A few weeks ago, it showed itself as a camouflaged prototype, but now here’s the complete BMW 218ti, the brand’s most sporty front-wheel drive model to date.
It builds on existing styling elements in the look of the model: it combines the optical elements of the BMW 1 Series M Sport with the air intakes of the BMW M135i xDrive, but the latter are red, not black. This simple but spectacular detail defines the character of the whole car: the calipers, inscriptions and sill extension are red; the color returns as a decorative tool often used in the passenger compartment.
The press material details the optical subtleties through the pages and devotes little time to the technical details. Not coincidentally, the 10 mm M Sport chassis is equipped with the all-wheel drive stabilizers of the BMW M135i xDrive. Also from the latter come the brutal brakes, as well as the Torsen-system, partially self-locking differential of the driven front wheels, while there is no drive at the rear – making the car 80 kilograms lighter than the big example.
Not only was the mass carved: although the block is the same as the four cylinders of the M135 xDrive, it delivers “only” 265 horsepower instead of its 306 horsepower, with a torque peak of 400 Nm. The car accelerates to 0-100 km / h in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 250km / h. There is no manual transmission, only an eight-speed automatic.