The new BMW 1 Series has just been launched on the market, but its top model – the BMW M135i xDrive – is already getting an interesting upgrade. According to a press release issued today, customers will be able to lend the BMW M135i xDrive even greater visual impact by opting for the new M Performance package.
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Available from November 2019, its special 18‑inch M light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design and the deletion of the storage package reduce vehicle weight by around ten kilograms. This results in a 0.1-second improvement in the car’s 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time, to 4.7 seconds.
Furthermore, the new M Performance package for the BMW 135i xDrive brings exterior mirror caps and exhaust tailpipes in a Black painted finish and a mesh-design BMW kidney grille in High-gloss Black with a surround painted in the same color.
Using the front-wheel drive architecture from BMW, the new hot hatch is still sending power to all four wheels, but this time, from a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine. This engine is the BMW Group’s most powerful four-cylinder engine, extracting 225 kW (306 hp) between 5,000 and 6,250 rpm and has a peak torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) 1,750 rpm and stays there up to 4,500 rpm.
The flagship model has a top speed limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
In Europe, the BMW M135i xDrive is available only with an automatic gearbox, starting at 48,900 Euros.