The BMW M135i occupies a stand-out position in the new BMW 1-Series model range, one which also underlines its position as the leading sports performer in the premium compact segment. It is fitted as standard with twozone automatic air conditioning and a sliding front armrest, as well as numerous model-specific design and equipment features relating to the powertrain, chassis, aerodynamics and cockpit. Together they form an overall package assembled with typical M precision to deliver an ultra-sporty and emotionally rich driving experience. One piece in the jigsaw is a special version of the M aerodynamic package, which can be identified by features including extremely large outer air intakes in the front apron. These occupy the space normally reserved for foglamps on all other new BMW 1-Series models. The exterior mirror caps are in the typical BMW M Performance Automobile paint finish Ferric Grey. The rear apron of the BMW M135i comes with a distinctively styled diffuser in a Dark Shadow metallic paint finish and surrounds for the exhaust system's twin tailpipes.
Sporting black chrome tailpipe embellishers and delivering a resonant soundtrack, the exhaust system of the BMW M135i hints both visually and acoustically at the power developed by the six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet. In addition to the model-specific M Sport suspension and 18-inch double-spoke M light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey with mixed tyres, the variable sports steering, M Sport braking system and shorter gearshift travel for the standard six-speed manual gearbox have been adapted precisely to the powertrain's performance profile. The aim here is to give the car agile handling characteristics which can also be harnessed extremely deftly when dynamic driving is the order of the day. The specially developed high-grip tyres (225/40 R18 format for the front wheels, 245/35 R18 at the rear) optimise the transfer of acceleration and braking forces to the road.
Among the features helping to bring a sports car feel to the interior of the BMW M135i are door sill plates with "M135i" lettering, an M leather steering wheel, sports seats and interior trim strips with an M-specific design, the M gearshift lever or selector lever gaiter, the fulled leather handbrake lever grip, the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual roof liner, the knee pad in the driver's footwell, the M driver's footrest and the lighting package. "M135i" lettering in the instrument cluster display provides an additional, exclusive accent.
The new BMW M135i is in a league of its own in terms of sporting talent. The increased output of 240 kW/326 hp and peak torque of 450 Newton metres (332 lb-ft) generated by its straight-six engine propel the BMW M Performance Automobile from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.1 (automatic: 4.9) seconds. Average fuel consumption is 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres (35.3 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 188 grams per kilometre (automatic: 7.5 l/100 km [37.7 mpg imp], 175 g/km; figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).
Flexible-use interior, premium options
All the new BMW 1-Series models offer high levels of flexibility in terms of how the interior can be used. The 5-door BMW 1-Series comes with five seats as standard, while the sporting character of the 3-door version is accentuated by the two-seat rear bench with an oddments tray in the centre. A rear seat bench with space for three passengers can also be ordered for this model as a no-cost option. Regardless of the number of doors and seats specified, all new BMW 1-Series models are optionally available with a 40 : 20 : 40 split rear seat backrest. Folding one or more of the sections allows boot capacity to be increased in stages from 360 to 1,200 litres.
The options list for the new BMW 1-Series contains a large number of highquality items designed to meet individual requirements in the areas of comfort, functionality and entertainment. The range includes electrically adjustable and heated seats for the driver and front passenger, two-zone automatic air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, Comfort Access, automatically dimming exterior and rear-view mirrors, an electrically operated glass roof and a trailer coupling with removable hitch ball and increased trailer load of up to 1,500 kilos. Providing an outstanding audio experience while on the road, meanwhile, are a Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receiver and the Online Entertainment option from BMW ConnectedDrive, as well as the Harman Kardon Hi-Fi system, complete with 12 loudspeakers and a digital amplifier with 360-watt output.