A BMW executive says the company has no plans “for now” to affix its revived “ti” badge on models other than the 1 Series.

In October 2020, the Munich-based firm whipped the covers off the new 128ti, a front-driven hot hatch seemingly conceived to take on Volkswagen’s Golf 8 GTI.

Andreas Ederer, product manager for the 4 Series, told CarExpert.com.au “[the] ‘ti’ [moniker] will be exclusive to the 1 Series for now”. As a reminder, the “ti” badge dates back to 1963 and stands for “Turismo Internazionale”.

Like the all-paw M135i, the new 128ti employs BMW’s turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, although here it has been detuned from 225 kW to some 195 kW and 400 N.m.

Interestingly, though, South Africa looks set to receive a further-detuned version when the new nameplate arrives in the first quarter of 2021, with BMW SA’s website listing peak outputs of 180 kW (matching the aforementioned Golf 8 GTI) and 380 N.m.

As a result, the listed top speed falls from 250 km/h to 243 km/h, while the 0-100 km/h sprint time slows from a claimed 6,1 seconds to some 6,3 seconds. The 128ti is fitted as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with paddle shifters.