BMW has made it six wins in a row for thehigh-performance offering among its 1 Series range.
Such is the competence of its design and functionqualities and on road prowess, that the M135i, metaphorically speaking, took the chequeredflag after starting towards the back of the grid as an average to below-average valuefor money proposition.
The M135i is absolutely single-minded in theway it goes in pursuit of peak power of 235kW at 5800rpm and beyond to a 7000rpm redline.
All the while, the big inline six-cylinder entertains with induction noise and a snarlingexhaust soundtrack.
Peak torque is a brutish 450Nm.
Driving Experience Control works superbly,as does the Variable Sports Steering, which gains weight and directness as speeds increase.
Indeed, The ride quality, meantime, is not bone-jarringbrittle.
The concept of putting power to the groundthrough the rear wheels, leaving the front wheels to simply point and steer, might besimple, but in cars like this it makes for the purest of driving experiences.
The standard braking package is M Sport, incorporatingfour-piston fixed calipers on the front axle and two-piston fixed callipers at the rear,and works indefatigably.
To use the Aussie vernacular, the BMW M135iis a 'good thing'.