AFTER an absence of more than two decades, BMW's legendary ‘ti' model designation returns with the new BMW 128ti - the first time the badge has graced a front wheel drive model.
The 128ti comes with M Sport specification as standard with such features as a Torsen limited-slip differential, specially tuned M Sport suspension, optimised eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission and a two-litre, 265hp, twin-turbo engine capable of launching the car from standstill to 60mph in 6.1 seconds and on to a maximum of 155mph.
With an advanced drivetrain, lowered M-Sport suspension that includes the anti-roll bars and brakes of the flagship BMW M135i xDrive, it also features a sporty exterior and driver-focused interior that boasts exclusive details to distinguish it from other BMW 1 Series variants. It is also around 80kg lighter than the BMW M135i xDrive. As well as distinctive M-Sport front and rear aprons the 128ti adds specific additional trim, such as the outer air intakes carried over from the front apron of the flagship BMWM135i xDrive and exclusive exterior colour highlights and trim features.
The interior features red accents on the seats, steering wheel and panel stitching. Standard equipment also includes M door sill strips seat belts. Boston backlit trim strips are standard whilst the Berlin trim is available as an alternative.
The new BMW 128ti is due for launch next month and will be priced from £32,995.