M135i is likely to be powered by a 16bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine
19 January 2012

These spy pictures show the most potent version of the new BMW 1-series, which is set to launch alongside the new three-door model later this year.

A BMW M insider confirmed to Autocar that the new model was likely to wear the M135i badge and would be part of the firm’s upcoming M Performance Automobiles line-up.

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According to the insider the M135i model, pictured here in testing for the first time, was likely to be powered by the same 316bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine found in the BMW 640i.

Like all M Performance models, the M135i will also sport a whole host of chassis and styling tweaks as part of its makeover. Insiders say the model should be viewed as a three-door hatchback version of the current 135i coupé, with a more focused M-honed chassis and more muscular styling.

The spy pictures also reveal the look of the three-door 1-series for the first time. It gets a gently sloping roofline and a more angular rear glasshouse for a sleeker profile than the five-door model.

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19 January 2012

I think perhaps more importantly it shows the styling of the M-Sport model.

19 January 2012

With figures like this, does it mean we are unlikely to get another 1M?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

19 January 2012

Considering we know what the current 1-series looks like, why the disguise?

Or perhaps the 'swirlies' are hiding the M135i's standard-fit Starsky and Hutch-style white stripe??

19 January 2012

This car was ridiculed when it first appeared a few months ago. But I have a sneaking suspicion it'll be considered quite handsome in a few years time. Especially when all of the sporty models become a common sight on our roads.

Myk

19 January 2012

[quote Hellbound]This car was ridiculed when it first appeared a few months ago. But I have a sneaking suspicion it'll be considered quite handsome in a few years time. [/quote]

I have a sneaking suspicion it'll still looking like it was hit by the ugly truck. Which then reversed over it to make sure.

19 January 2012

[quote Autocar]These spy pictures show the most potent version of the new BMW 1-series, which is set to launch alongside the new three-door model later this year.

A BMW M insider at confirmed to Autocar that the new model was likely to wear the M135i badge and would be part of the firm’s upcoming M Performance Automobiles line-up.

See pictures of the new BMW M135i

According to the insider the... Read the full article[/quote] A bit over kill don't you think?,does that mean the 330i will be dropped?,if not,are BMW just filling in the gaps to preserve there status as a performance saloon maker/hatch?,either way i see no point .

Peter Cavellini.

19 January 2012

I do hope the 135i will be offered as a 5-door. I was hoping they would do that with the E87 but alas.

As for looks, there's no accounting for taste but the E87 has worn incredibly well over the years, in my view. I have no doubt the F20 will too.

And to the detractors, what would you prefer, a gorgeous looking dud or the best handling chassis in its class, RWD and world beating engines? When I drive, I can't see what my car looks like from the inside. Easy choice.

19 January 2012

[quote cfherd]I think perhaps more importantly it shows the styling of the M-Sport model.[/quote]

I agree! That, and that it shows the styling of the 3-door.

19 January 2012

[quote 6th.replicant]

Considering we know what the current 1-series looks like, why the disguise?

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The cynic in my wants to suggest it is so that we take notice of it, and pictures are taken to end up on websites around the world.

I mean, if it did not have the swirly disguise on it, most people would not even notice the diference between it and the already released 5-door. So it would not be 'scooped' and thus posted on websites and discussed on forums.

And BMW would miss out on all that free publicity.

But that is the cynic in me...

19 January 2012

This is going to be awesome! Another hit by BMW!

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