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The M140i is dead… long live the M135i!
That may seem like a strange statement to BMW fans given that the M140i was in fact the replacement for the M135i and now that has been reversed, but what you see here isn’t just a name change but an all-new car...and a radical departure for BMW in many ways.
You see out go two of the old car’s main selling points – RWD and a sweet inline six-cylinder engine – replaced by the type of powerplant seen in every hot hatch on sale bar the RS3 now; a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 306bhp and 450Nm of torque.
This is thanks to the new platform forcing a transverse engine layout and it’s this platform which also dictates that this M135i is now AWD using the xDrive system.
Purists should be thankful though, as the rest of the 1-Series range is front-wheel drive. The styling of the new model is in line with the X2 and though the bodysides are a little chunky, on the road it has a really aggressive presence that'll satisfy those wanting a car that is understated yet classy, with a sporting attitude.
The Merc A35 has a new rival – we can’t wait to see them tested against each other! In the meantime, you can win the M135i in the BOTB Midweek Car competition. Get your tickets before the competitions closes on Wednesday night!