Bmw also unveiled today the M135i, a sporty version of the 1-Series three-door version powered by a 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder petrol engine. As expected, the engine is fitted M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology and delivers 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Furthermore, M135i is capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0 litres (7.5 litres)/100 km while the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams (175 grams) per kilometre. The engine uses a six-speed manual transmission with dry sump lubrication, while an eight-speed automatic sports transmission with gearshift paddles integrated in the steering wheel is available as an option.
Regarding its looks, the M135i comes with an with an M front bumper with large air intakes with horizontal struts in Ferric Grey metallic in order to keep the engine cool, and a rear apron with integrated air diffuser finished in Dark Shadow metallic featuring dual exhaust pipes. Moreover, the design is completed by the exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey, specially contoured side skirts and 18-inch M light alloy double-spoke wheels.
The interior features exclusive cloth Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel with blue accent stitching, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, interior trim in Aluminium Hexagon with matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black accent lines gear selector and handbrake with leather gaiters, M driver footrest, speedometer and rev counter with red chronoscales.
Because of the BMW M135i’s suspension technology that is model-specific, it has the capacity to maximize its performance through its unique powerful engine, giving the driver exciting dynamics and a remarkable self-assured driving experience. Kudos to the separate suspension control and damping systems and also to the unique elasto-kinematics of the axle at the front.
It’s easy to see how the BMW M Performance car can spoil the driver with a string of sporty driving features. To add to that, its Variable Sports Steering system gives a sporty feel unique to its class. The aerodynamic balance, suspension and engine work in perfect harmony as it gives the driver a wonderful experience, making the driver be in total control of the cruise all the time.
The BMW M Performance car is presented with a permanent caliper M Sport Brake System with four-piston units on the axle at the front and two-piston units at the back as customary equipment. The system is fixed with large brake discs and dark blue metallic calipers having the M logo. The M Sport Brake System is offered on every other model in the brand new three-door sedan range of the BMW 1-Series as well, together with the M Sport Package that is entirely optional.
The usual M light alloy wheels of the BMW M 135i that measure 18 inches have tires that differ in size: 225/40 R18 on the axle on the front and 245/35 R18 on the rear. The high grip tires are specially built for this particular model, assuring the driver that the braking torque and acceleration torque are perfectly transmitted to the surface of the road.
Dynamic Stability Control system (DSC) comes with the Cornering Brake Control system (CBC), the Dynamic Traction Control system (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control system (DBC), and an anti-lock braking system (ABS). These features come hand in hand with added capabilities such as a Dry Braking functionality, the Brake Assistant, a Hill Start Assistant, and Fading Compensation. The response thresholds of the control system for driving stability while in DTC mode are usually set a higher level.