BMW has announced today new engines for the M versions of the 1 Series and the 2 Series. The M135i is now the M140i, while the M235i will now be known as M240i. If you got excited with the possibility of a V8 under the hoods, remember BMW has changed the way it names its cars and that they are not related to the size of the engine anymore. The M140i and the M240i use the same 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo that powered the M135i and the M235i, but it now generates 250 kW at 5,500 rpm, or 10 kW more than the previous engine. The maximum torque will make lots of V8 engines envious: 500 Nm from 1,500 rpm up to 4,500 rpm.
The M140i is 4.32 m long, 1.77 m wide, 1.42 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.69 m. The M240i is 4.44 m long and shares all other measures with the 1 Series. Both of them get a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission as an option. In terms of performance, the “new” engine provides a 4.8 s acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h with the manual transmission and a 4.6 s time with the automatic. The M240i has the same sprint times apart from its all-wheel drive version, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 s. Top speed, as usual, is limited to 250 km/h.
Remember these cars are rear-wheel drive vehicles. And they may be the swan song for a small rear-wheel drive car from BMW, now worried about reaching a larger scale with the UKL1 and UKL2 front-wheel drive platforms. These guys will be missed.