A front-wheel drive hot hatch isn’t something you’d expect from the famous rear-wheel-drive-focused engineering at BMW, but the 128ti fits right in with this sporty segment. This AutoTopNL video highlights the vehicle’s performance on the highway.
The 128ti has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 262 horsepower (195 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmits power to the front axle via a Torsen limited-slip differential. Official specifications say it can reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km / h). In Germany, the 128ti has a base price of € 37,478.99 before taxes.
BMW also fits an M Sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 0.39 inches (10 millimeters) compared to a standard 1 Series. M Sport brakes slow down the hot hatch.
The video begins with a run to 100 km / h (62 mph), and the hot hatch reaches that speed in 5.93 seconds, which is almost two-tenths faster than the factory claims. The driver then goes from 100 km / h to 200 km / h (124 mph), which takes 14.88 seconds.
The maximum speed run comes next. This time the 128ti reaches 100 km / h in 6.06 seconds. The quarter mile takes 13.92 seconds and the acceleration from 100 km / h to 200 km / h is 15.68 seconds. The hot hatch runs out of steam at 253 km / h (157 mph), according to the speedometer, but the GPS only shows it to reach only 239 km / h (148.5 mph).
There is no sign of any Series 1 variants coming to the United States. If you want a sporty little BMW in the United States, the 2 Series is the model to check out. A new generation is currently under development.