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      03-07-2012, 02:50 AM   #1

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Cool 2012 Geneva: M135i (F21) Concept Debuts with M3 DTM

2012 Geneva: M135i (F21) Concept Debuts with M3 DTM

The M135i Concept has debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow. It previews the upcoming M135i, the next vehicle which will join the ranks of BMW's new M Performance vehicle lineup (in addition to the already revealed M550d and X5/X6 M50d). It also represents the first petrol/gasoline M Performance model. If that's not enough firsts, this concept is also the first official look at the F21 3-door hatchback.

No specs have been released on the M135i yet, but BMW has printed that it employs a straight six-cylinder petrol power plant featuring M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology with a power output of more than 300 hp.

For the original BMW press release on the M135i Concept, see

The M135i Concept was introduced as part of BMW's DTM presentation, which also saw the introduction of BMW's 2012 M3 DTM race car. Read about the debut of each car at the Geneva show below.

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BMW M3 DTM in Geneva – Bruno Spengler behind the wheel for the world debut of the BMW Concept M135i.

Geneva, 6th March 2012. When the automobile world assembles in Geneva (CH), it would not be complete without the sportiest BMW in the range. Ahead of the official opening of the 82nd Geneva Motor Show, the brand used the media day to present the BMW M3 DTM, with which BMW will make its comeback in the DTM this season. Before the thoroughbred racing car took centre stage, however, a great honour was first bestowed upon BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler (CA): in the presence of Dr. Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for development, and Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, President of BMW M GmbH, the 28-year-old took to the stage in the BMW Concept M135i. Following this world debut, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt provided those present with the latest information on preparations for the DTM season.

“The countdown to BMW's first race in the DTM has been on since 1992,” said Marquardt. “1st March was a milestone for all the manufacturers involved. The intensive development stage drew to a close with the homologation of the BMW M3 DTM by the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (German Motor Sport Federation). Large parts of the design can no longer be changed. After all the hard work put in by BMW Motorsport and our teams over the past weeks and months, I am confident that the BMW M3 DTM will provide us with an excellent basis for our comeback season in the DTM. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we will go about it in our usual highly-motivated manner.”

Spengler and his fellow drivers have completed thousands of kilometres of testing in the BMW M3 DTM over the past weeks and months. Despite this, the Canadian was still impressed by just a short drive in the BMW Concept M135i. “This car is a real top athlete,” he said. ”You immediately feel the overwhelming desire of the in-line, six-cylinder engine to drive the car forwards. At the same time, this BMW 1 Series is absolutely ideal for everyday use, making it the perfect link between road and racetrack.”

The BMW Concept M135i is the result of the further extension of the new BMW M Performance Automobile product category, which will be presented to the general public for the first time in Geneva, along with the new BMW M6 Coupé and numerous other BMW vehicles. These models not only offer impressively enhanced performance, a typical M set-up of drive train, chassis and aerodynamics, and a characteristic design and interior feel. At the same time they provide unlimited suitability for everyday use and a high level of efficiency. The BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d are powered by the new in-line, six-cylinder diesel engine with triple charger, which generates a top output of 381 bhp and a maximum torque of 740 Newton metres.

The engineers at BMW Motorsport and BMW M GmbH also worked closely together when developing the BMW M3 DTM, as Marquardt confirmed: “Both sides benefit from this interaction: the engineers in production development experience at close hand the special racing feeling you get with every BMW M automobile. At the same time, we are able to take advantage of the resources and experience of BMW M. The results of this cooperation speak for themselves. We will be doing everything in our power to ensure making positive headlines with the letter M in the 2012 DTM, and that we present BMW M GmbH with a gift or two to mark the 40th anniversary of its existence.”


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      03-07-2012, 06:51 AM   #2
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The M135i looks awful.
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The M135i looks awful.
I agree.
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Truth be told, the one series grew on me. Am liking this coupe version too.

People drive M3s overseas while we can only afford public transport in my country..
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IMHO too much ///M everywhere...they're selling the ///M badge like a whore.
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It can be delivered debadged
Other than that is great!
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Please BMW, make a Coupe and don't sell this awful looking car.
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Gotta agree...DTM=sweet...the new M135=not so much...what are you thinking BMW?
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throw away that crapy 1series!!!!!!
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If I ever see a tuned/rimmed 1series in my city - I front-crash him!

The old 1series looks so beautiful compared...
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throw away that crapy 1series!!!!!!
I can't stop to
If I ever see a tuned/rimmed 1series in my city - I front-crash him!

The old 1series looks so beautiful compared...
Get a life mate.....
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Originally Posted by M Passion View Post
IMHO too much ///M everywhere...they're selling the ///M badge like a whore.
I think that as long as the badge goes along with performance modifications, it's fine. Nothing wrong with upgrades done to a car in my opinion, and if it's significant ones compared to the base model, the M badge is deserved.

For example, the new X5M and X6M obviously deserve the badge.

The line has to be drawn somewhere, otherwise they should have just stuck the the M1/3/5/6 which were the originals since the 90's or earlier.

People probably complained about the M coupe/roadster when it was going to be introduced for the same reasons, but that worked out right?
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Originally Posted by Mr. Maboomba View Post
The M135i looks awful.
yeah, the f2x just looks bad
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The M badge is being whored!! If BMW wants to make sportier parts and place them on their vehicles yet not go all out to the ///M level they should badge it something else, i.e. honda has the type R badge as well as a less sportier type S and even leas Si badge.
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BMW can justify the fugly look of the M135i by giving it 350hp
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I wouldn't buy it if it came with 400hp. This ugly thing is going to screw with our hunt for tang. We mention we drive a 1er and have to explain that it's not this 1.

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Love the M135i...
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DTM M3 is so sick!
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