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BMW M135i officially revealed with 235kW

May 15, 2012

Like the insane BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the new BMW M135i hatch is part of BMW M’s growing showroom range. It may even make its way to Australia by the end of this year.

Although not quite as powerful as the 1 M Coupe (250kW), the M135i is powered by a similar 3.0-litre TwinPower straight-six engine producing 235kW of power and 450Nm of torque. The engine can be matched up to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

In terms of acceleration, the automatic version is able to smash 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds while the manual does it in 5.1. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. Despite the excellent performance, average fuel economy is rated at 7.5L/100km (8.1L/100km for the manual).

The new hot hatch will be built in three- and five-door form, however, it’s likely Australia will only get the five-door version. BMW has also said the M135i will be available with the company’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive versions will only be built in left-hand drive however.

Other highlights include a full M bodykit, M sports suspension, four-piston front and two-piston rear performance brakes, 18-inch M alloy wheels, and various M trimmings inside such as an M sports steering wheel.

The BMW M135i is expected to hit the market under the $99,900 price point of the 1 M Coupe, if it does eventually reach Australia later this year that is.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.