Remember the rumors of BMW working on a hot 1 Series hatch just below the 1 Series M? The evidence trail was so faint that we called it "the most speculative sort of specualtion" when we posted on it six months ago. The trail and the car just got a lot hotter now that the very three-door hatch in question, the M135i, has been spotted burning serious gas around the Nürburgring.

Juice will come from BMW's N55 inline-six cylinder with somewhere around 320 horsepower, and we're told there will in fact be an all-wheel-drive version to follow. This will put BMW at ground zero of the small luxury hot hatch battle alongside the 350-horsepower Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG and 340-horsepower Audi RS3. That gives us one more thing to remember: even if the Benz comes in at 340 hp there'll be 1,000 horsepower between just these three cars in a segment best known for frugal luxury, which means the good old days in this segment are still on the way.


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      wanderlust
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear BMW, your 1 series is way too tall, Its headlights are droopy, the mirrors are not the same color as the body. Your loyal follower and BMW owner.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks TERRIBLE! Whoever designed it from the start must have been friends with the designer of the TL.... Except worse.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd still take the RS3. I just can't get over how damn good that 5-pot sounds.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rocketmoose
        I think the BMW inline six is better sounding. Also smoother and helps make the car unique.
          88
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          The six sounding better than the 5? The legendary 2.5 beast that sounds like an animal. Who are you kidding? BMW is toilet water going down the tubes.
      whatever
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone please explain the difference between this and the 1-Series M. It has 15 less hp?! Da fuq?
        MattMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whatever
        This is more of a 135i+ where the 1series M coupe was an M3lite.
      Julle85
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL..Audi RS3 doesnt compete with M135i, 1 M Coupe does.
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julle85
        Yes. 135i and M135i is just like 335i and 335is. Also 335is is gonna be renamed to M335i
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kill it with fire!
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      this face is just sad
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Jason Sieben
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the coupe, but this is disappointing. Looks too mucnh like a Golf from the side/rear. Was hoping to see a more rounded back side like the older BMW Z-series coupes.
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Front end is too dorky looking. I'd consider it if BMW did one of their stronger more refined front ends which they've done so well in the past.
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