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We keep on hearing that BMW has every intention of bringing over it's compact 1-series to the States, and we don't think it's too much to ask to have a small, rear-wheel-drive sedan available to enthusiasts. With that in mind, we're going on record as saying that if BMW doesn't bring over this supposed 135ti to the U.S., we'll stage a coup on BMW's North American headquarters.

Mazda Europe may have the MPS version of the Mazda3 (known as the Mazdaspeed3 in North America), with a stout 260+ hp, but leave it to BMW to roll out the King Kong of production hatchbacks - the 135ti. While other high-performance hatchbacks struggle to manage powerful engines in a front-wheel drive package, BMW takes full advantage of its hatchback model's RWD platform by stuffing in a 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder powerplant, putting 306 ponies at the driver's disposal.