So, with an officially confirmed list price of $68,400 we think it will only be the M135i’s cumbersome looks that will prevent it from being an overwhelming sales success when it lands down under in October.
Although, BMW Australia boss, Phil Horton, says he’s already sold quite a few: “Since being unveiled the M135i has drawn huge interest both here and overseas and eager Australian customers have already snapped up almost a quarter of our first production allocation.”
Looks aside, who can blame those who have already expressed an interest to buy? The M135i gets pulses racing thanks to its N55-based turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six engine. With 235kW, the M135i has only 15kW less than the now iconic 1 Series M Coupé, yet matches its 450Nm of torque. Coupled to an 8-speed auto transmission, it’s enough to equal the 1M’s 4.9 second 0–100km/h time.
While an official spec sheet is yet to be published by BMW Australia their press release below states the M135i will come with the following standard equipment (and more):
- 18″ M Double Spoke alloy wheels (225/40R18 front and 245/35R18 rear tyres)
- M Sport Brake System (four-pot up front, two-pots at the rear)
- M aerodynamics exterior body package
- M leather steering wheel
- Sports Seats with Dakota leather upholstery
- Bi-Xenon headlights
- Extended connectivity of Bluetooth devices including voice control
Hmm, are you about to put in a call to your local BMW dealer too?
Compact Performance Has A New Name – The BMW M135i
- New 1 Series range topper
- First BMW M Performance Automobile to feature a petrol engine
- October arrivals confirmed for Australia
BMW Australia today announced pricing and specification for the latest addition to the BMW M Performance Automobile range, the eagerly anticipated M135i 5-door hatch.
The new range-topping variant in the BMW 1 Series line-up will arrive in Australian showrooms in October with a starting price of $68,400.
BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton said the M135i is a car for true performance enthusiasts and would turn the hot hatch segment “on its head”.
“Since being unveiled the M135i has drawn huge interest both here and overseas and eager Australian customers have already snapped up almost a quarter of our first production allocation,” said Mr Horton.
The BMW M135i is the latest in the M Performance range and is powered by a straight six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, which is known for its spontaneous high revving performance, plus a level of efficiency that is unrivalled in this performance class.
The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing. This 3.0-litre engine delivers a maximum power output of 235 kW at 5 800 rpm. This impressive power results from the maximum torque of 450 Nm that is available between 1,250 and 5,000 rpm.
In standard 6-speed manual transmission form, the BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0L /100 km, and the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams per kilometre. However, equip the car with the optional 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission and the figures become even more impressive with the sprint to 100 km/h taking just 4.9 seconds with the fuel consumption and emissions reducing to 7.5L/100 km and 175 g/km respectively.
The unique power train for this BMW M Performance car also features a customised cooling system and M performance control dry sump lubrication for the six-speed manual transmission.
The BMW M135i enables maximum agility combined with unparalleled precision by way of the M-specific suspension tuning. Thanks to the individual control of the suspension and damping systems as well as the specific elasto-kinematics of the front axle, the BMW M Performance vehicle boasts particularly sporty driving characteristics. In addition, its Variable Sport Steering system enhances those dynamic characteristics to the fullest.
The BMW M Performance vehicle is also fitted with the M Sport Brake System as standard, incorporating four-piston fixed calipers on the front axle and two-piston fixed calipers at the rear, all in dark blue metallic paint bearing the distinctive M logo.
The model specific 18-inch M Double Spoke alloy wheels on the BMW M135i are fitted with high performance tyres, specifically designed for this model. The 225/40 R18 front and 245/35 R18 rear tyres guarantee the optimum traction to support the dynamic driving capabilities of this car.
Visually the M135i is treated with the M Sport package features such as a full M aerodynamics exterior body package, anthracite individual roof liner, door sills with M designation, Dakota leather upholstery on the standard Sports Seats, M leather steering wheel and high gloss shadowline.
Additional standard features of this model include such highlights as Bi-Xenon headlights, Interior lights package, extended connectivity of bluetooth devices including voice control and the HiFi Loudspeaker system.
“Combining M character and performance with everyday useability gives our BMW M Performance vehicles their own unique place in the market,” said Mr Horton.
Australian pricing* from July Production.
- BMW M135i – $68,400
*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries