Rumour mill: BMW M135i Concept to be made?
Last week saw BMW announce a three-door, 3.0-litre twin-turbo 1 Series concept.
Mooted to be the latest in the M Performance line of wasabi'd hot Beemers, Autoweek is reporting that not only is it on its way, but it'll come in two flavours.Autoweek has revealed that the latest model in the M Performance sub brand will be heading to production in both RWD and xDrive 4WD forms. This is a good thing for two reasons: 1) We can't have xDrive cars in the UK (because we're unloved, clearly) so the more-fun-anyway RWD option does appeal rather and 2) We'll have a proper replacement for the 1 Series M Coupé.
It's also expected to be capable of acceleration similar to its predecessor – 0-62mph should take less than five seconds and its top speed will be limited to 155mph.
With the hardcore M Division working behind the scenes you know the M135i will be a keen handler, especially thanks to the extensive suspension tweaks they've made to the car.
We'll learn more at next month's Geneva Motor Show.