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.