The 3-Series isn’t the only car in the BMW range to get a new body type today – BMW also announced the new 3-door body for the 1-Series hatchback, including the hot blue car you see above – the new M135i, the four model in the BMW Performance Automobiles range, which previously only included the M550xd, the X5 M50d and the X6 M50d.
Under the hood is a twin turbocharged 3.0 litre six cylinder turbo engine, making 320 horsepower. This is the N55 though, not the tuned up version of the N54 that was installed in the 1 M Coupe – that car is a different class altogether and a true M car, while the M135i is an M Performance car.
The M135i gets bespoke looks as compared to the rest of the 1-Series range, and like the previously launched BMW M Performance cars, in place of fog lamps, you get air inlets decorated with a signature horizontal slat in metallic Ferric Grey. It’s available with either an 8-speed auto or a 6-speed dry sump manual.
The specs seem a little less exciting though as compared to the 50d 5-er, X5 and X6 trio – those cars introduced a powerful new tri-turbo diesel engine, but a 320 horsepower and 450Nm tune of the N55 is nothing we’ve never seen before. It does have M-specific suspension tuning, and is delivered with a fixed caliper four piston M Sport Brake System with oversized discs.