Given the 1-Series’ transition to a front-wheel drive platform, it is unlikely that a new BMW 1M will be launched. However, the new M135i xDrive fitted with M Performance Parts is almost as good as we’d expect an 1M to look.
The car, put on display during the ongoing press launch for the new 1-Series, looks exceptionally aggressive and has been adorned with heaps of new parts.
Up front, it is the gloss black kidney grille of the hot hatch which make sit immediately stand out. We’re still not sold on this new-age of oversized kidney grilles, but they do look a little better when blacked out. Adding to the aggressive front fascia are subtle canards on either side of the bumper and a protruding front splitter.
The sides also stand out thanks to the presence of distinctive alloys in black and silver. There are also forged carbon fiber wing mirrors, an eye-catching livery, and custom side skirts. Rounding out the exterior design of this particular example are a forged carbon fiber rear diffuser and a large wing protruding off from the roof.
Powering the M135i is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out 302 HP . As the new 1-Series is no longer rear-wheel drive, the M135i won’t be the tail-happy monster its predecessor was. However, the AWD does promise to provide it with superb handling abilities and allow it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in an impressive 4.8 seconds.