Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW | posted May 18, 2016 07:32
BMW extends 1- and 2-Series lineup with M140i, M240i
BMW's smallest offerings are now available with even more pep after the Munich-based automaker revealed the M140i and M240i. Both propelled by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six, the two models now produce the same power as the 1 Series M Coupe that was built from 2011 – 2012.
Direct successors of the M135i and M235i, the 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo engine produces 340 PS at 5,500 rpm and 500 Nm between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. According to BMW, the new 3.0-liter engine has 14 PS more than the old engine.
Besides having a twin-scroll turbo system, BMW also claimed that the engine also features the following technologies: fully variable valve control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, map-controlled oil pump, auto start/stop and regenerative brakes as such.
Available transmissions for the M140i and M240i include the standard 6-speed manual gearbox and the optional 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. When mated to the latter, both models can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. All-wheel drive (AWD) models, on the other hand, can do it in 4.4 seconds.
Standard M Sport features that will be available to both the M140i and M240i include lowered suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, uprated brakes, variable sports steering and an aerodynamic package. Meanwhile, the cabin gets Cloth-Alcantara sport seats with blue contrast stitching, M Sport steering wheel and M Sport driver's footrest.
The M140i will be available in in both three- and five-door bodystyles while the M240i can be had as a coupe or convertible.