Will the BMW 1 Series 128ti Take on the VW Golf GTI?

February 17, 2021

Will the BMW 1 Series 128ti Take on the VW Golf GTI?

The 2021 BMW 1Series 128ti has been introduced by BMW Group South Africa, featuring a range of M performance treats.

We can expect the front wheel hot hatch to land on the showroom floors in the first quarter of2021 and could take on the VW Golf GTI as well as the Renault Megane, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Honda Tyre R and the Hyundai i30 N.  

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Let’s look at the specs of this fierce hot hatch. 

The Engine

The 2021 BMW 1Series 128ti turns out 180kW and 380nM with its 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder. With an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with paddle shifters, you will feel the power.

Interestingly though, the UK and European models create a higher output of 195kW and 400nM, which means the carmaker has slightly brought down the engine for the SA market. The reason for this is a bit of a mystery, but it could be due to fuel quality, the hot climate and the more it costs per unit.

The Performance 

So, the South African model of the 128ti can accelerate from 0-100kph in 6.3 seconds and the limited top speed is at 243kph.

The drive is made unique with the lowered M Sport Suspension with sturdier anti-roll bar mounts and anti-roll bars with high preload plus stiffer springs and shock absorbers adding to the dynamic drive.

The 128ti also encompasses the M Sport braking system with red callipers, comprising of ventilated discs with aluminium 4 piston monoblock fixed callipers in 360mm at the front, whilst the back has 300mm discs.  

How Does it Look?

The 2021 BMW 1Series 128ti has M Sport bumpers at the front and back with high gloss black inserts and distinctive sculpted side air intakes plus back air vents in polished red.

But the beauty of this car doesn’t stop there with its BMW individual high-gloss shadowline window trim, black grille and side mirror caps 

The interior has a racy feel to it with a red stripe design on the backrests and the centre armrest has an embroidered ‘ti’, which complements the different seam colour found on the armrests, door panels, floor mat border, instrument panel and the M Sport steering wheel.  

The BMW 1 Series128ti comes with a black headliner, stainless steel capped M pedals, an M footrest, M stripes on the front door sills and M seat belts.  

You can have the M Sport or sports seats that are adorned in Sensatec/Trigon upholstery in black with the distinctive BMW M piping and contrasting blue or you can opt for MagmaRed or black Dakota leather.

Time will tell if the 2021 BMW 1 Series 128ti will be able to take on its rivals, but it is sure to give the VW Golf 8 GTI a run for its money.

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