Published on 22 Jul 2012 by Adriano
BMW has just released a bunch of new official videos (see the rest of the lot after the jump) dedicated to the M135i, the sportiest version of the current ‘entry-level’ model of the German house. The car has new front and rear bumpers and a pretty cool rear spoiler. Other than that, the car can be told apart from the other members of the 1-series range by its 18″ alloy wheels as well as some details on the inside, where we can find some nice aluminum inserts and new alcantara upholstery for the seats.
Under the hood of the BMW 135i pulses a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine credited with an output of 320 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 450 Nm of torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The car comes with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox but, as an extra and priced at 2,480 €, an 8-speed automatic option with paddle-shifters at the wheel is also available. With the latter, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, whereas the 6-speed manual transmission would need 5.1 secs to hit that mark. As usual, top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).
The steering wheel has a sporty grip, while the fact it is a two-door model get a little in the way of full accessibility to the rear seats, but once inside you find out that at the back there is more than enough space for two adults of average height. The trunk has an acceptable capacity, that can go from 360 liters to 1,200 liters once the rear bench is folded.
View the full BMW M135i photo gallery