The new BMW 128ti is the sports version of the 1 Series which is characterized by the 2.0 TwinPower Turbo with 265 HP and 400 Nm, combined exclusively with front-wheel drive and the eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with paddles on the steering wheel.
Since the 1960s the “TI” badge which stands for “ International Tourism” and distinguishes a series of particularly sporty models; from the iconic BMW 1800 TI and BMW 2002 TI to the BMW 323ti Compact to the latest BMW 325ti Compact from the 1990s.
BMW 128ti, technical characteristics
Among the features of the BMW 128ti are the specially tuned M Sport suspension (lowered by 10 millimetres), the Torsen limited-slip differential and carefully thought-out steering. The BMW 128ti inherits its firmer anti-roll bars and mounts with high preload from the BMW M135i xDrive.
Stiffer springs and shock absorbers adapted accordingly to provide excellent driving dynamics. Furthermore, the 128ti, being front-wheel drive, is about 80 kilograms lighter than the flagship M135i xDrive model. The 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is a direct offshoot of the BMW M135i xDrive M Performance variant and develops 195 kW (265 hp). The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is standard.
As in the BMW M135i xDrive, the M Sport brake system (standard) features red-painted brake callipers. The two-tone 18-inch 553 M light-alloy wheels with Y-spoke design are also exclusively reserved for the BMW 128ti.
How is the BMW 128ti outside
The unique features of both the exterior and interior of the BMW 128 give the car a distinctive look. Taking the M Sport version as its basis, it adds specific air intake covers, side skirts trims and a sporty red “ti” badge in front of the rear wheels.
If the BMW 128ti is ordered in Melbourne Red or Misano Blue metallic paint finishes, the above details including the ‘ti’ badge (which can be removed if desired) are black.
Standard specs in Italy include the extended BMW Individual Shadowline with kidney grille and black tailpipes, while BMW Individual Shadowline dark lights and black mirror caps are optional equipment.
Interior, as is the BMW 128ti inside
The interior of the cabin also contains a number of red accents, including a large ‘Race Red’ surface on the sports seat backrests (standard for this model), the ‘ti’ badge embroidered in the centre armrest and contrast stitching in the door panels and dashboard.
The inside of the crown and the central embroideries on the M Sport steering wheel are also characterized by red stitching.
BMW 128ti, how much does it cost? When does it arrive in Italy?
The BMW 128ti costs 42,500 euros, 4,000 euros less than the sportier 306 hp M135i.