The new BMW M135i xDrive is bound to give its rivals a run for their money. Fitted with the most powerful 2-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine the BMW Group put into a production car, the new hot hatch is here to challenge them for a seat at the table. Looking at the specs, you’ll find just part of the story. However, the video below shows you just how fast this car is in real life.
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Under the hood we have a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged mill good for 306 PS and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. That power is sent to the wheels through an 8-speed Aisin gearbox and the xDrive all-wheel drive system. This allows the BMW M135i xDrive to launch without too much hassle or wheelspin and go up to eye-watering speeds in no time. BMW claims the car will do 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 4.8 seconds and go up to a top speed that has been limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The video from AutoTopNL shows the car on an unrestricted Autobahn section and, according to their measurements, it seems to be a bit faster than BMW’s claims. The 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint takes 4.68 seconds in the first run, while the second run shows a time of 4.84 seconds and a bit of wheelspin when changing from 1st to second. Nevertheless, the sprint to 250 km/h (155 mph) is rather impressive.
Reaching 200 km/h (124 mph) takes under 20 seconds (19.17 seconds to be more precise) while reaching max velocity takes almost 40 seconds (39,86 seconds), showing just how much harder it is for cars to keep accelerating over certain benchmark speeds.
Overall, these are not bad numbers but I’m more interested to see how the new car handles curves more than straight lines and can’t wait to drive it.