BMW 128ti Takes Aim At VW Golf GTI With 262-HP, Front-Drive Hot Hatch
On its way to ‘green hell’: the new compact sports car BMW 128ti completes its final test laps at the Nürburgring.
The exceptionally sporty alternative to the BMW 1 Series with front-wheel drive and mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential is designed for active driving pleasure.
München. In its final test phase, the new compact sports car BMW 128ti (combined fuel consumption: 6.4 – 6.1 l / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 148-139 g / km *) achieved currently undergoing extensive calibration tests on the rolling Eifel roads around the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring and, of course, also directly on the world’s most demanding circuit. Particular emphasis is placed on the dynamic driving characteristics of the new variant of the BMW 1 Series, which has been constantly designed for active driving pleasure. The new model will hit the market in November 2020.
Sports car with a character of its own.
The front-wheel drive BMW 128ti is positioned directly below the top-of-the-range model of the BMW 1 Series, the BMW M135i xDrive (combined fuel consumption: 7.1 – 6.8 l / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 162 – 154 g / km **) and also has its new 2 liter engine. The four-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology under the hood of the BMW 128ti has an output of 195 kW (265 hp), facilitating sporty driving performance such as sprinting from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.1 seconds. However, the new BMW 128ti is much more than a new variant of the BMW 1 Series. In addition to many differentiating exterior and interior features, the suspension and steering assembly has been specially tuned to provide driving dynamics. extremely sporty and driver oriented. Therefore, the new exclusively front-wheel-drive sports car is aimed at a particularly young target group with an emphasis on the driving pleasure typical of BMW.
Technical strengths for high precision and direct response.
The new BMW 128ti comes standard with the 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential, providing better front axle traction. It has a specially tuned M sport suspension with 10mm lowering as well as BMW performance control, specially tuned for increased agility. Additionally, the steering has been specifically aligned to the vehicle for precise feedback, providing the driver with direct response. In addition, the BMW 128ti weighs around 80 kilos less than the four-wheel drive BMW M135i xDrive, from which it derives the highly preloaded stabilizer bearing and stabilizers. Sport tires are optionally available to the customer at no additional cost and guarantee even more driving pleasure. The M sport brakes known from the top-of-the-range model guarantee braking characteristics in line with driving performance.