A front-wheel drive BMW may be seen as sacrilege but the 128ti is a hot hatch that'll giver the Mk8 Golf GTI and Hyundai i30 N something to worry about.
Let's cover the numbers: 261bhp from the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the M135i. Power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox (no manual here sadly) and it'll crack 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds. You also get bigger brakes, stiffer suspension and optional red highlights around the bumpers and skirts. The best part of all: the price. The 128ti comes in at just under £34,000, making it slightly cheaper than the equivalent DCT-equipped Golf GTI...
Front wheel drive hot hatches are nothing new, but this is the first time you’ll find a BMW performance car that’s driven by the front wheels. It sits below the all-wheel drive M135i and, at just under £34,000, is in the perfect position to give the Golf GTI a run for its money. Here’s our video preview ahead of our full review going live in the coming weeks.
Join me and fellow Youtuber Petrol Ped comparing BMW latest M135i to Mini's Clubman JCW, two very similar recipes, two very different results!
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