According to the U.S. magazine, BMW of North America had planned to introduce the super sporty hatchback to U.S. customers, after an initial refusal, but the decision came a bit too late. “The car has not been engineered for the U.S. and to modify it now would be too expensive and take too long,” said a BMW spokesman to InsideLine.
The company has yet to officially conform the plans to bring a coupe variant of the M135i, but BMWBLOG has learned earlier this year in a conversation with M CEO Friedrich Nitschke that the performance division has specifically built the M135i for the U.S. market and customers. Reading between the lines: an M135i Coupe model will make it on this side of the pond.
In current configuration, the BMW M135i is powered by a 3-litre, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.
M135i runs from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.9 seconds.
The M135i model belongs to the new M Performance Automobiles family which aims to bridge the gap between standard bimmers with M Sport packages and a fully M-developed vehicle.
If it arrives to the U.S., we believe the model designation will be M235i, following the naming convention of the 2 Series line-up.