BMW has revealed the new 128ti, with the ti suffix standing for “Turismo Internazionale”. The branding was previously used for cars such as the 1800 TI, 2002 TI, 323ti Compact and 325ti Compact.
The front-wheel drive 1 Series hatchback has been injected with a sporty character with M Sport high-gloss Black elements, Red accents and of course, the ti decals. Besides Alpine White, the buyers can also choose from Melbourne Red or Misano Blue metallic paint finishes, where the accents and the ti decals can be had in black; the latter can also be deleted if desired.
The car rides on exclusive 18-inch Y‑spoke light-alloy wheels, which can be wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres at no additional cost. Another 18-inch double-spoke design in Jet Black matt and 19-inch double-spoke light-alloy wheels are also available in the options list. In addition, the 128ti is fitted with M Sport braking system with Red-painted calipers as standard. The specially-tuned M Sport suspension lowers the car by 10 mm.
The cabin has been spiced up with standard sport seats with Red accents and Red contrast stitching; ti logo on the central armrest, M Performance steering wheel covered in carbon fibre/Alcantara or carbon fibre/leather, M pedals with stainless steel caps and so on.
The 128ti is powered by a 2.0-litre (1,998 cc) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that develops 265 hp (195 kW) between 4,750-6,500 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque between 1,750-4,500 rpm. The engine is paired with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic gearbox that drives the front wheels. However, the front axle gets the Torsen limited-slip differential — the same one employed on the M135i xDrive — to enhance the “driving pleasure”. More info here.
Goes on sale in Germany in November 2020, with prices starting at €41,574.79 (including 16% VAT).