2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview: BMW Concept M135i revealed

Article by Christian A., on February 24, 2012

BMW will be showcasing its concept study of a further model from its new BMW M Performance lineup from March 6 to 7, 2012, the media days of the Geneva International Motor Show. The first batch of BMW M Performance vehicles will also have its global debut at the show. The BMW Concept M135i uses the dynamic capability of the new BMW 1 Series for the first BMW M Performance vehicle concept, which utilizes a straight six-cylinder petrol engine.

he BMW Concept M135i's body design brings the sporty and youthful appeal of the new BMW 1 Series to the three-door compact model, matching it with the characteristic athleticism that comes in every BMW M Performance vehicle. Thanks to its sporty stance, the compact three-door vehicle genuinely reflects the distinctive qualities of BMW Performance cars to yet another automobile segment.

The BMW M Performance vehicles provide a symbiosis that is perfect for everyday suitability and outstanding performance. With the experience of the BMW M division in the decades of motorsport, a harmonious overall concept is developed to combine the aerodynamic characteristics, the ultimate performance of its remarkable powerful engines specifically designed to fit each model and the carefully modified suspension technology.

With this harmonious combination, the BMW M Performance automobiles have precisely controllable handling characteristics, an emotional design and increased agility. The qualities essential for the distinct M Performance feeling are immediately evident in the BMW Concept M135i.

The use of a straight six-cylinder petrol power plant creates the prerequisites which are perfect for maximum dynamics in the premium compact segment. This engine utilizes the M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology providing an output of at least 300 hp. The rear-wheel drive concept is also unique to this automobile class, and in conjunction with the petrol engine, the unrivalled driving pleasure typical of a BMW unit is ensured. 

In addition, the distinct handling precision of the BMW M Performance cars is achieved through model-specific suspension technology including an M sports braking system. It is perfectly adapted to complement its superb road performance. Another feature complementing the concept vehicle's sporty appeal is the 18-inch M light alloys, which has a double-spoke design.

The 3-door BMW M135i Concept Car’s silhouette makes a sportier and more elegant statement compared with that of the 5-door BMW 1-Series. Overall, the car has a more elongated and more dynamic appearance. When seen from the side, it has an athletic and low-slung look and a close proximity to the road, both intensely expressed by a horizontal contour line in the doorsills area. It also boasts a dynamic and rising character line symbolizing the concept’s urge to advance.

Moreover, the car’s wide doors are a characteristic element of the M135i Concept's body design. Along with the car’s rear-side windows, its frameless windows form one coherent window surface that reaches to the rear end and accentuates the dynamically stretched appearance of the body.

Additionally, the car’s surface design in the rear side panel area helps emphasize its powerful flared wheel arches. This part of the car’s body boasts a visual accentuation that directs your eyes to the wheels at the rear, where the 6-cylinder power plant’s power is transformed into typically-BMW driving dynamics.

There are attractive prospects for the BMW 1-Series model range’s further development. Thanks to its distinctively sports-oriented look, the M135i Concept offers plenty of attractive prospects for further development. This is a clear signal for the expansion of a new product category for BMW M Performance cars.

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BMW M135i Concept

Simultaneously with the world premiere of the first BMW M Performance automobiles, BMW's concept study of a further model from this new product category will be showcased on the media days at this 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. The BMW M135i Concept consistently utilises the dynamic potential of the new BMW 1-Series for the concept of the first BMW M Performance automobile featuring a straight six-cylinder petrol engine. The body design of the BMW M135i Concept assigns the youthful and sporty looks of the new BMW 1-Series to a three-door compact model, complementing it with the distinctive athleticism so typical of a BMW M Performance automobile.

Concept study with characteristics typical of a BMW M Performance automobile.

With its sporty appearance, the compact three-door car authentically conveys the typical qualities of BMW Performance automobiles to yet another vehicle segment. BMW M Performance automobiles offer an ideal symbiosis of outstanding performance and everyday suitability. Using the expertise gained by the BMW M division from decades of motor racing experience, the supreme performance of its tremendously powerful engines specifically designed to suit each model, the meticulously modified suspension technology and the aerodynamic characteristics are all combined into a harmonious overall concept. As a result, BMW M Performance automobiles have noticeably increased agility, precisely controllable handling characteristics and an emotional design. One look at the BMW M135i Concept and the qualities crucial to that characteristic M Performance feeling are instantly evident.

The employment of a straight six-cylinder petrol power plant featuring M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology with a power output of more than 300 hp creates the ideal prerequisites for maximum dynamics in the premium compact segment and, in conjunction with rear-wheel drive concept still unique in this vehicle class, ensures unsurpassed driving pleasure so typical of a BMW.

Moreover, the characteristic handling precision of BMW M Performance automobiles is obtained through model-specific suspension technology that includes an M sports braking system and is perfectly adapted to match the supreme road performance. 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design additionally complement the concept car's sporting character.

Body features typical M athletic design.

The front apron of the concept car boasts a typical M design, signalising intensive road-orientation, its large air intakes designed to match the cooling requirement of the powerful engine, ancillary components and large brakes. The three-dimensionally designed flaps on the air intakes give indication of the car's direct association with motor racing.

In addition to intense road-orientation, the specific design of the rear end of the BMW M135i Concept emphasises above all the vehicle's width. This is supplemented in particular by the three-dimensional modelling of the surfaces and the lower section of the rear apron finished in Dark Shadow metallic. Furthermore, the rear apron accommodates the exhaust system's double tailpipe that features a dark chrome trim.

The BMW M135i Concept's exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey and side window surrounds in BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line are a further feature of BMW M Performance automobiles.

Dynamic, stretched appearance. Concept study of the three-door BMW 1-Series.

Compared with the silhouette of the five-door BMW 1-Series, the three-door BMW M135i Concept makes an even more sporting and elegant statement. On the whole, the car has a more dynamic and elongated appearance. Viewed from the side, the car's athletic, low-slung appearance and its nearness to the road are even more intensely expressed by an entirely horizontal contour line in the area of the doorsills. A dynamically rising character line symbolises the BMW M135i Concept's urge to move forwards.

The wide doors are a further characteristic feature of the BMW M135i Concept's body design. Together with the rear side windows, the frameless windows form a coherent window surface reaching back to the rear end, accentuating the body's dynamically stretched appearance.

In addition, the surface design in the area of the rear side panels helps above all to emphasise the powerfully flared wheel arches. The visual accentuation of this part of the body directs the eye to the rear wheels, where the power of the six-cylinder power plant is transformed into driving dynamics in typical BMW manner.

Attractive prospects for the further development of the BMW 1-Series model range.

Thanks to a distinctively sports-oriented appearance, the BMW M135i Concept offers attractive prospects for the further development of the BMW 1-Series model range. At the same time, a clear signal has been given for the expansion of the new product category of BMW M Performance automobiles. The BMW M Performance automobiles being presented at the Geneva Motor Show and shortly to be launched are powered by the world's most high-performing six-cylinder diesel engine available for series production vehicles. The petrol-fuelled models in this product category will also assume a similar unique position. The pre-series concept car BMW M135i Concept offers a fascinating outlook on a corresponding offer in the premium compact segment.

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