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Mike Stevens | Feb 24, 2012

This is the BMW Concept M135i. It's been rumoured and reported for a little while, and, while BMW hasn't said so, you can bet your back teeth that you'll see this one in showrooms sometime soon.

Importantly (as if the M badge weren't enough), next month's Geneva debut of the current 1 Series range's most powerful offering yet will also mark the first appearance of the other standout feature of this "concept" - its three-door body.

We've seen three-door versions of the new '1er' testing for a while now, but while some might have expected it to debut as, say, a 2.0 litre diesel, BMW has done what it does: shoved its trusty 3.0 litre twin-scroll turbo six-cylinder under the bonnet.

For now, the new 1 Series is offered in one bodystyle, the five-door hatch, with three petrol and diesel engines topping out at 125kW and 105kW respectively.

BMW hasn't gone into great detail on the M135i's engine, describing it only as "a straight-six", but it's safe to assume we're talking about the same bulletproof Bavarian that powers the larger 335i, among others.

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When driving its stablemates, the N55 engine delivers 225kW and 400Nm of torque - although BMW promises "more than 300hp (225kW)" here, so we might see a little more tweaking to justify that concept tag.

As always, power is sent to the rear wheels, and the usual suspension tweaks, M body bits and upsized 18-inch wheels are featured.

Watch for the full details to follow the Concept M135i's unveiling in Geneva.

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