German car maker BMW has released their first M Performance automobile featuring a petrol engine. The BMW M135i has a 3.0 liter, straight six-cylinder engine producing 320hp as well as M-suspension components and aerodynamically optimized body features. The official release follows the Concept M135i shown at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 in March.
The BMW M135i will also be available as a five-door version. One non-metallic and five metallic colours are available for the M135i model. The standard interior features Satin Silver trim and upholstery in Move cloth design. Optional interior trims and seats upholstered in Dakota leather (offered in two different BMW colors) are also available.
The straight six-cylinder petrol engine uses a twin scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection system high precision injection, variable valve control Valvetronic and Double Vanos. The maximum performance 320hp at 5,800rpm and 450Nm between 1,300 – 4,500rpm. Acceleration from zero to 100km/h is done in 5.1 seconds for the six-speed manual version and 4.9 for the eight-speed automatic sports transmission with gearshift paddles integrated in the steering wheel. The top speed is a limited 250km/h.
The front apron has large air intake vents for the engine, auxiliary units and oversized brakes. In addition to the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line and the exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey, you get specially contoured side skirts and 18-inch M light alloy double-spoke wheels. The rear apron, the lower portion of which is finished in Dark Shadow metallic, encloses the dual exhaust pipes.
The door sills have aluminium inserts that feature M135i lettering. 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.
The M135i hatchback will be available only to European customers. The Coupe will head to the States at a later stage.