If the new 1 Series has not satisfied all propeller brand purists, the 128 ti version could perhaps reconcile some with its supercharged engine and sportier look.
After a taste last month, BMW officially returns with the Ti badge. First used in the 1960s for the TI 1800, these two letters were later applied to the 2000 TI and the 2002 TI. After that, the letters TI changed to lowercase to come up with them on the newer 323ti Compact and 325ti Compact from the 1990s. Unlike its predecessors, the new 128ti sends its power to the front wheels. It borrows some of these elements from the M135i xDrive, the flagship of the 1 Series.
The automatic gearbox, firmer anti-roll bars and anti-roll bar mounts, M Sport brakes and most importantly, a deflated version of the same 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, these are the elements that are borrowed from the sportier version of the 1 Series. However, more all-wheel drive.
Still not for purists
The block of this bomb develops 262 horsepower and 400 Nm of maximum torque. That's enough to allow this small German compact to shoot down from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km / h. Purists will be disappointed to learn that the BMW 128ti is offered exclusively with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport gearbox without the possibility of opting for a manual gearbox.
There is another subject on which "behemists" are unlikely to be playful: noise! The M135i version had already disappointed Propeller aficionados on this point, but the 128 ti shouldn't do much better. Not much but a little better, since the sound of this latest addition to the Series 1 has a system capable of producing a more sporty sound.
In terms of style, the 128 ti benefits from a multitude of elements which aim to make it more aggressive and sporty. From its black grille with red accents inside and out to 18-inch alloy wheels exclusive to the 128ti, it is decidedly sportier. A set of 19-inch wheels is available as an option only. The new 128ti will be available in Europe from next month and is expected to cost just over 41,500 euros, in Germany anyway.