If BMW isn't willing to give us an authentic M-ified 1 Series, we'll have to settle for the next best thing, and that's the M135i, the latest performance package from the marque's motorsport division.

Based off the three-door F20 variant of the Euro-only 1 Series, the M135i isn't quite the 1er/M3 lovechild of the dearly beloved 1 Series M Coupe, but it's still packing BMW's tried-and-true-and-tunable turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, putting out more than 300 horsepower presumably through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Beefed-up brakes, tweaked suspension bits and 18-inch M-branded wheels are fitted at each corner, while restyled front and rear fascias round out the rest of the exterior mods.

We've heard through the grapevine that the M135i has already been approved for production, both in rear-wheel-drive and xDrive trim for Europe (except the UK), but considering the F20 still hasn't come Stateside, don't expect the M135i to make the trek... yet.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I REALLY want this hideous beast.
      Josh Wardell
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many times can I beg BMW to bring this over? I like the new 1 best in this 3 door configuration. They say 1s are only bought by enthusiasts in the US (no doubt because they are unadvertised, so only enthusiasts know about them), but enthusiasts are those who love hot hatches the most...make it happen!
      • 3 Years Ago
      aside from that hideous droopy face ... that's one proper hot hatch .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, it's the car I actually want to spend my money on but CAN'T! Well done BMW.
      Jon Wilson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been wishing for a 135d XDrive hatchback for a few years and this is one step closer to that. Looks aside (I'm a function over form guy) it would be the perfect car in my opinion: fast, all weather, good passenger/cargo capacity, and frugal. For now I'll stick with my Golf TDI which hits 2 out of 4 of those categories.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a friend who would be in a BMW dealership *today* to put in a deposit if they announced this for the US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lord knows I've tried, but I just can't get over those headlights.
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      I may not want any of them, but Audi is so far ahead of BMW and Mercedes on styling that it's ridiculous. I love the idea of this car - and I'm technically in the target market, but man is that front end dweeby.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The more I see this, the more trouble I have believing this thing is real. While I don't consider myself a fan of BMW (Sorry!), I do generally think their cars look good... Except for this. WHAT were they thinking!? It's just sad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW needs to fix the tail laps, they remind me of the 2012 Subaru Impreza. The front lamps could also use the 2012 BMW slimming treatment
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