BMW has introduced a special version of the M135i xDrive hatchback called Street Racer to the Japanese market. This “one” is distinguished by the decor and components from the M Performance catalog, as well as a circulation of only 40 pieces. In addition, the cars are offered exclusively in Alpine White and are sold online through the local BMW Online Store.
The current BMW 1 Series is built on the FAAR front-wheel drive architecture and is offered in eight versions in Japan. The M135i xDrive modification is, of course, the most expensive. This hatchback is equipped with a 2.0 turbo engine from the X2 M35i with a return of 306 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque; eight-band machine with launch control; mechanical Torsen differential; and four-wheel drive. The M135i accelerates to “hundreds” in 4.8 seconds (4.7 with the M Performance package), although the predecessor with the M140i nameplate was faster – 4.4 seconds.
The Street Racer version is technically the same as the basic five-door, but flaunts a wealth of equipment and components from the M Performance catalog. So, the limited M135i xDrive received M Sport sports seats, electronically controlled shock absorbers, M seat belts, 554M wheels with a diameter of 18 inches, as well as a front spoiler, splitter, side skirts and an M Performance rear spoiler. The hatchback is only available in Alpine White and costs 6,960,000 yen, or $ 63,300. That’s 550,000 yen ($ 5,000) more than asking for a regular BMW M135i xDrive.
At the same time, the front-wheel drive BMW 128ti, which occupies a niche between 120i and M135i xDrive, is not sold in Japan. Under the hood of such a car – a two-liter “turbo four”, developing 265 horsepower (400 Nm) and paired with an eight-band “automatic” Steptronic Sport. Turismo Internazionale also has an M Sport suspension, a Torsen mechanical limited slip differential, retuned steering and M Sport brakes.