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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.
The BMW M135i is undoubtedly making its way to production form for the European market soon. The M135i Concept gave us a look at the performance variant of the 1-Series hatchback, and it appears that the German automaker has taken it out to the ‘Ring for testing.
The M135i is expected to launch late this year in Europe packing a turbocharged 3.0L, straight-six with more than 300-hp. And if the M135i is anything like the 1M Coupe that America got, it should be a huge hit considering how quickly the order books closed on one of our favorite sports coupes ever tested.
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Though it hasn’t been made official by the German automaker themselves, it is widely believed that the BMW M135i Concept which is debuting at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show, will be heading to production.
The M135i Concept will head to Geneva with an inline-six powerplant featuring BMW’s “M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology”. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be twin-turbo, but we’re expecting it to be making around 335-hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. BMW has only promised that it’ll sport over 300-hp.
According to an inside source, the M135i will head to production and will have an optional xDrive configuration. The majority of Europe will definitely be getting it, and we’ll hold our breath on whether or not it’ll make its way to America. It’s really not a huge surprise to hear that the M135i will make its way to production, but this is as close to confirmation as we are going to get for now.
GALLERY: BMW M135i
With all of the BMW 1M Coupe models spoken for, perhaps this will suffice? Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks time, the M135i Concept is a look at a possible performance version of the 1 Series hatchback offered in Europe.
Set to make its debut at the very show where BMW will officially announce its M Performance line of models, the M135i is powered by an inline-six featuring “M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology”. Officially BMW will only say it makes more than 300 hp, although if it’s anything like the 1M, expect 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Putting the power to the ground are big 18-inch light weight alloy wheels, while an M sports braking system is used to shed speed. In a release, BMW says, “the surface design in the area of the rear side panels helps above all to emphasise the powerfully flared wheel arches.” It does not, however, appear as though the fenders are flared beyond the factory amount – muck like how they are in the 1M.
Additional styling cues, like a new rear bumper, help make the M135i look even wider from the rear, while an aggressive new front bumper uses large air intakes to help feed air to cool the engine.
Along with the exterior white paint and BMW M coloring, the concept cars also gains Ferric Grey mirror caps and BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line window surrounds.
Official confirmation of the M135i heading to production is likely, with BMW hinting strong in a press release that this concept is a look at first six-cylinder gasoline powered M Performance vehicle. BMW does say that with the three diesel M Performance models already introduced, and boasting “the world’s most high-performing six-cylinder diesel engine,” that the gas models will “assume a similar unique position.”