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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.
I quick run down of what's available from the BMW M accessories catalogue for your 1 series. Thanks for watching, @joeachilles
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I get my hands on BMW's latest "Hot Hatch" offering, the 128ti. Thanks for watching as always! @joeachilles
Join me and fellow Youtuber Petrol Ped comparing BMW latest M135i to Mini's Clubman JCW, two very similar recipes, two very different results! Cheers, @joeachilles
The third-generation (that’s F40 to us BMW geeks) 1 Series got a whole load of flack when it first appeared. That was partly down to its chunky proportions, but what really riled fans was the move from a rear-wheel drive layout to a front-driven format. So why did BMW shake-up the 1 Series formula?
This is the new BMW 1 Series
Function display:BMW 1 Series M135i xDrive Hatchback