After debuting the M135i Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, BMW has now unveiled the M135i production version. The new model will be distinguished by a specific exterior and interior design, as well as an impressive 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine that delivers an amazing 320 HP. This output allows the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
The car’s exterior will be distinguished by specific M design elements: a front apron with large air intake vents and three-dimensional flaps on the outer air vents inspired by automobile racing. At the rear, there will be an impressive rear apron plus dual exhaust pipes. The final touch is provided by a new set of 18-inch M light alloy double-spoke wheels. The interior receives Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, and an aluminum Hexagon trim with matte Estoril Blue or high-gloss black accent lines.
BMW has only unveiled the three-door version of the M135i, but they have promised that a five-door version will follow shortly.
UPDATE 05/14/12:This review has been updated with the official details and images for the BMW M135i.
UPDATE 08/01/12: BMW has unveiled a new video for the M135i - a model that unfortunately won’t make it to the US market. The BMW M 135i is part of the compact BMW 1 Series family and it’s a BMW M Performance Automobile. Have a closer look at this sporty car - powered by M.
UPDATE 12/12/12: The BMW M135i is one of the true pocket rockets in the industry, capable of hitting 320 horsepower and 331 lbs-ft of torque. Obviously, a car like that needs to get its Nurburgring baptismal, right? Well, the BMW sports hatch did and you can watch the video after the jump.
Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW M135i.
Exterior and Interior
The BMW M135i’s body has been specially designed to handle the impressive power delivered by its powerful engine. It will get the usual M design elements, including a new front apron with large air intake vents to meet the cooling demands of the high-performance straight six-cylinder engine, auxiliary units, and over-sized brakes. The three-dimensional flaps on the outer air vents were inspired by automobile racing and take the space reserved for the fog lights in other versions of the three-door BMW 1-Series. At the rear, there is a new rear apron and dual exhaust pipes. The car will be offered with a new set of 18-inch M
light alloy double-spoke wheels and "M135i" logos located on the door sills to help further identify the car.
The interior will receive exclusive cloth Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and blue accent stitching, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, an aluminum Hexagon interior trim with matte Estoril Blue or high-gloss black accent lines,
gear selector and handbrake with leather gaiters, M driver footrest,
speedometer, and rev counter with red chrono-scales.
Under the hood, the new M135i gets a 3.0 liter straight six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control, and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.
The engine will deliver a total of 320 HP at 5,800 rpm and a peak torque of 331 lbs-ft that is available between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. It will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). These figures can be attained while still delivering a fuel consumption of 8.0 liters per 100 kilometers.
The new M135i will also be offered with customized cooling system, M performance control, and engine sound tuning, as well as a newly
developed six-speed manual transmission with dry sump lubrication. A dynamic eight-speed automatic sports transmission with gearshift paddles integrated in the steering wheel is available as an option.
Prices for the new BMW M135i will be announced at a later date.
The new BMW M135i will take on models like the upcoming Audi RS3 that is set to be unveiled by the end of 2012. The RS3 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that will deliver a total of 350 HP.
BMW M135i posts 8:05 time at the ’Ring
Impressive performance numbers
Competition is more powerful.