The M140i is arguably the hottest hatch ever offered by BMW. Replacing the equally impressive M135i, the new M Performance Automobile of the 1 Series has made its world debut earlier this year. Its rear-wheel drive layout also makes it a unique bird, considering most hatches are front-wheel drive these days.

The new 2016 BMW M140i features an upgraded version of the B58 3.0 liter TwinScroll Turbocharged engine developing 250 kW/340 hp, a 10 kW/14 hp increase in maximum output over its predecessor. The new unit lays on peak torque of 500 Newton meters (369 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm and generates maximum output at 5,500 rpm.

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The BMW M140i 3-door and BMW M140i 5-door complete the dash from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox or 4.6 seconds with the optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. Get them with all-wheel drive and that time drops to 4.4 seconds, which is actually faster than the manual BMW M2 and only 0.1 seconds slower than the DCT version.

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In standard guide, the M140i features an M Sport suspension lowered by 10 millimeters, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in exclusive double-spoke design, an M Sport braking system, Variable Sports Steering with Servotronic function, a model-specific M aerodynamic package and exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey metallic.


Inside you will find cloth/Alcantara sports seats with blue contrast stitching, the M leather steering wheel and an M driver’s footrest. Enough to give the M140i a track-ready cabin!

Today, courtesy of BMW Romania and Ciprian Mihai Photography, we’re bringing you one of the coolest photoshoots we’ve seen in a while.