BMW reveals the M135i Concept
BMW will present the new Concept M135i at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The design study is the latest addition from BMW's M Performance Automobile division and previews the production model that is due to be launched in the third quarter of 2012.
The German auto maker has confirmed it is “powered by a straight six-cylinder engine featuring TwinPower Turbo technology and it generates at least 300 PS which is passed to the rear wheels.” Given what we know about the current BMW engine lineup we can assume that this makes it powered by the 3.0 litre turbo engine found in the 335i model which would give it 306 bhp. Given the 335i manages the 0-62 mph dash in 5.5 seconds the much lighter 1 series should manage it in under 5 seconds.
The Concept M135i boasts a three-door hatchback body-style and is treated to a set of 18-inch M light alloy wheels with a double spoke design. Hiding behind them is the large M sports braking system with blue callipers as found on the M5.
The front bumper is similar to the one found on the M-Sport model but with slightly larger air intakes and lower splitter sides for added aggression and airflow to the more powerful engine. At the rear there is a rear bumper featuring twin exhaust outlets, while the whole car features racing graphics in the traditional BMW M racing colours of red, light blue and dark blue.
BMW will debut the BMW Concept M135i at a special preview evening on the day before the Geneva Motor Show starts, where we expect to hear more news about the production version.
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