BMW has a great way of telling American drivers to eat their heart out with their latest model because the 2012 BMW M135i is not going to be coming to North America. This new hatch from BMW hosts a turbocharged N55 direct injected 3.0 liter inline six cylinder engine that puts out 315 horsepower and 332 pound feet of torque. That’s only 20 less horses that the 1M coupe and is at 5,800 RPM. This is BMW’s way of putting some fun back in driving and from the sounds of it, the M135i is designed to give drivers a prime experience and not just with power.
Of course the 2012 BMW M135i will have all the comfort and high quality features you would expect and because it’s a hatch it gives drivers plenty of room to haul around just about anything they need to for daily living such as golf clubs or groceries. With the back seats up there is 12.7 cubic feet of space to put stuff, or put the seats down and get up to 42.4 cubic feet of wide and flat space. What is unusual about all this space is three doors instead of five, but it seems to work out fine for this hatchback.
Americans shouldn’t be too disappointed that they aren’t going to be able to test out the 2012 BMW M135i though, because there will be different versions coming to the United States that should be similar. Rumors are milling around about the upcoming Mercedes-Benze A45 AMG and the upcoming Audi RS3 and maybe even a MkVII successor for the Volkswagen Golf R32 lineup. With these kinds of choices, fans that are waiting for a new high power, luxury hatchback shouldn’t have to do without. In the meantime, I guess we should congratulate BMW on coming out with a great driving car for their European customers.