The new 2015 BMW M135i is being driven this week in Lisbon, Portugal, by journalists from around the world. The top model of the 1 Series family, the M135i, made its world debut earlier this month at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and goes on sale in a couple of weeks.
Painted in the Valencia Orange color, the BMW M135i comes with a special M aerodynamic package, which can be identified by features including extremely large outer air intakes in the front apron. These occupy the space normally reserved for foglamps on all other new BMW 1 Series models. A new chrome trim is now part of the air intake giving the car a more rough and sporty look.
The exterior mirror caps are in the typical BMW M Performance Automobile paint finish Ferric Grey. The rear apron of the BMW M135i comes with a distinctively styled diffuser in a Dark Shadow metallic paint finish and surrounds for the exhaust system’s twin tailpipes.
Sporting black chrome tailpipe embellishers and delivering a resonant soundtrack, the exhaust system of the BMW M135i hints both visually and acoustically at the power developed by the six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet.
The car now delivers 326 hp, up 6 horsepower from the previous model, and 450 Nm of torque between 1300-4500 rpm. The average fuel consumption is 8.0 liter/100 km.
The rear-wheel drive variant accelerates in 5.1 seconds with manual transmission from 0 to 100 km / h and with the eight-speed Sports automatic, the same exercise is done two tenths of a second faster.
The 2015 BMW M135i xDrive all-wheel drive requires 4.7 seconds for the standard sprint.
The prices for the BMW M135i facelift start at 41,900 euros for the manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, the five-door costs 750 euros more. The BMW M135i xDrive is available only in combination with eight-speed automatic and will cost at least 46,050 euros.
Unfortunately, the M135i, or any other 1 Series models, are not being offered in the U.S.
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