The performance potential of the BMW M135i is reflected in its individual exterior and interior design features, which are integral parts of the series equipment in this BMW M Performance automobile. The body details are typical of a car designed to handle the aerodynamic requirements associated with dynamic, high-performance driving situations – it is such details that convey the unique M style and flair. The front apron is typical of M styling that reflects the car's firm and responsive road handling, with the large air intake vents needed to meet the cooling demands of a high-performance straight six-cylinder engine, auxiliary units and oversized brakes. The competitive character of the car can also be seen in the three-dimensional flaps on the outer air vents, a detail inspired by automobile racing. These air inlets take up the space reserved for the fog lights in the other versions of the three-door BMW 1 Series. They are separated by horizontal struts in Ferric Grey metallic – a design detail that distinguishes BMW M Performance cars.
In addition to the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line and the exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey, the specially contoured side skirts and 18-inch M light alloy double-spoke wheels with mixed tyres intensify the side profile of the BMW M135i. The rear apron, the lower portion of which is finished in Dark Shadow metallic, also encloses the dual exhaust pipes.
Furthermore, the door sill finishers with aluminium inserts that feature “M135i” lettering match an interior design that expresses the joy of sheer driving pleasure. The interior details include exclusive cloth Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and blue accent stitching, the BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, interior trim in Aluminium Hexagon with matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black accent lines, gear selector and handbrake with leather gaiters, M driver footrest, speedometer and rev counter with red chronoscales. The colour of the interior lighting is variable, and the car key features blue detailing.
Engines: the straight six-cylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo for the BMW M135i tops the engine line.
This power plant enhances the wide selection of engines available for the new compact three-door BMW 1 Series. At the same time, it is an essential component of a portfolio that positions BMW M Performance automobiles at the top of the performance segment. The BMW M135i is powered by a straight six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, which is known for its spontaneous performance and high revving, plus a level of efficiency that is remarkable 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/320 hp at 5 800 rpm. This impressive power results from the maximum torque of 450 Nm that is available between 1 300 and 4 500 rpm.
The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – the top limit permitted by the vehicle's electronic speed control system. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0 litres (7.5 litres)/100 km, and the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams (175 grams) per kilometre. The exclusive power train for the compact BMW M Performance car also features a customised cooling system, M performance control and engine sound tuning, plus a newly developed six-speed manual transmission with dry sump lubrication. A dynamic eight-speed automatic sports transmission with gearshift paddles integrated in the steering wheel is available as an option.
The BMW M135i: maximum agility combined with unparalleled precision thanks to M-specific suspension tuning.
Model-specific suspension technology allows the BMW M135i to exploit the performance of its uncommonly powerful engine, allowing the driver to experience remarkably self-assured, exhilarating driving dynamics. 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 is able to indulge the driver with a set of particularly sporty driving characteristics. In addition, its Variable Sports Steering system determines its own set of characteristics. The harmonious interaction of engine, suspension and aerodynamic balance rewards with a fascinatingly agile driving experience, under the precise control of the driver at all times.
The BMW M Performance vehicle is delivered with a fixed calliper M Sport Brake System with four-piston units on the front axle and two-piston units at the rear as standard equipment. The system is fitted with oversized brake discs and dark blue metallic callipers bearing the M logo. The M Sport Brake System is also available on all of the other models in the new BMW 1 Series three-door range, in combination with the optional M Sport Package.
The standard 18-inch M light alloy wheels on the BMW M 135i are fitted with tyres of differing sizes: 225/40 R18 on the front axle and 245/35 R18 on the back. The high grip tyres, designed specifically for this model, guarantee that both the acceleration torque and the braking torque are optimally transmitted to the road surface. The BMW 125i and the BMW 125d are equipped with 17-inch light alloy wheels, all other models are fitted with 16-inch wheels. Alternatively, a wide range of optional light alloy wheels is available in diameters of 16, 17 and 18 inches.
DSC Driving Stability Control with additional features, optimised weight and comprehensive passenger protection. The standard Dynamic Stability Control system DSC includes the anti-lock braking system (ABS), the Dynamic Traction Control system (DTC), the Cornering Brake Control system (CBC) and the Dynamic Brake Control system (DBC). These capabilities are now complemented by additional features such as the Brake Assistant, Fading Compensation, Dry Braking functionality and a Hill Start Assistant.
