BMW Australia Announces M140i Performance Edition

by under News on 13 Feb 2017 03:10:26 PM13 Feb 2017

Sixty locally-developed mega hatches in showrooms soon. 

BMW Australia Announces M140i Performance Edition

BMW Australia has announced that 60 examples of the special Australia-specific M140i Performance Edition will be making their way to showrooms starting from an as-yet launch date earmarked for Q2 2017. 

The limited run of 1 Series fettled by BMW’s M Division will priced from $71,900 (plus on-road costs) and will, like the regular car, only come in the form of a 5-door hatch, with only 15 units due to arrive with a 6-speed manual transmission. ZF’s acclaimed 8-speed automatic - branded  Steptronic - will perform shifting duties for the remaining 45.

On the announcement, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner, said: “We have been very encouraged by the M140i’s performance since it arrived in the second half of 2016. It is a car with a strong enthusiast following. This Australian M140i Performance Edition builds further on these strengths and its limited production status creates a halo effect for the popular 1 Series range.”

As for what exactly differentiates the M140i Performance Edition, it does come standard with a mechanical limited-slip differential as well as pretty much every optional extra the regular M140i was available with. 

BMW Australia Announces M140i Performance Edition

Additionally, it’s the visual markers that will set it apart immediately. It receives M Performance 19-inch dual-tone Orbit Grey light alloy wheels, carbon fibre mirror covers, M Performance Exhaust system with chrome tailpipes, and high gloss black kidney grille, rear fins, and roof-mounted spoiler. The 3.0-litre B58 turbocharged straight-six engine, remains untouched, outputting  250kW and 500Nm. 

Inside, the ‘specialness’ continues with a unique plaque on the door sill that identifies the car as a Performance Edition. Step inside, and there’s open pore carbon-fibre and Alcantara used liberally - a cue taken from the M4 GTS - and trim with red accent seams, a detail also applies to the steering wheel, which is also given some carbon bits. There’s more carbon-fibre lavished onto the dashboard, and even on the shifter on cars fitted with the manual. 

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