The M Performance Automobile of the 1 Series family, the 2015 BMW M135i, comes to market this year to once again take the crown in the performance compact hatch market.
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The BMW M135i occupies a stand-out position in the new BMW 1 Series model range, one which also underlines its position as the leading sports performer in the premium compact segment. BMW M135i comes with a special M aerodynamic package, which can be identified by features including extremely 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 Performance Automobile 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. The car now delivers 326 hp, up 6 horsepower from the previous model while the average fuel consumption is 8.0 liter/100 km.
In addition to the model-specific M Sport suspension and 18-inch double-spoke M light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey with mixed tares, 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.
Specially developed high-grip tires (225/40R18 format for the front wheels, 245/35 R18 at the rear) are also available on the new 2015 BMW M135i.
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.
The new 2015 BMW M135i goes on sale this March, but it’s still not coming to the U.S.