BMW Unveils the M135i Concept with Sporty M Styling for a Geneva Auto Show Debut

by Mark Jurista on February 24, 2012, 9:39 am
M135i Concept

BMW continues on teasing the world with more concept cars in their new M Performance collection with the release of the concept M135i. The styling is sporty and blends a lot of the M characteristics into a small 3 door hatch design. The first opportunity for the world to see this beauty is at the Geneva auto show in a couple weeks.

M135i Concept

If you are looking to see what makes this an M Performance car, look no further than the sportier, elongated side profile of the car. The wide doors certainly give this 1 series a much more aggressive design than the 5-door designs in the 1 series line-up. Throw in the straight six-cylinder motor feature M Performance Twin Power Turbo tech and you get more than 300 horsepower to play with.

M135i Concept

We wouldn't suggest holding your breath on seeing one of these in the United States any time soon but it at least gives us a further glimpse into what BMW might have planned for other models headed to the US in the near future.


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27 responses to BMW Unveils the M135i Concept with Sporty M Styling for a Geneva Auto Show Debut

TickTack commented:
February 24, 2012, 10:26 am

Fantastic paint scheme!
Killjoy commented:
February 24, 2012, 1:12 pm

"We wouldn't suggest holding your breath on seeing one of these in the United States any time soon."

Good, it's still just as ugly as all the other new 1'ers.
Chris90 commented:
February 24, 2012, 4:52 pm

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Originally Posted by Killjoy View Post
"We wouldn't suggest holding your breath on seeing one of these in the United States any time soon."

Good, it's still just as ugly as all the other new 1'ers.
It's as ugly as the new 3 series.

Coupe looks a little better maybe, hard to tell. Dunno if this render is accurate.

Bemo commented:
February 25, 2012, 8:27 am

Looks are subjective to everyone but, in my opinion, it doesn't get any uglier than this....
62Lincoln commented:
February 25, 2012, 11:31 am

When do we tell the emperor he has no clothes?
SWISS commented:
February 25, 2012, 6:37 pm

That looks like poo, I sure hope they don;t make another Z4 E85....
sd330Ci commented:
February 25, 2012, 9:38 pm

Is it replacement for E82 1M?
330istrlblue commented:
February 26, 2012, 2:03 pm

Looks like a civic..
Chris90 commented:
February 26, 2012, 4:57 pm

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Originally Posted by sd330Ci View Post
Is it replacement for E82 1M?
no, there is an M2 coming. This is like a 135i ZHP.
sd330Ci commented:
February 26, 2012, 7:08 pm

Hope BMW will fix front end
This one is really ugly duckling...
3ismagic# commented:
February 26, 2012, 8:11 pm

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Originally Posted by Chris90 View Post
It's as ugly as the new 3 series.

Coupe looks a little better maybe, hard to tell. Dunno if this render is accurate.

That coupe looks nice IMHO. A huge improvement over the E82.
3ismagic# commented:
February 26, 2012, 8:12 pm

They should have done the M stripe down the hood. That would have looked better.
3ismagic# commented:
February 26, 2012, 8:14 pm

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Originally Posted by Chris90 View Post
It's as ugly as the new 3 series.

Coupe looks a little better maybe, hard to tell. Dunno if this render is accurate.

Oh and is that Rick Perry in the drivers seat?
Chris90 commented:
February 26, 2012, 8:29 pm

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Originally Posted by sd330Ci View Post
Hope BMW will fix front end
This one is really ugly duckling...
It has to meet European pedestrian crash standards, so they're limited in what they can do.

I think cars like the 911 get a waiver due to low production or something.
hallm16 commented:
February 26, 2012, 9:13 pm

w.o.w.
128guy commented:
February 28, 2012, 6:57 am

I wish we would get this car in the U.S. - 6 speed manual please.
ArtchredTTU commented:
February 28, 2012, 10:38 am

Looks like a Kia, Great job BMW!
Turbo_525 commented:
February 28, 2012, 11:39 am