In DTC mode, the response thresholds of the driving stability control system are automatically set at a higher level. This makes pulling away on loose sand or in deep snow far easier. In addition, controlled slippage on the drive wheels gives the vehicle the ability to dynamically oversteer when negotiating bends. When DSC mode is off, the Active Differential Brake (ADB-Sport) on the rear axle is activated. To optimise traction during acceleration in tight bends, a carefully calculated braking force is applied to any drive wheel which the system detects as slipping, to enable the remaining drive wheel on the axle to continue to power the vehicle forwards.
The principle of intelligent lightweight design, upon which the construction of the body is based, greatly enhances both the agility of the vehicle and the safety of its passengers. The targeted use of high-strength and ultra-high tensile grades of steel increases the torsional stiffness of the body, as well as the strength of the passenger safety cell, at an optimised weight. With large, generously dimensioned deformation zones and precisely calculated load paths, the considerable forces which are generated in a collision are absorbed and directed away from the passenger compartment. Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, side airbags integrated into the seat backs, head airbags for both the front and the rear seats, three-point automatic seatbelts fitted to all seats, belt force limiters and belt tensioners for the front, and ISOFIX child seat mountings in the rear.
The standard Driving Experience Control button located on the centre console allows the driver to select an individual level of tuning for the vehicle. In addition to the engine characteristics and the Driving Stability Control system DSC, the characteristics of the optional Servotronic system and the shift program as well as the shift dynamics of the optional automatic transmission can also be finely tuned. Complementing the COMFORT and SPORT modes, the ECO PRO mode is also available as standard. The SPORT + mode is also available, in conjunction with the eight-speed automatic sports transmission, the Variable Sports Steering or the BMW Sport Line. In vehicles equipped with the Professional navigation system, the sport indicators on the control display keep the driver abreast of current engine performance and torque levels.
In the compact segment, the selection of optional driver assistance systems and mobility services provided by BMW ConnectedDrive for the new BMW 1 Series three-door models is unmatched. Intelligent networking, which effectively links the driver, the vehicle and the outside world, optimises the level of comfort, safety and enhances the vehicle's infotainment capabilities. The range of systems available includes the High-Beam Assistant, Adaptive Headlights, the Parking Assistant, a rear-view camera, Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning, cruise control with brake activation and Speed Limit Info with No Passing Indicator.
BMW's innovative technologies have seamlessly integrated Apple's iPhone into the vehicle's systems along with a number of other smartphones and music players; access to Internet-based services is available to all devices. Unrestricted Internet access is at the disposal of the BMW driver and his passengers via the vehicle's optional embedded onboard SIM card. With the Apps option, anyone with an iPhone can access Web radio stations and view Facebook and Twitter posts on the on-board monitor. Real-Time Traffic Information, another new feature, provides the driver with refreshingly accurate traffic information and rerouting recommendations.
As an exceptionally sporty example of a compact premium vehicle, the BMW 1 Series three-door car sets new standards in pioneering technology, driving pleasure, quality and spirited, expressive design. The calibre of this first-class vehicle is reflected in the generous range of standard equipment and the extensive selection of attractive options available. The new three-door BMW 1 Series comes equipped with remote central locking, adjustable seat heights for both the driver and the passenger, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, electric windows, the BMW Business radio, which includes a CD player, six speakers, an AUX port, and of course air conditioning. A climate control unit providing 2-zone control, electrically adjustable and heated seats, a multifunctional steering wheel, auto-dimming wing mirrors and rear-view mirror, fog lights, an electrically operated glass sunroof and a detachable tow bar are available as options. As long as the wireless key is in the vehicle, the engine of the new BMW 1 Series can be activated at the touch of the start/stop button. The optional Comfort Access system automatically locks and unlocks the vehicle.
The navigation system Business and the navigation system Professional both have an internal memory. The navigation data stored in this memory can be updated via a USB interface using an update function. In addition, the hard disc storage of the navigation system Professional offers a storage capacity of 12 GB for the personal music collection. A DVD changing system, a digital audio broadcasting (DAB) receiver and a Harman Kardon hi-fi system consisting of a 360 Watt digital amplifier and 12 speakers ensure that entertainment to suit every taste is always available.