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Next BMW M140i will go after Mercedes-AMG A45 with 298kW

03.09.2018

While it is known that big changes are in-store for the next generation BMW 1-series, a fresh report has claimed that the flagship M140i will go ahead-to-ahead with the Mercedes-AMG A45 in the power stakes.

Snapped by the Automotive Mike YouTube page rounding the Nürburgring as on previous occasions, new claims from carscoops.com has alleged that the M140i will produce 298kW from its downsized 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the same as the A45’s rumoured figure from the same sized engine.

As well as equalling the rated output of the Audi RS3’s 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder mill, the new four-pot will reportedly result in the M140i reaching 100km/h from standstill in four seconds, before topping at 250km/h or at 270km/h with optional M Sport Driver’s Package selected.

Underneath its skin, and as previously reported, the 1-series will follow the 2-series Active Tourer, X1 and X2 in becoming the latest BMW to ride on a front-wheel drive platform, a reported development of the Mini’s UKL2 known as FAAR although the M140i will come standard with xDrive all-wheel drive, again mirroring both the A45 and RS3.

Arriving in 2020, BMW will also provide a rival to the rumoured hybrid A35  and S3 in the form of the M130i X Performance, which will have the same drivetrain as the M140i albeit with an output of 221kW.

Based on reports, the new 1-series will bow at the Paris Motor Show in October before going on-sale in early 2019, but given the still excessive disguise adorning the majority of prototypes spotted so far, the world unveiling in the French capital is still open to speculation.

Article written by Autodealer
03.09.2018
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