I for one, would like to see an influx of simpler BMW's. Not nesscicarily styled just like the 1M hatch as seen, but I do like the hatch design for it's versitility. And VW is doing well with the GTI and it's varients. We don't Need 11 airtbags, i-drive, or navigation in a more base-line car. Just something really great to drive. Even if I have to be disagreeable with the style - I say, bring it BMW!
Chris90 commented:
February 28, 2012, 12:52 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Turbo_525 View Post
I for one, would like to see an influx of simpler BMW's. Not nesscicarily styled just like the 1M hatch as seen, but I do like the hatch design for it's versitility. And VW is doing well with the GTI and it's varients. We don't Need 11 airtbags, i-drive, or navigation in a more base-line car. Just something really great to drive. Even if I have to be disagreeable with the style - I say, bring it BMW!
Don't hold your breath.
hotrod2448 commented:
February 28, 2012, 1:00 pm

The bottoms of the headlights sweeping up like that towards the middle make the car look a little derpy and adds height to an already tall looking front end. It's like it's got some goofy anime smile.

Side note do not GIS "Pokemon smile". The results are NSFW and a little disturbing.
SilverX3 commented:
February 29, 2012, 12:08 am

coupe looks better but the hatch is one ugly monster
BeemerMikeTX commented:
March 1, 2012, 11:56 am

1. I sure hope the front looks better in person than it looks in pictures. European pedestrian standards sort of require a tall, blunt nose . . . but they don't require fugly headlights.

2. We're not likely to get the 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, but if the picture of the coupe version is at all accurate, then it might be a pretty good looking car (headlights notwithstanding). Much better than the current 1 coupe, IMHO.
thumper_330 commented:
March 1, 2012, 12:24 pm

Why is everyone so horrendously negative about this? I for one would drive this in a heartbeat instead of the small hatchbacks available from just about everyone else. I love the lines of this thing. The only thing I don't like is the front, but I don't like it on ANY of the new 1'ers I've seen (saw the 5-door hatch in Munich). Still, when you're behind the drivers seat you're not looking at the front anyway.

For my needs this would be about perfect; coupe fun with hatch practicality. I'd actually then be able to get my dog in the back of my car (75lb Siberian Husky) to take him places.
Killjoy commented:
March 2, 2012, 12:36 am

^ While I can totally understand your viewpoint, the ultimate driving experience, for me, entails a sporty car with excellent feedback, but also something that I be totally thrilled about in the looks department. When I park my e36 ///M in a parking lot, I can't help but look over my shoulder once or twice to admire its lines. It makes me happy just thinking that I get to drive it and enjoy it. But this...thing... does not inspire that in me at all. For lack of a better explanation, I need to be thrilled visually, just as much as I need to be excited by the driving aspect of the vehicle.

Even if I had a great performing car, on par with any BMW, WRX, or Porsche, but it looked like scheisse, I would not be nearly as thrilled to own and drive it. Does that make me a "shallow" enthusiast? Possibly, but I don't believe there are many in the automotive world who aren't at least a tad swayed in their opinion of a vehicle based solely on the vehicles design and look. The coupe posted above is a huge improvement, and if it weren't for that front end I would be excited that maybe this could be a potential vehicle for me in a few years. But until this car gets an LCI or something drastic is changed about the snout, I don't consider this vehicle to be "the ultimate driving machine."
BeemerMikeTX commented:
March 2, 2012, 7:30 am

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Originally Posted by thumper_330 View Post
Why is everyone so horrendously negative about this? . . . The only thing I don't like is the front, but I don't like it on ANY of the new 1'ers
Ding, Ding, Ding! I think we're all pretty much saying the same thing. My guess is a low-option, manual transmission, 4-cylinder turbo 1 will be a great car to drive, but you still have to look at it every time you walk out to drive it. Again, maybe the front end will look better in person.
Technic commented:
March 8, 2012, 11:37 am

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Originally Posted by BeemerMikeTX View Post
1. I sure hope the front looks better in person than it looks in pictures. European pedestrian standards sort of require a tall, blunt nose . . . but they don't require fugly headlights.
There was a new 1-Series at the Munich airport last September when I did ED. The front is really unpleasant, IMO.
bmw325 commented:
July 6, 2012, 11:52 am

Yeah I honestly don't understand how those headlights ever got approved. Pedestrian safety is no excuse for fugly. Atleast the LCI can't make things worse..guessing that's when we will see it brought to the us anyway. All they had to do was scale down the 5 series front end and they'd have a nice clean handsome hatch. Such a wasted opportunity!