Among the major casualties of this generation we’re going to count the fantastic 1 Series M Coupe, but also its smaller, rather less glamorous brother.
I’m talking about the BMW 135i, a model plenty would refer to as the closest thing the Bavarians came to making an M version of the little hatchback before they actually made one.
The new range of F20 BMW 1 Series comes with a few engine options under the bonnet and while they’re all modern, efficient and decently powerful, they’re not as fan as a big one.
Using BMW’s infamous 3.0 liter straights six, in turbocharged N55 form, tweaking it and then slotting it under the F20’s bonnet seems like quite the attractive package.
Apparently, that’s what rumor has it is actually going round. Not only is BMW presumably making a new version of the 135i, there are even some suggested specs available.
Around 320 horsepower are expected to turn up in this special 1 Series and there’s even the possibility of it introducing all wheel drive to the hatchback for the first time ever.
Sounds pretty good, except I don’t think it will happen like this. My prediction is that in this case, if the BMW 135i has 320 ponies, an M packaged version should come with an extra 10 or 20 horsepower.
It would be quite the problem as it would develop as much as the current generation of the 1 Series M. Maybe the hottest version of the rumored 135i will have 320 horsepower and the regular one around 300. It would make more sense.