At that moment, opting for a front-wheel-drive configuration on the latest 1 Series (launched in 2019) caused a bit of a stir, but now that the world and BMW themselves have come to terms with the change, the family is growing with the addition of yet another model.
Named 128ti, between the 120i and M135i xDrive, the latest 1 Series model is meant to the slot, becoming the closest thing to an M car without actually being one. And it will sell from November, with prices beginning at EUR 41,574 in Germany’s home market (around US$ 48,900 equivalent).
Its engine and mechanical improvements make the 128ti sit so close to the top of the 1 Series range. The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo powerplant is a version of the one used in the xDrive M135i. It produces 265 hp in this application and is connected to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission-a combination right enough in 6.1 seconds for a sprint from a standstill to 100 kph (62 mph).
For what BMW defines as “highly engaging driving pleasure,” there are a few other improvements to enhance the car’s handling. These include fitting the tuned M Sport suspension that reduces the vehicle by 10 mm and, among others, a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Some of the goodies fitted on the range-topper have found their way into the 128ti, including the more robust high-preload anti-roll bars and anti-roll bar mounts. But, 80 kg (176 pounds) lighter than the M135i xDrive is the latest arrival.
Centered on the M Sport model, the latest model, right to the legacy of the Turismo Internazionale models BMW has been producing intermittently since the 1960s, will have a different appearance in the range. Specific covers, trims, paint, and interior colors are available, and so on.
In the press release section below, you may look at all the information about the vehicle.