The Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3 are already on the market, Mercedes-AMG is preparing an improved A35, and BMW is responding with a few changes to its compact powerful hatchback.

The Series 1 has unfortunately not yet undergone full M treatment, but the closest to it is certainly the M135i xDrive which comes with a series of mechanical improvements three years after the appearance of the “original” model.

It should be emphasized that this is not a redesign, ie Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) in BMW's vocabulary, but a subtle evolution of the most powerful version of the Series 1. Recalibrated springs and shock absorbers improve the car's behavior on the road, especially in corners. Engineers also adjusted the rear and control levers on the rear axle, and the front axle got a new hydraulic carrier. The slope is increased in order to better absorb the forces created by passing through the curves.

The M135i xDrive retained a limited-slip mechanical differential integrated into an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the same remained the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine, which develops 302hp and 450Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four 18-inch wheels, and a 19-inch set is optionally available.

BMW has changed the artificial sound of the engine that is emitted into the cabin via speakers. However, enthusiasts do not want it at all.

The Bavarian company now offers Individual colors for the standard Series 1, so it makes sense that the M135i xDrive also benefited by expanding the palette. In the photos, the car is painted in Sao Paulo yellow, and others are available, such as Frozen Pure gray and Frozen orange.

 

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