Video: BMW M140i vs Civic Type-R and Focus RS on a Wet Track

1-series, Racing, Videos | December 9th, 2016 by 3
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The BMW M140i is, if not the hottest, one of the hottest hatches out there today. Its rear-wheel drive layout also makes it a unique …

The BMW M140i is, if not the hottest, one of the hottest hatches out there today. Its rear-wheel drive layout also makes it a unique bird, considering most hatches are front-wheel drive these days. While that may prove to be quite fun on your daily commute, things may be a bit different out on the track, especially if we’re talking about typical British weather. That said, the comparison the guys from Car Throttle put together might not be fair.

They decided to settle the dispute around the hottest three hatches of the moment by taking all of them to the track. Getting manual models was the preferred way to go about testing them as they do provide more fun while being pushed hard. Therefore, the competitors are all manual, as goes: Honda Civic Type-R, Ford Focus RS and the BMW M140i. On paper, there’s little to set them apart but on the track things are a bit different.

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Normally, we’d place our bets on the BMW, even though it is at a disadvantage compared to the Focus. On the track, the BMW has what it needs not only to keep up with the American but even to defeat it. However, since the track in question was wet and rain interfered, we predict that the all-wheel drive model here will win all the challenges ahead. And rightfully so, as there’s no point in having more power if you can’t put it down.

Needless to say that the Ford was the fastest around the short circuit they chose to use for this comparison. Of course, the skill of the driver is also questionable as he almost loses control of the BMW at one point but understandably so. After all, even a skilled driver could’ve reached the same conclusion. What was surprising though was how the BMW M140i fared in a straight line, something we definitely didn’t expect considering the conditions.

3 responses to “Video: BMW M140i vs Civic Type-R and Focus RS on a Wet Track”

  1. herrdoktorprofessor says:

    While a great car, the problem with the RS is that you can’t actually get one and if you can the dealers are charging ridiculous markups. Plus as a daily driver it would be terrible. It’s so harsh.

  2. MTH says:

    We want the 140 in the US!!!!!!!!!

  3. Senne says:

    In dry conditions the outcome would’ve been so much different. In the drag race, even in the wet the M140i was almost as fast as the AWD RS. Also on the track many other tests have proven that the RWD of the M140i sets superior lap times. It may not be as easy to drive in the wet, but in dry conditions it’s more fun and faster. And at least it’s a very beautiful car, which cannot be said about the Ford or the Honda.

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