BMW 1-Series gets the 'M' treatment - sort of

WorldCarFans has spy photos of the much-anticipated new BMW 135ti, a turbocharged six-cylinder version of the European market hatchback. Just don't call it an M1.

Seen testing over a year ago at the Nurburgring, the hot 1-Series has been eagerly awaited by BMW fans looking for a less-expensive hot rod than the M3.

With horsepower from the turbo-six rumored to be anywhere from 306 hp to 330 hp, BMW's pocket rocket should have no trouble dealing with its competition, which includes the VW Golf R32, Ford Focus ST and Audi A3 3.2 V6 Quattro. The company already produces a race-only version of the 1-Series (the 120d), so perhaps a 135 racecar is in the not-to-distant future?

Apparently 'M1' badging was out of the question - BMW didn't want to dilute the image of the '70s M1 supercar.

[Source: WorldCarFans]

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