BMW 128ti coming soon: i30N, Golf GTI rival with 265 PS, 8AT, FWD

Sanjay · Sep 17, 2020 12:00 PM

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2020 is not holding back with surprises so what’s another, right? The jack-in-the-box this time is the BMW 128ti, BMW’s new hot-hatch that’s ready to pinch sales from the VW Golf GTi.

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The Bavarians are also looking to cure a Hyundai i30N-sized headache. BMW going up against Hyundai? Wait till you hear what's next...

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It’s front-wheel drive (sorry, purists), but wait, it’s far from humbug. There’s a four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-litre mill putting out 265 PS paired to an 8-speed Steptronic (automatic) gearbox.

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Respectable numbers that are enough to send you to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. 

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These figures mean that it’ll sit just below the all-wheel drive, 306 PS/450 Nm M135i xDrive, which was recently introduced here

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BMW did more than just rip out the rear driveshafts, so this 128ti has a limited-slip differential, M Sport suspension and retuned steering. The new hatch was fettled at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, so it should be rather racy.

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It’s also 80 kg lighter (1,520 kg) than the top-banana M135i (1,600 kg), from which it inherits the same M Sport brakes, stabilisers and stabiliser bearings.

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It gets some obligatory visual touches that don’t look too different from its higher-grade sibling actually.

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The Mk8 GTi could be here for cheaper than expected

Think about it for a second. If you’ve got hot-hatch money, will you consider an FWD BMW, stick it old-school with a tried-and-true GTi or try out the i30N?

Sanjay

Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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