BMW has announced a new purer hot hatch version of its 1 Series – the 128ti.
While the German manufacturer already has the 302bhp M135i with all-wheel-drive at the top of the range, the firm is introducing a slightly less powerful front-wheel-drive model which is set to offer a more stripped-back driving experience and be closer to the original hot hatch formula.
While not revealed in full production form yet, the new 128ti has been testing on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit ahead of a full debut later this year.
It shares its 2.0-litre petrol engine with the M135i, but with its power reduced to 261bhp, with an eight-speed steptronic automatic gearbox delivering its power to the front wheels. BMW is also claiming it’ll be able to hit 60mph in less than six seconds.
The 128ti is 80kg lighter than the M135i, while it’s far more than just a modified 1 Series thanks to a revised suspension and steering setup bespoke to the car, along with a mechanical Torsten limited-slip differential.
BMW says it’s targeting the new car at a younger audience than the M135i, with prices likely to start from around £33,000 making this car noticeably cheaper than the £37,340 range-topper.
Further details are expected to be announced ahead of the new BMW 128ti arriving in showrooms in November.Enquire on a new BMW 1 Series