Caradvice of Australia reviews the BMW M135i against a group of small sports sedans and hatchback – the Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Volkswagen Golf R.
Who comes out on top? They call the M135i an “obvious winner.”
Here is the first M135i owners meet by 1ADDICTS members, taking place in Hong Kong. The group gathered to share in their common ownership and to see various options and colors in person.
The cars here represented 4 of the 6 colors available on the M135i in Hong Kong (only black and silver were missing).
Making its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show is this M135i F21 hatchback, by Swiss tuner, Sportec.
Sportec’s tuning program offers two stages. The first stage includes software tuning only, which upgrades the M135i’s N55 power output to 355 hp (from the factory 315 hp). The second stage includes the software upgrades from Stage 1, plus downpipes and new exhaust system (with titanium tail pipes), which combine to give the M135i 370 hp.
At 370 hp, Sportec claims that the M135i’s 0-62 mph (0-100 kmh) time … CONTINUED
Fun M135i video feature by Autogespot, with some nice production quality and hoonage, showing off the first petrol M Performance Automobile’s acceleration, drifting, and control.
The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2013 World Car Awards winners’ press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The 2013 World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.
The top three finalists in all award categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013.
A jury of sixty-six (66) distinguished international … CONTINUED
BMW received some jeers over the implementation of “Active Sound” technology in the F10 M5, where the car reproduces and boosts and the car’s engine sound electronically via the in-car audio system.
And the same technology may now be in use in the M135i (and possibly other models as well). The M135i actually sounds great inside the passenger cabin, but a BIMMERPOST site member recently conducted a test on his M135i by unplugging the sound symposer device, which led to the loss of … CONTINUED
Auto Express UK track tests the new BMW M135i versus the Subaru WRX STI 340R. Here’s how they compare on paper.
3 liter inline 6 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 5.1 seconds (manual), 4.9 seconds (automatic)
Weight: 3174 lbs
Subaru WRX STI 340R:
2.5 liter 4 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Weight: 3249 lbs
We recently reported on the M135i recording a 8:05 bridge to gantry Nurburgring lap, but Sport Auto has now released its official time in the M135i for a full lap on the Nurburgring.
Sport Auto has piloted the M135i around the Ring in 8:18. The test car was RWD and equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission.
Here’s how this time compares to other notable cars with similar lap times:
7:48 – BMW M3 GTS
7:50 – BMW M3 CSL
8:05 – BMW E92 M3 (2007)
8:09 – Audi RS4 (2006)
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It’s shootout time again at CAR and they’ve got their hands on some hot hatches. In this preview video, they pit the BMW M135i against the Focus ST, Golf GTI, 35 Astra OPC and Renaultsport Megane 265 RB7 in a 1/4 mile drag race.
No surprise here, the M135i destroys the rest of the field at 13.16, followed by the Megane at 14.28. Chris Harris comes in last, no doubt due to the car he was racing in
Check out the full shootout results and action in … CONTINUED
BMW presents: The fastest Christmas Song in the World: Send your own Christmas greetings on http://www.fastestchristmassong.ch and watch the making-of on http://pinterest.com/bmwswitzerland
Driving in the M135i by BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk
Watch new BMW M135i (F20) lapping the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 8 minutes and 5 seconds from bridge to gantry. Far from a perfect lap, still nice time.
Bone stock, not a press car. Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires, 6 speed manual, driver: Pavel Janda.
Our latest prototype spotting is a surprise… and it isn’t. It appears that BMW is already updating the F20/F21 1 Series hatchback’s front end look, much earlier than the usual LCI facelift schedule.
That BMW is updating a model’s look only 1-2 years after introduction is a surprise, but given the negative reactions that the 1 Series’ front end (headlights, in particular) has garnered, perhaps this sighting isn’t so surprising afterall.
Our spy photos clearly show that the front end (and only the front) of the F20/F21 … CONTINUED
Congrats to 1ADDICTS member mammut for being our first member to take delivery of an F20 M Sport. It is a Black Sapphire Metallic 125i. Check out the specs and of obligatory photos inside.
Seen in these photos for the first time is what we believe is the F20 1-series with BMW Performance Aero Kit (front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper) with BMW Performance racing stripes. As with the prior 1-series, the BMW Performance program for the F20 will feature both cosmetic and performance parts, some of which may be revealed at the upcoming Frankfurt IAA show in September.
Which clues indicate that the aero parts underneath the camouflage are BMW Performance parts and not merely M-sport parts?
Foremost, the BMW Performance … CONTINUED
Fresh new video from BMW UK of the F20 1-series in black, which seems to suit the F20 much better than some of the other brighter colors. This particular F20 looks attractive as it makes its way around parts of London.
We havent had some great looks at the F20 M-Sport yet, but the best images of the new car are by far the ones offered up by the BMW Configurator. The configurator will let you setup the F20 in Sport or Urban lines, and now has added M-Sport to the mix. You can also setup the exterior color and the view, and then download a high resolution snapshot of the car. I’ve taken a snapshot of all the colors available on the F20 M-Sport including Estoril … CONTINUED