Much respect to this discreet five-door body of Series 1. Under the hood lurks a six-cylinder, 340 hp twin turbos and to the delight of those who still want to enjoy driving. The BMW M140i is the compact that goes unnoticed, until you get behind the wheel ...
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I had to lift my foot. There has been no ... what say you have to have. A tachón on my resume? Not at all. I did not say the final word. I'll try again. But for now, I want to continue discovering this road with BMW M140i I'm testing. A route that did not know and squirming to impossible. Benditas curves! They require the full attention of my senses, like the 340 hp a block capable of stretching so absolutely delicious. Not seem to be supercharged, however, using two turbos. There are not many brands that make drivers of this bill: inline six-cylinder three liters, with a lot of technology in the guts to make such energy will not make a hole in your pocket. He gives the best of himself from 4000 rpm, but from 1600 he was already full thrust note the compact BMW.
It is associated with a automatic transmission no less than eight speeds (You can choose another manual six per 2,646 euros less) with paddles on the steering wheel that works really well. It is a torque converter but has the perfect balance between speed and smoothness in transitions, always depending on the driving mode you choose. On the chassis, the height is lowered and brings the series mounted sports suspension M, although I recommend you choose, for 935 euros, adaptive.
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When strained, it offers a guided precision so high that you can stoke the pace to the point where you call your sanity ranks. To stop your impetuosity, BMW has arranged a team of high-performance brakes which he is not showing signs of fatigue, time. The pedal still has the same mordant and the same progressivity in the first kilometers and nothing makes me think that they will fail suddenly. And if you make it easy for brakes, management also will help get closer to the limits. Fast and accurate, it makes enough information reaches your hands.
With all this, where you have to pay more attention and sweetness will be on your right foot. Because taming these 340 hp BMW M140i is of a task that is not easy, especially if you do not have four-wheel drive (1,700 euros extra). With all the power to the rear axle derived'll need to fine tune the time you give gas, because the back insinuates despite going causeway with more generous than those of the front axle (245 by 225) tires. And if you happen to disconnect electronics (something only recommend circling) better have a quick hands and wake up to correct quickly because behind life of its own and will make you sweat ...
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However, we must applaud how well it pulls this M140i. And that does not include limited slip rear axle, something I see absolutely essential in cars of this power level and character (ESP save work and would provide greater impetus to the exit of corners).
Touch to turn around. Adrenaline runs until the last of the capillaries of my body and intensifies fun at every turn of the wheel, each reduction gearbox or each braking hurry ... The engine sound is not brutal, but I love her whistle when slashing 7,000 rpm. And by the way, I will always be grateful to you drew this challenging road. I go back to the curve where a moment ago I had to lift off. Strong grabbed the wheel, I sink the foot thoroughly and pointed address to the exact point of the vertex. The M140i supports his weight on the left flank, chassis delegates every effort to tires I immediately indicate that they are reaching the limit. My momenta force me to slightly correct the trajectory. I play the apex and now it's time to place the muzzle at the right edge of the asphalt without breaking down the rear. Abro direction and when I put it straight draws a smile on his face. Test passed. This car does more than amaze me ...
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Conclusion: much more than appears at first sight
It is pure discretion. When you approach him for the first time, you realize that it is something special, but little else. Passes through unnoticed. Only when you get behind the wheel it is when you realize what is able to offer this M140i. His rivals, as a Class A RS3 Sportback AMG or have more power and standard all-wheel drive, but also a higher price (more than 8,000 euros in the case of Mercedes). So, made to order high performance at a fair price, this BMW can be your candidate.
Affordable price, and total power rear-wheel drive
discrete image, lower power compared to its rivals