He BMW 128ti joins the Series 1 range to occupy a very special place in the range of versions. It is the new sporty alternative to the German hatchback – without falling into the radical M135i xDrive-, with authentic high performance preparations and a very defined personality. Something like the BMW GTI.
The acronym “ti” stands for a lot at BMW. Mean “International Tourism” They were first used in 1963 with the BMW 1800 TI, although their peak came with the 2002 BMW TI, a coupe in which Hans-Joachim Stuck and Clemens Schickentanz would win the first edition of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring in 1970.
He BMW 128ti revive the last name with a more outgoing identity. You get the same sports kit as the M135i xDrive, but decorate the running boards and air intakes and outlets with red accents. The initials ti are placed on the side of the vehicle, but can be removed to suit the driver. Standard 18 “aluminum wheels are exclusively designed for this version.
He interior receives the “ti” treatment through red contrasting steering wheel and seat stitching, as well as embroidered emblem on the M armrest and seat belts. Optionally available with M Sport seats with black or red leather upholstery. Among the options are also head-up display, BMW Operating System 7.0 infotainment with two 10.25 “screens and gesture control.
The most important thing about this version of the BMW 1 Series is when talking about its dynamics. Borrow various items from the M135i xDrive, like the same Torsen limited-slip differential for the front axle, with a lock factor of 31% when accelerating and 26% when decelerating, significantly improving agility when cornering. It also shares the stabilizer bars for increased stiffness.
The suspension was lowered 10 mm compared to a Series 1 conventional and receives firmer shock absorbers to reduce body movement. The steering, for its part, was also revised by the M Sport division to achieve a more precise feel and increase the sporty sensations.
The engine responsible for driving the BMW 128ti is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, capable of generating 265 hp y 295 lb-pie, associated with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and a front-wheel drive system. According to BMW, reaching 100 km / h takes only 6.1 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h.
BMW does not specify when sales of this new version will begin, although everything indicates that Europe will receive it before the end of the year. With the 128i, the German firm fills the huge gap between the 140-hp 118i and the 306-hp M135i. You will likely see it in Mexico during 2021.
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The news The BMW 128ti is the new 1 Series GTI: sporty flavor, historical value and 265 hp was originally published in Motorpasión Mexico by Gerardo Garcia .