All good things must eventually come to an end it seems. After fifteen years, the rear-wheel drive, six-cylinder BMW 1 Series will be no more as it will be replaced a newer front-wheel drive layout. 

To give the last rear-wheel drive hatchback a proper send-off, BMW’s Australian division built  handful of a limited batch of M140i Finale Edition. Featuring a more aggressive bodywork, the M140i is the company’s farewell gift to the old rear-wheel drive 1 Series before making it into a front-wheel drive model.

Unlike the standard M140i, BMW said that the Finale Edition comes with cosmetic changes. For starters, it gets a blacked-out kidney front grill and blacked-out exhaust tips. In addition, it also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels that are available in three different designs.

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Other available features in the M140i Finale Edition include LED headlights, adaptive M suspension, 8.8inch infotainment system with a Harman-Kardon sound system, and a power sunroof.  

Under the hood, the M140i is powered by a meaty 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. It pushes out an impressive 335 PS with 500 Nm of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sprinting from 0 - 100km/ is swiftly achieved in a mere 4.6 seconds while top speed is rated at an electronically-limited 250 km/h.

With the next-generation BMW 1 Series set to replace one of the last of the rear-wheel drive hatcbacks, the Finale Edition will serve as the swan song of legendary five-door hatchback.