What drives it? A 2,979cc, 306 brake-horsepower in-line six-cyclinder engine linked to a six-speed automatic box. How fast is it? The 135i reaches 100kmh in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h, BMW says. How safe is it? It's got adaptive steering, bi-xenon headlights, cornering brake control, dynamic stability control, driver and front-passenger front, head and side airbags, and anti-theft locks. How thirsty is it? The 135i slurps 9.6 litres per 100km on a combined cycle. Hong Kong friendly? It blows 207 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, the marque says, but The Independent quotes 220gpk, the fug equivalent of 1.8 Smart ForTwos. Availability HK$560,000 from BMW Concessionaires, (tel: 2714 5271).