While we've already reported that BMW's M135i concept from Geneva is headed for production, this footage all but confirms it. Britain's Car magazine has over a minute of video showing a rather sporting 1 Series three-door testing at the Nürburgring.

Of course, this latest bit of news only re-fires the speculation-ometer for us North American BMW lovers. We've yet to see a 1 Series hatchback of any sort for sale on our shores, and whether the new F20 hatch is headed our way is entirely up in the air. Outside of the bizarre 5 Series GT, BMW has been reticent to sell a hatch here since the E36 318ti, which has been out of production for a solid decade now.

While we loved the 1 Series M Coupe, now that its one-and-done model year is over, it would be dandy if BMW would throw us a bone and ship the M135i here. With rumors of all-wheel-drive availability and 300-plus horsepower coming from BMW's TwinTurbo, three-liter inline-six, it looks to be one heck of a car.

Go ahead and see for yourself by scrolling down for the video.


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      Mr. Meaner
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing is growing on me. If they price it right, it might be replacing my GTI...
      dogbolter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it looks cool. With the A3 hatchback dead the only real competition it will have is the new Merc A class. I think with gas prices only going one way, high performance and fuel economy is starting to outweigh size in the American psychy.
        1STH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dogbolter
        the 1-series hatchback is not coming to the US....the A3 hatchback is still on sale in 2013, and may still be available here in the next generation.
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      A modern RWD 3 door hatch? SELL IT TO ME.
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeezaloo, that is one ugly car.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      AWD?! Hell no! Either RWD or No-WD!!!
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        No wheel drive? Are we talking jet thrust propulsion, hover technology, or the good old 2 feet drive, Flintstones style?
      4540flossy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like being an ugly car more like... Is it too much to ask for BMW to make a car which both drives well and looks good?
      Erik Landerholm
      • 2 Years Ago
      NO! Kill it with fire before it breeds!!!1
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please bring this over to the US, BMW! It would make for an interesting Evo/STi alternative.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        More like a more powerful competitor to the Golf R, I'd think. The WRX and STI have the stronger track focus, but not the daily driver refinement.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW = Brings Me Women
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok. As much as I hate the F20 1 series for its Down syndrome headlights, the idea of a spacious, practical BMW 1M hatchback with possible AWD is total win. I wonder if it's the tunable, 330+hp, yet HFPF nightmare N54 twin turbo or the N55 single turbo that seems maxed out at only 300hp.
        herbbie5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        they are not maxed out at 300hp 450-490 has been done. They still have fuel pump issues.
      natron3030
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn that Nissan Versa is super fast.
      Benny90
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks and sounds like its hauling arse. I'm supprised that unlike on the regular model, the bug eyes actually don't look quite so rediculous. The large lower side intakes I think helps that out a bit.
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