The BMW 128 is here! Filling the gap in the menu wants to be a real driving car

The new version of the Series 1 has a two-liter four-cylinder under the hood derived from the top variant of the M135i xDrive. However, only the front wheels are driven.

BMW is expanding the range of the 1 Series with a new model. As the carmaker announced in advance, the newcomers 128 is to fill the gap between the “regular” version of the 120i and the top version M135i xDrive. A competitor with premium characters for Hyundai i30 N or Volkswagen Golf GTI will be launched in November 2020. The name Tourismo Internazionale refers to the former 1800 TI and 2002 TI models from the 1960s or the 323 Compact and the 325 Compact from the 1990s.

The carmaker presents the novelty as a real driving car. Therefore, it may come as a surprise that the only option is an eight-speed automatic with a hydrodynamic converter. However, even before the premiere, the manufacturer himself stated that there would be little interest in the manual. Unlike the top M135i xDrive, however, only the front wheels are driven, resulting in savings of approximately 80 kilograms.

The drive is then provided by a supercharged two-liter four-cylinder directly derived from it in the M135i xDrive. In this case, however, it is tuned to 195 kW and 400 Nm. This force of 128 allows you to accelerate from 0-100 km / h in 6.1 seconds and drive at a top speed of 250 km / h.

The 128 differs from the usual variants by a specifically tuned M chassis with a reduced ground clearance of 10 mm and stiffer springs and shock absorbers. There is also a specially adjusted steering and, above all, a Torsen self-locking differential for better agility and traction. The optional Michelin Pilot Sport 4 sports tires can also help, at no extra charge. Better braking capabilities are provided by the M sports brake system with 360mm discs at the front and 300mm at the rear, respectively.

The BMW 128ti also differs from its siblings in its appearance. It is based on the Model M Sport, but is enlivened by red details. The radiator grille or exterior mirror covers are glossy black. In front of the rear wheels there is an inscription “ti” on the sides. Also specific are the two-color 18-inch wheels, behind which red-painted brake calipers can be drawn.

Red details then also appear inside. Specifically, this color appears on sports seats or contrasting stitching of the steering wheel or fills the door.

BMW 128ti – comparison with the competition
Model BMW 128ti Ford Focus ST Hyundai i30 N Performance Volkswagen Golf GTI
Displacement [cm3] 1998 2261 1998 1984
Cylinders / valves 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4
Greatest performance [kW/min] 195/4750-6500 206/5500 (6000) 206/5200 180/5000-6500
Torque [N.m/min] 400/1750-4500 420/3000-4000(415/3000) 392/1950-4600 370/1600-4300
Transmission 8A 6M (7A) 6M (8DS) 6M (7DS)
Max. speed [km/h] 250 250 (250) 250 ? (250)
Acceleration 0-100 km / h [s] 6,1 5,7 (5,7) 5,9 ? (6,3)
Comb. consumption [l/100 km] 6,1 8,2 (7,9) ? ? (6,5)
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