AN enhanced BMW M135i xDrive, announced to the world overnight, is set to arrive in Australia in the first quarter of next year, having undergone a comprehensive development program that’s delivered a host of updates.
Detailed set-up modifications for the chassis result in even better mounting, ensuring precisely controllable driving characteristics, even when pushing hard. The optimised traction enables drivers to explore the car’s performance limits even further.
The changes will translate into a higher level of confidence, especially when cornering at high speeds, while optimised camber values, new mounts, and precision tuning of spring and damping systems will deliver further performance gains.
Buyers can expect a significant improvement in roll behaviour in corners and a beneficial effect on steering feel. And the modifications also reinforce the ability of the BMW M135i xDrive to deliver BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure.
Its chassis technology combines with the engine’s performance characteristics and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive to create a composed overall package for a richly engaging drive.
The compact BMW M model comes as standard with near-actuator wheel slip limitation technology integrated in the engine control unit. The resultant shortening of the signal paths allows traction to be controlled up to 10 times faster.
The BMW M135i xDrive additionally benefits from a mechanical limited-slip differential at the front axle, which enhances traction, directional stability and cornering dynamics.
The customary dynamic stability control functions are complemented in the BMW M135i xDrive by Performance Control, which optimises the car’s steering behaviour with judicious application of the brakes.
Specially tuned M Sport steering and powerful M Sport brakes can also be found on the standard equipment list, while Australian-delivered models are fitted with 19-inch M light-alloy wheels as standard.
The twin-tailpipe exhaust system facilitates power delivery from the engine with its reduced backpressure, while also producing a characterful acoustic experience. The distinctive, emotion-stirring sound is also transmitted into the interior.
Here it is carefully amplified through the audio system’s speakers. The revised soundtrack conveys the signature four-cylinder note of a BMW M model to those on board more authentically than ever.
The instant response to every movement of the accelerator is translated into corresponding acoustic signals. From the powerful building of torque under acceleration through to the drop-off in load on the overrun, the power unit’s operating state is clearly discernible.
Starting the engine prompts a sound composition specially created for the M135i xDrive, adding another facet to the rich acoustic experience inside the car. To go with the beefed up offering, a new palette of striking paint finishes has been introduced as well.
New additions to the range of exterior colours for the BMW M135i xDrive include the M paint shade Sao Paulo Yellow non-metallic, as well as Frozen Orange metallic and Frozen Pure Grey. BMW Individual paint colours can also be ordered.