BMW 1-Series will receive a new packageSeptember 16, 2020
BMW publishes first photos and information on the new 1-Series variant, which is marketed as the 128ti and sits a step below the M135i xDrive.
With the exception of the 1M coupe, there never was a full M version of the BMW 1-Series, although it was a coupe and not a regular five-door hatchback. BMW has another version of the current third generation M Performance 1-Series: the M135i xDrive. As reported, the all-wheel drive 306-horsepower variant from November this year will receive a new version of the 128ti.
BMW is showing a couple of photos of a test sample 128ti with camouflage decals, which were shot at and in the vicinity of the Nürburgring. The 128ti subtopper should do without the addition of the xDrive name, which of course indicates that the new variant will simply get front-wheel drive.
The 128ti has a 265-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood, which could be a derivative of the 306-horsepower 2.0-liter M135i xDrive. This power sent to the front wheels is a little easier to control than the top-end 306 horsepower. With 265 hp The 128ti sprints to 100 km / h in 6.1 seconds. Shifting is carried out using the well-known 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, which distributes the forces between the front wheels via a Tosen differential lock.
The 128ti isn’t just a 1-Series with a modified four-cylinder engine. As promised by BMW, the chassis and steering are specially adapted to the 128ti’s sportier character. Thanks to the M Sport suspension, the car is one centimeter closer to the tarmac. Special M Sport brakes should stop it quickly.
The car from Bavaria has virtually no direct competitor of German origin. A-Class from Mercedes-Benz A250 with 224 hp engine can’t compete with 128ti. Audi also has no alternative in the A3 lineup. However, only the 280-horsepower Ford Focus ST can be considered a competitor to the 128ti.
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