BMW has just unveiled its new 128ti, the front wheel drive and much lighter sibling to the table topping M135i all-wheel drive variant. The suspension has been tweaked to M sport specifications the car has been designed to enhance driving pleasure and is aimed at the youth who are looking towards experiencing the signature driving style of the German automaker.
The car is powered by 2L which is twin turbocharged to pump out 265 horsepower which drives the front wheels, and has various distinguishing body changes inside and out. The ‘ti’ badge carried by the car has a rich heritage, it stands for “Turismo Internazionale” which has been reserved for the sportier tuned vehicles. The BMW 1800 ti was one such vehicle which defined the characteristics and then came the BMW 2002 ti, a car which was driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck, F1 driver, Le Mans winner and teammate Clemens Schickentanz to take the victory at 24 hours of The Nurburgring in 1970. BMW 323ti and 325ti were modelled after the legendary exploits of the car.
The 128ti is made on the M Sport upgrades, the front apron with sculpted air intakes and the M sport rear apron, the contrast color tones providing the car with an aggressive stance. Black kidney grilles and black mirror caps come as standard, with optional headlight shadowline for a depth look. The car comes with 18in Y-Spoke 553 M bi-color alloy wheels exclusive to the 128ti. On the inside the car features in abundance the use of red accents all over, creating a bold contrast with the sporty black. M accessories are fitted keeping in tune with the performance tuning, with footrest, pedals, door sills and seat belts. A range of contrast color leather stitching options are available. The central console is driver centric, with a cockpit screen and a centre screen and the optional gesture control. The boot has a capacity of 380 litres which can be expanded to a maximum of 1200 litres with the rear row folded down.
The M Sport suspension is tuned specifically for this car and has a lowered ride height of 10 millimeters for lower centre of gravity and comes with a limited slip differential, firmer anti-roll bars, stiffer springs and shocks. The Torsen limited-slip differential taken from the top spec mode, it helps greatly with acceleration, braking and on the twists and turns where it can vector the torque to each wheel as and when required according to traction conditions. The car is tauter thanks to the sportier suspension which converts to precise steering, which has specially been designed for the front wheel drive car and performs as good at the track as on the highway. The 128ti has shaved a whopping 80 kilograms off its elder sibling the M135i, and it shows the result in the precision guided agility the car is capable of.
The eight speed Steptronic Sport Transmission is a gearbox tuned especially for the front-wheel drive and to convert those 265hp to acceleration, with flappy paddles for anytime manual control. The car tuned by M division, looks and feels just like all those very capable models that have come out their garage, with M badging all around and bespoke M styling cues, and foremost the addition of M Sport brakes and suspension.
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