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BMW M135i Concept heading for the Geneva Motor Show

Fri, 24 Feb 2012

The BMW M135i Concept is heading for Geneva

BMW are taking the first petrol-engined car in its new M Performance range to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show – the BMW M135i Concept.

It looks like BMW are going to be rolling out their new sub-M range of cars across the entire BMW range. We’ve already had the big diesel bruisers of the new M Performance Range – the M550d, X5 M50d and X6 M50d – revealed ahead of Geneva – and news of the M Performance Parts for the 1 Series. Now we get the next M Performance model heading for Geneva in the guise of the BMW M135i Concept.

Apart from a new M Performance car, the M1356i also previews the so far unseen 3-door version of the 2012 BMW 1 Series, and if you take away the butch bits this is pretty much what we’ll get in the door-challenged 1-Series when it arrives.

But the point of the M1351 Concept is really what lies under the bonnet, and the butch bits on the body. That means BMW’s Twin Power Turbo with ‘more than 300hp’ (BMW are being a bit vague), an M Sports braking system and 18″ M alloys. The front bumper grows and gets bigger air inlets, rear apron with a couple of dark chrome tail pipes sticking out, high gloss shadowline trim round the windows and mirror caps in Ferric Grey.

So, a new M Performance Concept and a preview of the 3-door 1 Series all wrapped up in the BMW M135i Concept. But what else has BMW in store for Geneva?

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By Cars UK