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  1. SGCM_editorial

    BMW M135i xDrive: Sheer driving pleasure?

    With the new 1 Series now being built atop a front-wheel drive platform, does it still deliver that sheer driving pleasure internet purists are so keen on? Hot on the tail of the Mercedes-AMG A35, the M135i now has a transversely mounted 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder lump up front, putting down 297bhp and 450Nm of torque through BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. That's also 43bhp and 50Nm less than the last outgoing M140i, but it doesn't feel any less quick or responsive than before. In fact, in most areas, it feels quicker with more usable power. Despite being a front- based all-wheel drive system, the M135i dives into corners with a high level of precision. No amount of silly heavy-footedness can trick it either. The M135i just offers more grip instead, thanks to the car's torsen front axle lock system that pulls you into the corner. It also communicates well in any damping mode, without crashing and diving at the slightest hint of throttle or steering corrections. We found the Aisin-derived eight-speed automatic tends to be dramatic with heavier, more aggressive shifting in Sport - perhaps engineered for more drama. Unlike true blue M cars, you can't change how burly you want the shifts to be, and perhaps a little less of that would be good. Check out our full review here! Here is more eye-candy of the 1 Series in various specifications courtesy of BMW. Your car's actual specifications may vary. Share with us what you think in the comments below!
  2. chitchatboy

    Next-generation BMW M135i leaked

    Here's a first look at the next-generation BMW M135i. Leaked by Bimmerfile, the new 1 Series has been spotted in the range-topping M135i guise. Looking pretty much production-ready, the BMW M135i also wears a xDrive badge, confirming that the car will have an all-wheel drive system. However, lesser variants of the 1 series will be using a front-wheel driven version of BMW’s FAAR architecture. M135i xDrive seen here will likely be powered the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as found in the X2 M35i, making around 302bhp and 450Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also expected to be the only option while the chassis will feature a limited-slip differential on the front axle. It is unknown when the car will be launched but a reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September is possible.
  3. BMW has been on a roll in the recent years by coming up with many different models meant to cater to each and everyone. So that set us thinking... What if someone tried to gather some of BMW's more significant models in one location... Yup, we managed to gather them here for your viewing pleasure. You can read more about the feature here. Meanwhile, here are some behind-the-scene photos from the shoot. Of course, there is more of the lovely 850i too. Some of the cars arriving on the trailer... 850i touches down first and gets shot immediately. The rest of the cars arrive.. This was my first time trying the 740iL and I now understand why they say it is one of the more sporting luxury sedan around. Another first time for me, the 320d is effortlessly brisk. Can't decide the petrol version is better or this. Checking out what hiding under the bonnet. The only cabriolet here. Feeling very pampered in here. Love the blue. 1,3,5,7. After a good 5 hours under the sweltering heat, we finally had lunch and it marked the end of the shoot. But before we went off, I got a few more shots of the 850i to share... No B-pillar makes it look sexier. Check out the old school buttons. You get traction control and variable dampers here too even though the car is more than 20 years old. Being a 850i means it runs a V12 under the hood.
  4. SGCM_editorial

