BMW unveils the new 128ti in its entirety, a sporty front-wheel drive version of the 1 Series, and takes the opportunity to reveal its price.
A few days ago, BMW unveiled a sporty front-wheel drive version of the 1 Series. Its name: the 128ti. Positioned between the 178 hp 120i and the 306 hp M135i xDrive (all-wheel drive) in the manufacturer's range, the car was presented dressed in a very light camouflage. Today, here it is now bare.
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The 128ti sees red
The opportunity to discover its specific design. Based on the M Sport finish, the compact indeed gains a note of red synonymous with sportiness at the level of the vents of the front bumper and on the side sills. This color can turn black with the body colors "Melbourne Red" and "Misano Blue". A "ti" badge is also invited near the rear wheels.
On board, the touch of red is found on the stitching, the "ti" badge embroidered on the central armrest, the door panels and the dashboard. The central part of the M steering wheel is also adorned with these red stitching.
265 hp, 20 more than the new Golf GTI
Under the hood, this 128ti uses the engine of the M135i, namely a 4-cylinder 2L turbo whose power has however been lowered to 265 hp, or 41 hp less than the M135i but 20 hp more than the new Volkswagen Golf GTI . Associated with an eight-speed Sport gearbox, this unit allows the BM to go from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.1 seconds and to display a top speed electronically limited to 250 km / h.
Still on the technical side, the German manufacturer announces a specially adapted DirectDrive suspension (lowered by 10 millimeters), a Torsen-type mechanical limited-slip differential and tailor-made M Sport steering. The 128ti uses the firmer anti-roll bars and specific supports of the BMW M135i xDrive while being around 80 kg lighter than the latter. An M Sport braking system with red brake calipers and two-tone 18-inch light alloy rims are also on the program.
From 46.550 €
At the end of this complete presentation, BMW announces the price of its new 128ti. On the French market, it is therefore necessary to count at least … 46,550 €. That's € 6,400 less than the M135i xDrive and € 3,340 more than the Golf 8 GTI. The commercial launch will take place in November 2020.