Positioned directly below the top-of-the-range BMW 1 Series (M135i xDrive) that was launched here recently, the new BMW 128ti, is almost here.
Currently in its final test phase, the new BMW 128ti is undergoing thorough calibration test drives on the hilly roads of the Eifel around the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring and, of course, also directly on the world’s most demanding racetrack.
It is said that the new model will be making its global debut in November 2020.
The front-wheel drive BMW 128ti also features a newly developed 2-litre engine. The four-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology beneath the bonnet of the BMW 128ti has a power output of 265 bhp, facilitating sporty driving performance such as the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
The new BMW 128ti comes as standard with the 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential, providing for better traction on the front axle.
It has a specifically tuned M sport suspension including lowering by 10mm as well as BMW Performance Control, which has been specially adapted for increased agility.
In addition to many differentiating exterior and interior features, the entire suspension and steering were specifically tuned to offer extremely sporty and driver-oriented driving dynamics.
Furthermore, the steering has been specifically aligned to the vehicle for precise reactions, providing the driver with direct response.
Moreover, the The BMW 128ti is also about 80 kilos lighter than the four-wheel drive BMW M135i xDrive, from which it takes the highly pre-stressed stabiliser bearing and the stabilisers.