BMW introduced the new F40 series 1 in May, and for those who have not yet reached the speed, the biggest change with the new model is the adoption of a front wheel platform instead of a rear-wheel drive, such as the second-generation F20.
Apart from this big change that has purists before getting all developed, 1er also gets a complete redesign for its appearance and interior. Fortunately, we were able to get closer to the model during the #NextGen demonstration this year in Munich, so that's a tour of the new 1 Series in its lineup M135i xDrive and 118d M Sport.
The adoption of the FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur) platform results in changes in the size of the vehicle, since the 1er is now 5 mm shorter than the F20's 4.319 mm. Additionally, the width is now 1799 mm (+34 mm), the height now measures 1.434 mm (+13 mm), while the wheelbase was reduced from 20 mm to 2.670 mm.
Externally, you'll find a larger, interconnected bottom grille at the front and refined light boxes on the body, which looks smaller than before. The interior has also been transformed to be more upmarket, boasting familiar BMW technologies like the Living Cockpit and other cues of the project.
The option of burning oil is packed with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder power plant that develops 150 PS (147 hp) and 350 Nm, but it's a more exciting M135i xDrive. The M Performance version receives a 2.0-liter turbo-charged gasoline engine that develops 306 hp. (302 hp) and 450 Nm, in conjunction with the eight-speed automatic Steptronic Sport and the all-wheel drive BMW xDrive.
The spectacle-wise, the variant will take only 4.8 seconds to complete zero to 100 km / h, with an electronic limited speed of 250 km / h. The obvious rival here is the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic, which, by contrast, takes 4.7 seconds to complete the same sprint century. 35 uses a 2.0-liter turbo four-pot with 306 PS (302 hp) and 400 Nm, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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GALLERY: F40 BMW M135i xDrive