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  • New 1 Series range topper
  • First BMW M Performance Automobile to feature a petrol engine
  • October arrivals confirmed for Australia

BMW Australia today announced pricing and specification for the latest addition to the BMW M Performance Automobile range, the eagerly anticipated M135i 5-door hatch.

The new range-topping variant in the BMW 1 Series line-up will arrive in Australian showrooms in October with a starting price of $68,400.

BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton said the M135i is a car for true performance enthusiasts and would turn the hot hatch segment “on its head”.

“Since being unveiled the M135i has drawn huge interest both here and overseas and eager Australian customers have already snapped up almost a quarter of our first production allocation,” said Mr Horton.

The BMW M135i is the latest in the M Performance range and is powered by a straight six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, which is known for its spontaneous high revving performance, plus a level of efficiency that is unrivalled in this performance class.

The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing. This 3.0-litre engine delivers a maximum power output of 235 kW at 5 800 rpm. This impressive power results from the maximum torque of 450 Nm that is available between 1,250 and 5,000 rpm.

In standard 6-speed manual transmission form, the BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0L /100 km, and the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams per kilometre. However, equip the car with the optional 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission and the figures become even more impressive with the sprint to 100 km/h taking just 4.9 seconds with the fuel consumption and emissions reducing to 7.5L/100 km and 175 g/km respectively.

The unique power train for this BMW M Performance car also features a cust