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BMW M135i xDrive, sport powerhouse

Edward Green |
BMW has honed the track inspired characteristics of its high performance model for the premium compact segment.

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Detail upgrades to its chassis components endow the BMW M135i xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 7.8 to 7.3 l/100 km [36.2 to 38.7 mpg imp] as per WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 177 to 167 g/km as per WLTP) with noticeably enhanced performance qualities. And the retuned drive soundtrack in the cabin makes the driving experience even more emotionally engaging. The standout power of the 225 kW/306 hp BMW TwinPower Turbo technology under the bonnet of the BMW M135i xDrive is harnessed more effectively than ever to produce the captivating dynamics and driving experience for which BMW is renowned.

The camber values for the front wheels of the BMW M135i xDrive have been increased to optimise absorption of lateral forces when powering through corners. A new hydromount has additionally been used to attach the front suspension wishbones, while the mounts for the trailing and control arms at the rear axle have also been redesigned. At the same time, the spring and damping systems have undergone recalibration. The result is a significant improvement in roll behaviour in corners, which has a further beneficial effect on steering feel when the car’s sporting abilities are put to the test.

A new selection of particularly striking paint finishes has been introduced to accompany the performance enhancements and underscore the individual character of the BMW M135i xDrive. BMW Individual paint finishes and special customer requests can also now be incorporated into the manufacturing process at BMW Group Plant Leipzig, where the compact model is built. The special colours require additional servicing and technical support work, with an increased number of manual processes.

The BMW Individual paint finishes bring even greater visual impact to the high-performance model’s modern design language and bespoke styling features. New additions to the range of exterior colours for the BMW M135i xDrive include the M paint shade Sao Paulo Yellow non metallic, as well as the Frozen Orange metallic and Frozen Pure Grey finishes. To cater for this, an existing paint shop was modified and the number of employees working there increased by ten.


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