BMW M135i XDrive is Too Hot of a Hatch for America

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

BMW revealed its newest three-door M135i back in May, and catching it live at the 2012 Paris Motor Show reminds us how America will miss out on yet another hot hatchback.

Powered by a 3.0-liter, straight-six with M TwinPower Turbo technology, the M135i xDrive packs 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and can also be had in a more practical five-door configuration. The all-wheel drive allows the M135i to accelerate to 62-mph in 4.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than its rear-wheel drive counterpart. The xDrive variant is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Unfortunately it’s another vehicle we’ll just have to admire from a distance as the German automaker has no plans of bringing it to America.

GALLERY: BMW M135i xDrive

View’s 2012 Paris Motor Show coverage

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

More by Jason Siu

Join the conversation