All-New BMW M140i To Move Upmarket, Go RS3 And A45 AMG Hunting

The current M140i is more of an Audi S3 Sportback challenger but that’s about to change, as the Bavarian car brand has an entirely new model in development.

Believed to retain the M140i moniker, the next generation of BMW’s mega hatch will challenge the likes of the RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45 with close to 400 horsepower from a new turbocharged engine.

Performance wise, it will be on par with the Mercedes-AMG and Audi Sport models. Thus, expect a 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time of approximately 4 seconds and a top speed electronically capped at 250 km/h (155 mph), or 270 km/h (168 mph) with the electronic limiter removed.

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Both the RS3 Sportback and A45 are underpinned by front-wheel drive-biased platforms, and the new M140i will follow the same route. That’s because BMW will use the UKL2 architecture used in the X1, X2 and 2-Series Active and Grand Tourers for its next 1-Series, which for the first time ever will adopt front- instead of rear-wheel drive.

However, just like its arch rivals, the M140i will benefit from an M-tuned xDrive all-wheel drive system to cope with all that power. It will also sport a beefed up body kit, which is still not visible in the latest spy video due to the heavy camouflage of the prototype, a lower ground clearance and large wheels.

While the M140i, which is expected either later this year or early next year, goes up a level in terms of performance, BMW plans to fill its place with a new model, That could be named the M130iX and use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger with approximately 300 horses and, probably, all-wheel drive.


  • Elmediterraneo

    Finally a good news for a top sporty 1 series because a 320 hp 6 cylinder BMW M140i doesn’t make sense anymore against the a 400 hp 5 cylinder Audi RS3 and a +400hp 4 cylinder Mercedes AMG A45. I think that BMW should go beyond that and stop being complexed about their M badge by not putting it on other models.

    Make a 300 hp M performance line-up for the compact models called M35i to rival Audi S models (S3, SQ3, SQ4, TTS) and Mercedes AMG’s 35 line-up (A35, CLA 35, GLA 35, GLB 35)
    M135i, X1 M35i and M235i GranCoupe, X2 M35i

    And then a full M treatment for the compact family with a +400 hp 4 cylinder to rival Audi RS models (RS3, RSQ3, RSQ4, TTRS) and Mercedes AMG’s 45 line-up (A45, CLA 45, GLA 45, GLB 45) :
    M1, X1 M, M2 GranCoupe, X2 M

    And they should do the same thing for the Z4 M with the M3’s 6 cylinder or the M7, X7 M and X8 M with the M8’s +600 hp V8. Go after AMG and stop making cheap excuses !

    • Zandit75

      They’re not going to put the iconic M1 badge on a hatchback.

  • Blanka Li

    Catching fire in 3,2,1

  • Six_Tymes

    “probably, all-wheel drive.” ill laugh my ass if its not, and its front.

  • R55

    Another boring German Hot Hatch that costs ludicrous money.

    • javier

      huh? 4oo hp awd hatch boring ? lol

      • R55

        Uninspired styling, not hot hatch in the slightest. Will look like a 118d with a 2mm big M Badge on it. Same formula as everyone else 400bhp awd, unoriginal. Stupid expensive, can get 10’s of cars for under that price and still have spare change.

  • sidewaysspin

    You can already see that it will look boring.

  • Steve Cohn

    Why do you need more than 250 HP in a car that size in the real world?

  • Miknik

    Ditches RWD chassis and inline 6, and that is called a move upmarket?

  • Ben M

    The new A45 just sailed right by in that video making it look slow

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