This Is The Last Six-Cylinder, Rear-Wheel Drive BMW 1-Series

As the fun police continue their march across the automotive globe, the last six-shooter in BMW’s compact hatchback has reached the end of the line
This Is The Last Six-Cylinder, Rear-Wheel Drive BMW 1-Series

Time has run out for the current BMW 1-series, with a front-wheel replacement on the way within a year. To celebrate the life of the only compact hatchback still to use six cylinders, one of the firm’s divisions is pushing the boat out just a little.

BMW Australia has announced a run-out special edition of the M140i, the straight-six flagship of the five-door range. Christened the Finale Edition and priced $3000 (Australian) above the price of a normal M140i, its tweaks are merely a subtle nod to mark its final lap around showrooms.

This Is The Last Six-Cylinder, Rear-Wheel Drive BMW 1-Series

A black exterior trim pack covers the AUD$62,990 car’s exhausts, grille and grille surround, while the 18-inch alloys are dark grey and the mirror caps are a mid-grey. The tech parts bin has been emptied into it, with wireless smartphone charging, LED headlights, adaptive suspension, keyless entry and a sunroof all standard.

Naturally you park your rear on finest cowhide and access your music through a Harman Kardon stereo linked to an 8.8-inch touch-screen. Parking sensors at both ends should help you avoid damaging the proud, and still quite brilliant, 1er in its daily duties.

This Is The Last Six-Cylinder, Rear-Wheel Drive BMW 1-Series

The longitudinal 3.0-litre six up front still throws 335bhp at the rear wheels, backed up by 368lb ft and an easily-reached 155mph speed limiter. It’ll launch to 62mph in 4.6 seconds, partly thanks to a slick eight-speed automatic gearbox. A manual isn’t available.

While ordinary versions of the next 1-series, which will reportedly share a chassis with the Mini range and the X1, will have front-wheel drive only, the ‘direct’ replacement for the M140i will be similar to the X2 M35i: four-wheel drive, with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 302bhp.

Source: CarAdvice




02/11/2019 - 15:25 |
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In reply to by Elliot.J99


02/11/2019 - 15:38 |
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(Son of a)F(rick)

02/12/2019 - 00:16 |
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F (lamingo)

02/12/2019 - 07:35 |
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02/12/2019 - 11:45 |
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F(our cylinder)

02/13/2019 - 23:08 |
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The F22/3 will remain RWD though 👍

02/11/2019 - 15:34 |
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Okaaaayy, so I haven’t got Adaptive suspension, a sunroof or keyless entry, but have everything else. Happy with my choice! I don’t think I’ll be moving this lad on for a while, unless BMW make me an offer I can’t refuse…

02/11/2019 - 15:39 |
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Tomislav Celić

RWD took too much space in the back tho. It was logical to remove it

02/11/2019 - 16:03 |
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Not really the main reason, it’s just more cost effective.
For me personally making a BMW front wheel drive kills the driving characteristics of it.

If you want a FWD car from them just buy a MINI.
And they aren’t really mini (in terms of size) anymore.

02/11/2019 - 16:15 |
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and awd doesnt?

02/11/2019 - 16:54 |
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Geez peoppe really aren’t happy with your perfectly valid opinion..


02/12/2019 - 08:19 |
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RWB Dude

Wish we got them in America…

02/11/2019 - 16:22 |
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Extreme Daniel

Probably because nobody was buying them

02/11/2019 - 16:27 |
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Many Fs pressed for rear wheel drive hatches what’s left now

02/11/2019 - 16:54 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Apparently the next Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be RWD

02/11/2019 - 21:12 |
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Le Dude


02/11/2019 - 19:38 |
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So the only thing that made the one series unique from every other hatchback is now being replaced to make way for a rebadged mini… What the hell happened to BMW?

02/11/2019 - 21:14 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Unfortunately cost saving from reducing the number of platforms in production happened.

Also I cant find a link to it, but BMW did a survey of 1 series owners a few years ago where something like over 90% of people either thought their 1series had FWD, didn’t know which wheels were driven or didn’t care which which wheels were driven.
So financially it actually makes sense for BMW to make the next 1 series FWD, even if it is sad for us enthusiasts.

02/11/2019 - 21:24 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Sadly uniqueness does not equals good or competitive though, especially on the 1 series. RWD make the car less fuel efficient, more cramped inside and expansive to manufacure, which matter to the general consumer for these small luxury car buyer over the driving experience. Got to remember that the car enthusiasts are always the minority within the new car buyers.

02/13/2019 - 20:24 |
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02/11/2019 - 21:30 |
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