    One off the bucket list

    The Ring. The Green Hell. Whatever its nickname, Germany’s Nurburgring is worshipped by driving enthusiasts everywhere as one of the longest and toughest racing circuits in the world. Built in 1927 but modified several times since then, the heart of the Nurburgring is the Nordschleife (“North Loop”) – located about 170 kilometres to the east of Frankfurt, 20.832 kilometres in length and with no less than 154 corners, many of them blind ones. It’s a one-way toll road open to the motoring public, whether in a car or on a motorcycle. You could drive there in a beat-up jalopy and they’ll still let you do the “loop”, but you wouldn’t get anywhere near the current lap record of under 7 minutes (achieved by a Radical SR8, which isn’t really a street-legal car in my book). My ride wasn’t radical, but it was capable of attacking the Ring, thanks to a turbocharged 3-litre 6-cylinder pumping 320bhp to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic. It was a BMW M135i. Why not a 420bhp M3, you ask? Well, I planned to use the same vehicle to tour Europe after my hot laps on the North Loop, so I needed something more economical than a 4-litre V8. Also, I figured that a “slower” performance car would be safer for me on the Nurburgring. As I was there on a Sunday just after lunchtime, there were almost as many spectators (complete with picnic baskets and zoom lenses) as drivers. Pulling up to join the line of cars waiting to enter the monster, I started feeling a little inadequate. While my machine wasn’t the least powerful in the snaking queue, it was definitely the only one that was 100 per cent stock. As far as I could tell, the minimum modification in my group was either a lowered suspension or a deafeningly loud exhaust system. Some cars had both. Finally, it was my turn at the toll barrier, which lifted and allowed me onto the track. Then it started to drizzle… Great! My very first lap on an unfamiliar circuit, in a fast car that didn’t belong to me and it had to rain on my parade. The rainfall also made me think about insurance coverage in the event of an accident (apparently, I was covered as long as I could prove that I wasn’t timing my lap). And my 75-year-old dad was seated alongside all this while. I silently cursed myself for not practising beforehand on a Playstation, and for not reading the Dummies’ Guide to the Nurburgring that a kind friend had e-mailed to this Ring rookie. Thank goodness the M135i (pictured) has traction control and dynamic stability control – I kept both systems switched on. When an E36 M3 in front of me fishtailed and went off the track within just 20 corners, I was glad to have the M135’s electronic guardians on standby to save my skin if needed. I didn’t pussyfoot around, though – this adrenaline-fuelled Singapore lion overtook a Scirocco, complete with roll cage, and dashed past a 911 GT3. I even managed to catch up with a CR-Z mutant hybrid that was spitting flames from its exhaust pipes. I felt like a “Yang” Senna and the feeling was good, until a 1985 Golf GTI passed me on the outside of a corner and promptly deflated my overboosted ego. After four laps back to back on the partially damp, partially dry track, there was perspiration on my skin and pain in my hands. Tackling the Ring was hard, and I tried hard. Most importantly, I survived the drive, even though my hands were aching so much afterwards that I couldn’t Whatsapp my friends about my “adrena-Ring” rush. Yes, 10 minutes per lap is nothing to write home about, and I doubt Nissan will be hiring me to help break the production car Ring lap record in the next-generation GT-R. But at least I’ve ticked one big box in my boyracer bucket list. This article was written by Yang, freelance writer for Torque.
  5. chitchatboy

    More on the Audi S3 Sportback and BMW M135i

    With manufacturers nowadays producing hatches that accelerate as fast as a Porsche 911 (996) Carrera, it seems like we are in the middle of a horsepower battle for hot hatches. Naturally, we took out two of the faster hot hatches in town to see which was better overall. So where is the A 45 AMG we hear you ask? Unfortunately, it was not available to us when we wanted to take it out for the test. For those who have yet to read our review, it can be found here. Meanwhile, here are a couple of unpublished photos that were not in the review... Audi S3 Sportback. The fastest A3 you can buy now till the RS3 comes (if there is going to be one). I personally like the base 1.4 TFSI version a lot, so I was expecting this S3 to be just as polished. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. With quattro channeling 276 horses to all four wheels, it provides plentiful thrust. Anywhere. The standard S-tronic gearbox is quick acting when you are in the mood and smooth enough when trundling through town. Amazingly, BMW's eight-speed automatic is just as good. How about the ride? Slightly more firm than the Beemer. Nothing bad because this means you get tight body control in the twisties. One would also notice the steering weighting up nicely as you wind the lock on. BMW M135i. It has been more than a year since we tested it. In the automotive world, one year is pretty long and even so, I am not sure if I have warmed up to the 1 Series's face. Thankfully, you can actually do a facelift on your own. But let's not harbour on that and focus on what BMWs are known for, the drive. If you thought the Audi was fast, the BMW is even faster. With two more cylinders and one more litre, it shades the S3 in terms of sound and creaminess. Turbo lag is less pronounced than the S3 too. Riding softer than the S3, it soaks up bumps more willingly and I think this will makes the M135i a good compainon on fast NSHW blasts. Fear not, this does not mean that the M135i is not a driver's car. With good weight distribution and power going to the rear only, powerslides are easy to achieve if you are feeling naughty. Quick steering (slightly too heavy in Sport) help to give the car an impression that it is one agile hatch. It really is.
  6. FaezClutchless

    A compact shell with a 300bhp soul

    [extract] The BMW F20 1 Series was introduced in 2011 and it is a relatively new model. It comes in a variety of petrol and diesel engines but there is no performance sub-model available yet. And now, we do not have to wait any longer for one because the German automaker has released official pictures of the M135i concept which will premier at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next month. The M135i is a concept study of a BMW M Performance automobile which will feature a six cylinder petrol engine and BMW has stated that the car is consistent with the further development of the new BMW 1 Series