BMW has expanded its hot hatch line-up with the arrival of the 128ti.
Priced from $56,900, the 128ti sees the return of the “Turismo Internazionale’ name BMW has used in the past to signify dynamic models, starting in 1963 with the 1800 TI.
The front-wheel drive 128ti has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin turbo petrol engine offering 180kW and 380Nm, paired to an eight-speed automatic and good for a 6.3-second 0-100km/h time.
It sits between the entry level 118i and range-topping 255kW/450Nm M135i xDrive in the 1 Series line-up.
The 128ti is based on the M Sport model specification available for the 1 Series and stands apart with its distinctive front apron with specially sculpted air intakes and gloss black rear apron.
It also has coloured accents including the special covers for the outer air intakes, trim for the Air Curtains, air vents exiting the rear wheel arches in the rear bumper and more.
The interior sees liberal use of red stitching, two side by side 10.25-inch displays, a 9.2-inch head up display and more.
Fitting its sporting appearance, the 128ti is available exclusively with M Sport suspension, which lowers the car by 10mm.
It also takes the firmer anti-roll bars and anti-roll bar mounts with high preload from the M135i xDrive, plus appropriately modified stiffer springs and shock absorbers.
The 128ti gets its own steering set up to cater for high power going through the front wheels, plus a Torsen limited slip differential.
Handily, it weighs 80kg less than the all-wheel-drive M135i xDrive.
There are also M Sport brakes, comprising aluminium four-piston monoblock fixed calipers and 360 x 30mm inner-vented discs at the front wheels, and floating calipers with inner-vented brake discs measuring 300 x 20 millimetres at the rear.