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In this video review Autoexpress tests the BMW M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it’s going to be a stern rival for the BMW.

The BMW gets a six-cylinder engine, revs to 7000rpm but peak torque is at just 1300rpm, so it has instant power. It does come in manual, but we’ve got the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autoexpress took it around our track in just 1 minute 14 seconds.

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Chris Harris gives us his thoughts on the M135i hatchback versus the Mercedes A45 AMG hatchback. Winner? View inside.

A45 AMG Compared by M135i Owner

07/08/2013 at 5:00 AM
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Review by a BIMMERPOST member comparing his M135i hatchback to the A45 AMG hatchback following a test drive.

BMW M135i Owners Meet in Hong Kong

07/02/2013 at 7:00 AM
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The Hong Kong BMW M135i Owners Group had a gathering over the weekend which saw a great turnout — 10 x M135i, 4 x 328i (F30), 1 x GTR, 1 x E36, 1 x Evo and 2 x M135i that met up later.

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Autocar’s hot hatch shootout featuring the BMW M135i, Mercedes A45 AMG and the VW GTI.

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BMW has released an M Performance Power Kit for the F20 125i with N20B20 engine.

It increases the factory 218 hp / 310 Nm to 238 hp / 350 Nm and of course retains the factory warranty.

This extra power drops the 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) acceleration from 6.4 to 5.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h.

It’s price at 899-999 euro /

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To say that the BMW F20/F21 1 Series front end styling is polarizing would be an understatement. Initial reaction to the BMW 2 Series front styling, revealed last month in our spy photos, have generally been more favorable.

All of which begs the question – how would the F20/F21 look with all or some of the 2 Series’ front end styling? And might the renders below preview what the F20/F21 LCI facelift may resemble?

Renders by BIMMERPOST members junmax, Dazzler and ts61gogo.

Welt 4.0 Meet at the BMW Welt

05/21/2013 at 4:30 PM
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Enjoy a mega gallery from the Welt 4.0 friends reUnited meet at the BMW Welt.

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The M135i hatchback will soon receive a sibling in the BMW lineup by way of the M235i coupe. They will share the same heart – the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine making approximately 315-320hp, as well as the same transmission and other mechanicals. On paper, the two should achieve similar performance numbers, with a slight edge potentially going to the M235i coupe.

As for exterior differences, it’s clear from these comparison photos. Besides the clear form factor difference (coupe versus hatchback), the M235i gets an overall … CONTINUED

M135i Owners Tour North Wales

05/12/2013 at 6:53 PM
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From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:

From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:

With increasing numbers of the M-Lite on the road, and ever more people taking delivery it seemed that is was time to put together a meet with the aim of getting a few together in the same place to act geeky, compare cars, options, mpg figures and so on (as well as have a bit of a drive).

So organised primarily by TMP, and some collaborative route planning we took on the welsh valleys … CONTINUED

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AC Schnitzer tunes the M135i hatchback to 360 HP. The extra power drops the 0-100kmh (0-62mph) time from 4.9 seconds to 4.7 seconds and the 80-180kmh time from 12.9 seconds to 10.8 seconds.

Here’s a video demo.

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The F20 / F21 M135i hatchback recently edged out the Porsche Boxster to garner Top Gear Magazine’s Sports Car of the Year award.

See how the M135i accomplishes that inside.