The BMW M 135i ready to be launched
|   Thursday, November 22, 2012
The all new BMW M 135i is hatch is finally here. The vehicle, although sports the M badge, is built at the BMW 1 Series Leipzig production facility and not at the Munich M lineup. The suspension and drive train components present on the vehicle have been described as being special by BMW representatives, being easier to handle and more affordable than the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

Under the bonnet, the vehicle is powered by a 315 BHP, 332 ft lb torque producing engine which delivers optimum power in the middle segment and is cheaper than the BMW 1 Series M Coupe by close to 2000 Pounds.
The chassis however shares similar features with the base models in the 1 Series and BMW has tagged this suspension the M Series suspension. This is not functionally different from the suspension used on the BMW 125i M Sport and a basic Macpherson aluminum strut suspension has been used on the rear and front end.

Optional adaptive dampers are on offer as well and the dynamic power to weight ratio of the vehicle makes the steering better than most 1 Series Coupes. The only difference with standard 1 Series vehicles and the M 135i is the standard rear wheels which are fatter than most other vehicles in the segment. An M badge has been used on the exterior and this is what announces the character of this vehicle at the first glance.

The M 135i has standard three and five door versions on offer and the three door version is cheaper and more practical than its five door counterpart. Standard leather upholstery welcomes a person into the interior and the quality of the parts is standard BMW. The rear seats have a red seat cover and this enhances the appeal of the vehicle, lending it a funky style factor, missing in most Coupes. Interior space is quite high and this is a good sign for both front and rear passengers.

Even with a full tank of fuel the M 135i reached 0 – 60 MPH in less than 4.6 seconds and this was an achievement as the vehicle was tested on track on a wet day and in not very favorable situations. The vehicle can reach speeds from 30 – 70 MPH in third gear itself and this has better handling than the Vauxhall Astra or the Volkswagen Sirocco R. The M 135i should make for a decent buy once the vehicle hits the streets. The M 135i is available with adaptive M Support suspension system apart from the optional automatic transmission system and the vehicle is available with a range of drive train modes.

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are available as standard on the M 135i and this means that the vehicle is super flexible on road. Traction control is on a whole new level and the smooth engine powering the vehicle also helps its cause. Overall, the M 135i is a perfect on road vehicle from BMW.
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