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The Return Of The M Coupe!

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On: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 11:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The Return Of The M Coupe!

After what seems like months of rumors, BMW has finally decided to officially announce the return of one of the hottest hatches around -- the M Coupe, dubbed the M135i in this new iteration. Call it whatever you like, the next Coupe will certainly be a stormer. We last saw the shooting brake Bimmer in 2008 in the form of the less-than-exciting Z4 variant, but the 2013 version has thankfully turned up the heat since its last appearance. The M135i looks more like a hot rod VW Golf than roller-skate look of the previous version. Whether that is good or bad, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but obviously BMW approves.

The drivetrain is borrowed almost exactly from the 1 Series M. The main difference is that the hatchback uses the newer N55 twin-scroll single turbo inline six while the 1 Series M seems to be sticking with the older and slightly more potent N54 twin-turbo variant. The M135i produces a healthy 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, while drivers will get a choice between either a traditional six-speed manual or eight-speed auto transmission. Officially the M135i will run to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, but we expect that number to drop a few tenths once these cars start running around on the street and a few people other than the factory start testing them out.

The M135i will be replete with all of the amenities BMW owners are accustomed to -- parking assist, rear collision alert, lane departure alert, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control, as well as four driving modes to choose from: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.

Now, there is a bit of bad news associated with the 135i -- you can't have it. Well, not if you live in the States. Yeah, sorry. At least not yet anyway. The debut and official entry into the market just refers to the European market. America, it seems, is not going to be where the M135i will see its first bit of road. But here's the thing -- that only applies for the 2013 model year. After that, if demand is sufficient, we fully expect to see the BMW hatch on our shores. We are not so sure about other models that BMW is rolling out in hatch form like the M135i xDrive or the five-door hatch, but anything is possible and we're fine with it as long as we get the M version first.


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