Geneva 2012: BMW Concept M135i 1 photo
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The concept version of the M135i has been unveiled in Geneva today as a three-door version of the new 1-Series with very high performance ambitions. While it’s clear that it packs a 3.0-liter straight six engine under the bonnet, the car built as an M Performance model still has a lot to hide, like the possibility it will come with xDrive as an option or the its exact output.
What we do know is that the M135i comes with M sports braking system and sits on 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design. The front is festooned with an M chin with large air intakes. At the back the diffuser-look bumper is very well sculpted and make room for a couple of wide exhaust tips with a dark chrome tint.

Conspiracy theorists say the car will only have the 306 horsepower output the 335i gets, and not the 20 extra you can get with a performance pack. Still, it should be enough for a standard sprint in about 5.5 seconds.

Still, you get the feeling BMW isn’t giving this car all they could because they want to sell you yet another one with more power, or they don’t want it to become faster than bigger cars.
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