BMW recently announced their new M Performance Parts, with the M550d, the X5 M50d, and the X6 M50d getting the first additions from the program. The same treatment will also be applied to the 1-Series, but unlike the other three models, BMW has opted to unveil the model as a concept version first. The new M135i Concept will make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.
The BMW M135i Concept will feature the same design treatment as seen in the previous BMW M Performance models, including a distinctive front apron with large air intakes and a new rear apron finished in Dark Shadow metallic. The air intakes accommodate the exhaust system’s double tailpipe.
The concept is powered by a straight six-cylinder engine featuring M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology with a power output of more than 300 HP. It is also equipped with an M sports braking system and a special set of 18" M light alloy wheels.
UPDATE 02/22/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the BMW M135i.
Hit the jump to read more about the new M135i Concept.
Exterior and Interior
Compared to a standard BMW 1-Series, the new M135i Concept features a more dynamic and elongated appearance. This impression was obtained with the use of typical M design elements like a front apron with large air intakes designed to match the cooling requirement of the powerful engine. For the rear, BMW has added a new apron painted in Dark Shadow metallic that accommodates the exhaust system’s double tailpipe.
The concept’s beautiful white exterior paint is combined with
Ferric Grey on the exterior mirror caps and BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line on the side window surrounds. The car sits on a new set of 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design combined with larger brakes.
The new BMW M135i Concept is powered by a straight six-cylinder petrol engine that features M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology with a power output of more than 300 HP. The engine is combined with a rear-wheel drive system and a powerful sport suspension.
When Can I Buy It?
BMW has not revealed any selling or pricing information on the BMW M135i, after all this is just a concept at the moment. We expect to see a full production model by the end of the year.
If launched on the market, the new M135i will be far better than its direct competitor: the Audi A3. The A3 is also set to be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but will it be better than the RS3? Probably not. If rumors are true, the new RS3 will be powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with an increased output of 350 HP, up from 340 HP.
M Performance Equipment
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