and to physically develop it.’
BMW Concept 1-Series tii Gallery:
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