• Feb 26, 2012
BMW hasn't announced it yet, but sources familiar with BMW's production plans have told Autoblog that the M135i concept, which will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, will go into production.

The 1 Series hatch with M Performance modifications and a gas-powered, turbocharged inline six will send 300+ horsepower to its 18-inch wheels in either rear-wheel drive or xDrive configurations. According to Autoweek it will perform much like the 1M Coupe, getting from standstill to 62 mph in under five seconds.

Continental Europe will get it for sure, but markets like the UK won't since xDrive isn't yet compatible with right-hand-drive. The UK market has been told that only the X models will have all-wheel drive until the next-gen 5 Series arrives. We're probably out in the cold as well, but we'll know more in Geneva.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        and that is WITH the m-package, which still makes it look much better
      ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
      • 2 Years Ago
      The M brand is getting diluted to hell.
      cjv998
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks BMW may be going overboard with the performance trim levels? So there's obviously the M cars (1M, M3, M5, M6, X5/X6 M). Then a few years ago BMW revived the "is" badging with the 335 and Z4. Now we have the M550, M135, etc (not to mention the "Sport Line" on the new 3, which just seems like the old Sports package with some extra goodies). So, has BMW replaced the "is" badge with these new pseudo-M models? Or does this just replace the outgoing 135's "M Sport" pack? Otherwise, I'm really struggling to see the difference. It sounds like this will even get the same 330hp engine from the old "is" cars. Come on BMW, pick a nomenclature and stick with it - you don't need to revive -every- performance badge from your past. You're just going to confuse the customers. Seriously though, here's a summary of BMW's current "sporty" trim levels, from what I can tell: normal/non-Sport (everything) Sport Package (1 series, old 3 series, 5 series, Z4, X6) Sport Line (new 3 series) "is" (old 3 series, Z4) M Sport Package (1 series, old 3 series, 5 series, 6 series, 7 series, Z4, X3) M550, etc. M3, M5, etc. I'm assuming this confusion will be cleared up in a year or two once BMW has refreshed and re-aligned its current lineup. But in the mean time, this is ridiculous - I see seven "grades" of sportiness, some of which I'm pretty sure can be combined with each other.
      transam
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least the mags are decent...
        narcszm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transam
        "Mags?" That is so awesome that you refer to them as "mags." For those of you who attended high school after 1986, he's talking about the wheels. :-]
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @narcszm
          If he owns a trans am, he's most likely stuck in the 80's.
      Bhatch514
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not call these M performance cars just a package, like the ZSP was for the E46 330i. OR at worst a 135is
      STIguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally a worthy replacement to my sti hatch, I will be one the first to order this if it comes to the us
      thenewrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      This sounds like a completely badass car. I've been waiting for a turbocharged AWD 3 door hatch and heck I'd prolly have BMW make it over any other company. I'm just hoping it comes to the US with AWD and is under 60k.
      genelamont
      • 2 Years Ago
      xDrive. Sounds stupid. Dude, you got xDrive on that? Yeah, I got ed too.
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the worst looking BMW's ever, Just not sure where the designers where going with this one, huge ugly front lights, boring rear lights.. just plain ugly. Honestly can say the worst BMW ever.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Like I said to you in another article... Just because you've changed around your favorite cars, doesn't mean you're not Fried_Troll. You post in the exact same manner as you did while under those names. You post false information about cars while not proving ANY proof whatsoever to your claims, INCLUDING the STI running circles around this, when there hasn't been one review on it BECAUSE IT DOESN'T EXIST ON THE MARKET YET. I can keep going if you want.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Really? It'd beat the Cobalt around that track in current specs? http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/virginia_international_raceway.html Cobalt SS Turbo - 3:13.00 2010 WRX STI - 3:13.80 8 tenths of a second is a pretty large margin. Only 2 tenths from being a full second faster. Oh and if you wanna argue that it's a 2010. The 2010 and 2011 STIs are 1 in the same. Same power and same weight. I'm sure if it can beat the 305hp version of the WRX, then it can beat the 261hp version of the WRX. It's called common sense. How is the slower, less powerful version going to be faster than the faster, more powerful version? You know what hurts even more... The Cobalt is a full second faster than what you claimed to own under your other names, the Lexus IS-F lol.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'd take a BMW over a tarted up ricer. Sorry. There are plenty of cars that are cheap and are more ga-fast, but not all are as poised and composed as a Bimmer.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zoom
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        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        Fat Kid IS Gua, as in Phillip Gua The Fat as in Phillip Astervenes. That is a given. The rest is a bit of an assumption. And we all know German cars dont give you the most horsepower per dollar, but I can guarantee you not everyone fancies traditional Subaru AWD understeer along with a riced out exterior and cheap low grade interior. If this is anything like the much loved 1M, it wont be overpriced at $45k. Pity about the styling, though.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'm beginning to think that you're actually starting to believe all of your lies...
      Spartan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Long live the Z3 //M hatch. Looks a lot better than this monstrosity.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow...would so drive this...and enjoy it...closest i can afford is a used outback turbo though....and we all know how those handle...
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