BMW 128 ti, a sports car going forward – Le Figaro

NEW – Popularized in the 1960s, the suffix “Ti” reappeared on the last front-wheel drive 1 Series.

- BMW 128 ti, a sports car going forward - Le Figaro
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A black grille, gills in the front fascia and the side sills painted in red, red brake calipers and a sport chassis lowered by 10 mm, 18-inch light alloy rims, a cabin with a strong red dominant: the last Series 1 dresses in sportswear. For the occasion, BMW resurrected the suffix "Ti" introduced on the sedan 1800 in the early 1960s and popularized with the famous 2002 Ti and Tii in the early 1970s. Called 128 ti, the latest addition to the 1 Series range is inserted between the 120i and the M135i xDrive. With the period no longer in the bidding in terms of displacement and number of cylinders, it's a deflated version of the 4-cylinder 2-liter turbo petrol of the M135i xDrive that breathes under the front hood. From 306 hp, the power drops to 265 hp. Unlike the early Ti's which forged the brand's reputation, the cavalry is no longer transmitted to the rear wheels.

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Now the driver will have to grapple with the influx of full torque and power into the front end. This is not the case with the M135i xDrive, which relies on all-wheel drive to pass the 306 hp on the road. BMW ensures that the traction and handling efficiency of the 128 Ti will be preserved thanks to the DirectDrive chassis lowered by 10 mm, the mechanical Torsen-type limited-slip differential and traditional electronic crutches. While it shares its anti-roll bars and mounts with its big sister, the 128 Ti is distinguished by stiffer shock springs. About 80 kilograms lighter, the 128 Ti can easily claim the title of the sportiest Series 1. Its standard equipment includes an 8-speed automatic transmission. Marketed from November at a price of 46,550 euros, the 128 Ti paves the way for a future Tisa lightened and muscular version.

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