Celebrating the last rear-driven, 6-cylinder BMW hatch.
It was a sad day when BMW announced that the next-generation 1-Series hatchback would adopt the same front-drive architecture as the Mini, with both 1-Series fans and driving enthusiasts up in arms. The protests have proven futile, and the rear-drive 1 is on its way out. But it seems to us that BMW Australia also understands our grief – and as a parting gift, the M140i Finale Edition will be landing in March, as the ultimate swan song to what’ll go down in history as one of the very-best 1-Series’.
Commanding a $3000 premium over the regular M140i (bringing it to a total of $62,990 before ORCs), what doesn’t change is the powertrain. So there’s still a 3.0-litre inline-6 turbo-petrol mill under that long bonnet, with all 250kW and 500Nm going to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. So motivated, the M140i can hit 100km/h from rest in just 4.6-seconds, though the official fuel consumption figure of 7.1L/100km won’t be achieved if you’re chasing that century sprint time.
Finale Edition cars get 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey, metallic paint, an electrically-operated sunroof, smoked headlights & taillights, a gloss black grille, and black-chrome dual exhaust tips. You also get wireless smartphone charging, ‘Storage Compartment’ package, and the option to specify two more alloy wheel designs, which are available in either Jet Black with silver contrast highlights, or just black.
This is of course on top of standard equipment, like M Sport high-performance brakes with blue callipers, 360º parking sensors, LED headlights with adaptive beam and active high-beam, a premium Harman/Kardon audio system, the 8.8-inch Navigation System Professional ConnectedDrive infotainment system, keyless entry/go, and adaptive M suspension.
As said earlier, the BMW M140i Finale Edition lands on Australian shores in March, with the final batch of cars coming round in June.