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The 2021 BMW 128ti Is a Detuned M135i Aimed at the VW Golf GTI

BMW just unveiled a new version of the third-generation 1 Series. It’s called the 128ti and it’s pretty much a detuned M135i without an xDrive system. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 261 horsepower, the 128ti slots between the 120i and M135i and it’s a new competitor for the popular Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The 128ti also revives the “ti” badge, which BMW previously used from 2001 to 2004 on the 3 Series Compact, a hatchback version of the 3 Series sedan. The “ti” badge actually goes back to the 1960s, when BMW used it on the 1800 TI, a version of the New Class sedan, a predecessor to the 5 Series. BMW also produced 02 Series (3 Series predecessor) model with this badge, including the 1600 TI and 2002 tii in the 1960s and 1970s.