The third generation of BMW’s 1 Series was launched in 2019, with the chassis name F40. For the performance range topping F40, BMW revived the ‘M135i’ moniker, which had not made an appearance on the back of a Baby BMW since its predecessor, the F20 M135i.
Sporting BMW’s B48 2 litre, 4-cylinder engine with Twin Power Turbo technology, as seen in the MINI, the B48 produces 306hp and a thumping 332lb ft of torque. These punchy figures fire the M135i from 0-62MPH in just 4.8 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.
To ensure the M135i can achieve these performance figures even in the worst weather, BMW have equipped the new M135i with their xDrive, All-Wheel Drive system. The system distributes up to 50% of the power between the front and rear axles. The xDrive system is teamed exclusively with an 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddles, this is no bad thing however, as the gearshifts are cut down to mere fractions of a second.
In a road test with automotive magazine 'Top Gear’, journalists noted how the BMW M135i’s standard exhaust note is ‘synthetic, speaker-derived fake news.’
Sheffield-based Performance Exhaust manufacturer: Cobra Sport is aiming to rectify this in the form of a range of all new stainless steel exhaust products for the upmarket hot hatch. Cobra is in the development stage of creating all new GPF-Back, Cat-Back, and even Turbo-Back Performance Exhaust systems.
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