According to a recent story on the blog of Autos, BMW is officially ready to release a 320-horsepower 135 out into the world. It’s called the M135i, and it gets its forward motivation courtesy of a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that’s saddled with all the caps-lock infused acronyms and tech BMW can throw at it. Europe is getting the hatchback version in both three and five-door hatchback flavors, but it seems we will have to “settle” for the coupe variety here in the States.
From the get-go, we’ve always had an eye on the progress of the 1 Series. Memories of the so-ugly-it’s-beautiful clownshoe still dance in our heads, and we’ve been hoping for something similar ever since the 1 Series came to be here in the U.S. of A. Both the 128 and 135 variants offered up something intriguing for those hoons who enjoy German precision and a lightweight dance partner. Still, neither car was that exciting.
Soon, however, BMW stepped up to the performance plate and delivered the 1M coupe. This whirling dervish of tire destruction produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Its I6 motor is helped along by a pair of turbos, and the entire package screams along towards a 7,000 rpm redline. Those shopping for the M3 were forced to keep an eye on their rear-view mirrors, should any 1M owners sniff them out, and stick a pair of kidney grilles right up their asses.
Now BMW is getting ready to plop the M135i upon us, and it seems the 1 Series line offers up a nice variety of choices for those looking for the ultimate driving experience in a smaller (and more affordable) package. Sure, Europe actually have even more choices when it comes to 1 Series shopping, but the U.S-bound lineup is pretty exciting.
Now, if we could just get BMW to toss us a set of keys to prove our theory…
[Source: Autoblog | Image: Courtesy of BMW]