Gone but not forgotten, this 1 Series comes at a time when BMW’s entry-level cars still offer a six-cylinder engine and a rear-wheel-drive platform. This is actually the end of it since we started working on a second generation model (F21) after Facelift launched in 2015.

The hot hatch comes in the xDrive flavor, but enthusiasts will remember that there was also a slightly lighter RWD model. Equipped with an acrobatic exhaust and an XHP Stage 3 kit, the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine now produces 480 horsepower. Torque also increased significantly, reaching a fleshy 700 Nm (516 lb-ft).

Following the modes, the M140i moved into an uncontrolled section of the automobile for a full-throttle race. It sounds great when pushed back, although some argue that it is too loud. There is no denying that the six-cylinder hatch is properly fastened when the launch control is turned on. The small BMW accelerated from 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) in an amazing 3.68 seconds. It accelerates to 62 to 124 mph (100 to 200 km / h) in 8.63 seconds.

This M140i uses a full speedometer

You can easily tell that the car has been modified by looking at the speedometer because it is stuck at a speed of 260 km / h even though the car hit a speed of 269 km / h (167 mph) at one point. In stock form, the BMW M140i comes with an electronic top speed limiter that is programmed to kick at speeds of up to 250 km / h (155 miles per hour) like most German performance cars.

Given this car and its tuning potential, it’s understandable why some people find the M135i a bit disappointing. A six-cylinder M is unlikely to be a Performance 1 Series (F40), so our best hope is a Beefer derivative. Such a hot hatch would perfectly compete with the more powerful 315-hp VW Golf R.

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