BMW has unveiled the new ‘M’ version of its new 1 Series hatchback.
The new M135i may no longer be rear-wheel-drive and feature a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, but BMW is promising that this new version will be just as good to drive.
Sharing the same engine with the newly-unveiled Mini Clubman and Countryman John Cooper Works, it’s BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder powerplant, as the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit pushes out 302bhp and 450Nm of torque.
This is sent to all wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission, with the result being a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.See Available 1 Series deals
The standard 1 Series has already seen an increase in its torsional stiffness, but the M135i also receives chassis enhancements that claim to improve handling and ride quality. A Torsten limited-slip differential and launch control are two further performance enhancements fitted.
As part of the M Sport Plus package, the model also features M Sport suspension and steering – the latter offering a sharper response. Beefier brakes also come as part of the package.
The new M135i was unveiled alongside the standard 1 Series, which boasts a new look, better efficiency and a more practical interior.
While the new model is deliberately subtle about its performance, it can be differentiated from the normal model by its mesh-design kidney grille and door mirrors finished in Cerium Grey, along with a gloss black diffuser and different side sills. The cabin also comes with M Sport seats with embossed headrests.
The new M135i xDrive is available to order now, priced from £36,430, with first deliveries expected in September.