BMW has released the official specs and pricing for the 128ti in Australia ahead of its official launch in the first quarter of 2021.
The front-wheel drive hot hatch packs the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that puts out 180 kW (245 PS / 241 HP) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque.
That’s 15 kW (20 PS / 20 HP) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) less than the Euro-spec, which translates in it being 1.2 seconds slower in the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint (6.3 vs 5.1 seconds), while top speed has also dropped from 250 to 243 km/h (155-151 mph). The engine still drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the limited-slip differential from the M135i xDrive comes as standard.
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Available in six exterior colors, the 128ti rides on 18-inch M light alloy wheels and features an M Sport suspension and brakes, adaptive LED headlights, M rear spoiler and a few upgrades inside. Inside, standard equipment includes cloth/sensatec upholstery with red stitching, sporty seatbelts, velour floor mats with red accents, two-zone climate control, 9.2-inch head-up display and an infotainment system.
Customers can further spec it with the two large displays that have a diagonal of up to 10.25 inches, gesture control, electric tailgate, two Enhancement packages and the Convenience and Comfort packages. The latter add features such as the metallic paint, panoramic glass roof, heated front seats with lumbar support and heated steering wheel.
Pricing for the the 128ti starts from AU$56,900 (equal to US$41,951).