The BMW M135i concept was teasing us at the Geneva Motor Show, as BMW would not confirm if it was going to become a production car. Now, we know it will be put into production, and we caught the hot hatch in our spy photos out testing on the Nurburgring in Germany.
The BMW M135i will get its power from an I-6 turbocharged engine that will make roughly 330 hp and 370 lb.-ft. of torque. An optional all wheel drive setup will also be offered on the M135i, and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. The car may also have a diesel option as well, following in the footsteps of the X5 M50d, and the X6 M50d.
18-Inch light alloy wheels and BMW M performance brakes will be standard on the car, as well as the M style package which adds a new aggressive front bumper with large air intakes and bigger flares on the fenders.
The M135i will take the fight directly to the little A25 AMG, but BMW says we won’t be getting the M135i in the States. Hopefully Mercedes decision to bring the new A-class, and presumably the A25 AMG to America will spur BMW to bring its little hot hatch across the ocean as well.
Seeing as the 1M coupe has ended production, it looks like the M135i would be perfect to fill the void, although surely BMW is worried that a sports performance hatchback will not sell in the USA.
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