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BMW has released their updated M135i featuring an extensively modified front- and rear-end design. The new 3-door and 5-door BMW 1-Series models come with a comprehensively revised engine line-up and additional measures designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The new BMW M135i has an increased output of 240 kW/326 hp and peak torque of 450 Newton metres (332 lb-ft) generated by its straight-six engine propel it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.1 (automatic: 4.9) seconds. Average fuel consumption is 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres (35.3 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 188 grams per km.
One piece in the jigsaw is a special version of the M aerodynamic package, which can be identified by features including large outer air intakes in the front apron. These occupy the space normally reserved for foglamps on all other new BMW 1-Series models. The exterior mirror caps are in the typical BMW M paint finish Ferric Grey. The rear apron of the BMW M135i comes with a distinctively styled diffuser in a Dark Shadow metallic paint finish and surrounds for the exhaust system’s twin tailpipes.
Sporting black chrome tailpipe embellishers and delivering a resonant soundtrack, the exhaust system of the BMW M135i hints both visually and acoustically at the power developed by the six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet. In addition to the model-specific M Sport suspension and 18-inch double-spoke M light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey with mixed tyres, the variable sports steering, M Sport braking system and shorter gearshift travel for the standard six-speed manual gearbox have been adapted precisely to the powertrain’s performance profile. The aim here is to give the car agile handling characteristics which can also be harnessed extremely deftly when dynamic driving is the order of the day. The specially developed high-grip tyres (225/40 R18 format for the front wheels, 245/35 R18 at the rear) optimise the transfer of acceleration and braking forces to the road.
Among the features helping to bring a sports car feel to the interior of the BMW M135i are door sill plates with “M135i” lettering, an M leather steering wheel, sports seats and interior trim strips with an M-specific design, the M gearshift lever or selector lever gaiter, the fulled leather handbrake lever grip, the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual roof liner, the knee pad in the driver’s footwell, the M driver’s footrest and the lighting package. “M135i” lettering in the instrument cluster display provides an additional, exclusive accent.
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