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BMW unpacks 1 Series M concept

2012-02-27 08:32

BMW’s getting ready to preview a hot-hatch M Performance version of its 1 Series entry-level range at the 2012 Geneva auto show.

The Concept M135i will be shown as part of the world premiere of BMW’s new M Performance range in which the three-door will be the first to feature a straight-six petrol engine.

BMW says this pocket rocket offers the ideal balance between “outstanding performance and everyday suitability”.

Said to benefit from BMW’s years of motorsport experience, the Concept M135i’s suspension has been lowered and tweaked to deliver increased agility and more precise handling and its aerodynamic properties fine-tuned.

224kW TO THE REAR WHEELS

Its six-cylinder engine uses M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology and, BMW says, is good for 224kW. To ensure the rear-wheel drive concept remains firmly on the black stuff the car has M sports brakes partly concealed by its 18” M alloys.

BMW Concept M135i

A SIGN OF FUTURE POTENCY: The Concept M135i uses a power-happy straight-six and comes with M sports suspension.

Other visual clues indicating the concept’s more assertive nature are its larger air intakes with three-dimensional flaps, larger brakes and a rear apron finished in dark metallic that house twin tail-pipes.

All in all, the Concept M135i offers an exciting glimpse into the future of the BMW’s junior hatchback.

The concept will be shown alongside other members of the reformed M Performance range at the 2012 Geneva auto show which will open on March 6.

Read more reports from the 2012 Geneva auto show.

Comments
  • Mogo - 2012-02-27 11:27

    Bleh>>> This shape is an absolute design flop of the century! Well done BMW..

      Deen - 2012-02-28 08:06

      True, BMW seem intent on engineering "ugly" into each of their cars lately. Oh for the days of the E39 M5

  • Michael - 2012-02-28 08:22

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...I like it. If you have something more substantial to say, then say it. Otherwise don't say anything...food for thought!

  • Reuben - 2012-02-28 12:09

    This isn't a "pure" M as with the 1M, M3, M5, M6 etc... It's a performance enhanced version of the 135i tuned by BMW's M Sport division. Sort of like the 80's M535i and M635 CSI.

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