2012 BMW M135i hatch on sale in Australia from $68,400

August 2, 2012

BMW Australia has announced pricing details for the potent little 2012 BMW M135i hatch. The M135i is seen as a hatch version of the wicked BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

The BMW M135i hatch is a high performance version of the flagship variant in the 1 Series range. It features various ‘M’-fettled components to improve overall speed, handling, and driving enjoyment.

Under the bonnet sits a 3.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged inline six engine producing a huge 235kW of power and 450Nm of torque, all sent to the rear wheels of course. These numbers are very impressive in terms of the hot hatch segment.

Acceleration from 0-100km/h can be handled in just 4.9 seconds when equipped with the eight-speed auto, or 5.1 seconds using the standard six-speed manual transmission. Despite the performance BMW has managed to keep overall fuel economy low, with an average rating of 7.5L/100km for the auto (8.0L/100km for the manual).

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Bespoke highlights for the M135i include a full M aerodynamics kits with discreet front and rear spoilers, performance four-piston and twin-piston brakes front and rear, M suspension, and an enhanced interior with various ‘M’ highlights.

The performance model will hit local showrooms in October, with prices starting at $68,400.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.