The recent report panned out and the 1 Series hatchback and 2 Series coupe and convertible will be getting a new 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, with sales of the new versions starting this summer.
The powerplant is not exactly new, actually, as the motor was first introduced last year on the 340i, but it’s new for the smallest models of the Bavarian marquee, and with reduced dimensions and weight comes a lot of fun – just take the M2 and M4 reviews for example. Now the M140i and M240i have even more power than in the 340i, which sports 326 horsepower, whereas the duo sprint to the finish line with 340 ponies. This is also 14 hp more than in the predecessors – the M135i/M235i. While the power has been subtly tweaked, the fuel consumption has gone down a notch, the M140i three- and five-door hatches and M240i Coupe coming up with a combined fuel economy of 30.1 miles per gallon (7.8 liters per 100 kilometers), while the M240i Convertible will go through 28.3 mpg (8.3 l/100 km).
BMW also tells us the M140i and M240i live up to the M moniker, as they have the same power level as the 1 Series M Coupe of 2012. Thanks to the upgrades, the models are 0.3 seconds quicker than their respective predecessors – the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint will be done in 4.6 seconds with the auto transmission or 4.4 seconds if the optional all wheel drive is also fitted. The standard guise comes with a six speed manual and the optional list includes the latest upgrade of the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.