The M140i has been made to compete with the likes of the Audi S3 Sportback from the start. BMW, however, thinks the hot hatch needs an increase in performance figures to take on stronger rivals.
That’s what the German automaker is planning. With an all-new model currently under development, it’s ready to make a challenger for the Audi RS3, which could hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The upcoming model would still be called the M140i, with its power should go up to nearly 400 HP if it seriously wants to match the RS3.
BMW wants to make the M140i sprint just as fast as the Audi Sport and Mercedes-AMG models, which are in three-second region to 60 mph. And the all-new hatchback is expected to have a top speed of around 250 km/h with the electronic limiter or 270 km/h without it.
Using the UKL2 architecture which is compatible with front-wheel drive system, the next-gen M140i is bound to sit on a front-wheel drive-biased platform; just like the RS3 Sportback and the A45. It will also come beefier with a new bodykit and gain the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system to help managing its grunt.
The M140i is going to leave its current segment by late 2018 or early 2019 for a higher level of competition. So BMW is preparing a replacement that is allegedly named the M130iX. The 300 HP hatchback will soon be the new rival for the Audi S3 and the Mercedes-AMG A35.