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BMW's first front-wheel-drive hot hatch gets 265 hp

BMW has wholly declassified a new sports hatchback with the index 128ti ("Turismo Internazionale"). The car will be the first "charged" hatchback of the Bavarian brand, which only received a drive to the front axle.

The BMW company equipped novelty with a two-liter "turbo-four" engine developing 265 hp. and 400 Nm of torque. The motor works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW 128ti is capable of accelerating to the first "hundred" in 6.1 seconds, and its maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km per hour.

BMW 128ti
BMW 128ti

The "charged" hatchback received a Torsen differential on the front axle, a sports suspension with a 10 mm lower ground clearance, sports anti-roll bars, and more efficient brakes.

The BMW 128ti sits in front of the 306-horsepower M135i xDrive all-wheel-drive hatchback and will compete directly with the new Volkswagen Golf GTI. In Europe, orders for the hot hatch will begin in November. In Germany, car prices start at 41,574 euros (49,000 USD).