Sorry, folks

The BMW 1 Series is arguably one of the best hatches to drive on the market today. It has the grunt, it has the power, and it has the Bavarian DNA. The 1 Series is due for a new generation this year, however, BMW has no plans to carry the rear-wheel-drive system and the six-cylinder engine over to the next-gen. To mark the end of this journey, BMW is bidding adieu to the M140i to this unique combination with the Finale Edition model.

A Driver’s Car With An Asterisk

The 2019 BMW M140i Finale Edition Is Your Last Chance To Get This Hot Hatch With a Rear-Wheel Drive and Six Bangers Under The Hood
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Although it feels like a nice tribute, the German automaker will be offering it with without the six-speed manual transmission. When you are anyway dropping it from the next-gen, why not go all the way, BMW? The news of the rear-wheel-drive architecture being driven towards extinction surfaced the internet last year, but now, BMW has confirmed the same. Vikram Pawah, BMW Group Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “To celebrate the last six-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive 1 Series hot hatch, we are excited to present customers with the BMW M140i Finale Edition”. Pawah added, “Through aesthetic exterior details and key equipment highlights, the M140i Finale Edition builds on the virtues that have made the M140i our best-selling M Performance vehicle. It offers convenience and practicality with a distinctive sporting silhouette and outstanding performance.”

Impressive New Add-ons

The 2019 BMW M140i Finale Edition Is Your Last Chance To Get This Hot Hatch With a Rear-Wheel Drive and Six Bangers Under The Hood
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The BMW M140i Finale Edition will come with a host of new features, such as:

  • Darkened Headlights and Taillights
  • A High-gloss Black Kidney Grille
  • Black-chrome Exhaust Tips
  • Special-edition Badging
  • Metallic Paintwork
  • Choice of Three 18-inch Alloy Wheel Designs
  • A Power-operated Sunroof
  • Wireless Charging

All these features are in addition to the standard features like:

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • M Sport braking package with blue calipers
  • Adaptive M suspension
  • Keyless entry and start
  • 8.8-inch iDrive6 infotainment system satellite navigation
  • Harman/Kardon sound system
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • High-beam assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors

BMW Missed Out Adding The Third Pedal

The 2019 BMW M140i Finale Edition Is Your Last Chance To Get This Hot Hatch With a Rear-Wheel Drive and Six Bangers Under The Hood
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The M140i Finale Edition will carry over the same 3.0-liter, six-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood.

It produces 335 horses and 368 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear through an eight-speed manual transmission in the standard M140i. It takes the M140i 4.6 seconds to sprint from a standstill to 62 miles per hour before losing its breath at 155 miles per hour. I honestly feel BMW should have mated this to a manual transmission for the finale edition to make it all the more special. An incomplete farewell, for sure.

The Extra Amount Is Justified

The 2019 BMW M140i Finale Edition Is Your Last Chance To Get This Hot Hatch With a Rear-Wheel Drive and Six Bangers Under The Hood
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Do you think BMW offered these new features without making a price revision? Of course not. The Finale Edition commands a premium of Australian $3000 ($2,125), taking its price to $62,990 ($44,631) before taxes and other pocket-burning costs.

The New 1 Series Will Be More Mass-Market Than An Enthusiast’s Car

2019 BMW 1 Series Spyshots Exterior
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The new BMW 1 Series will be based on the company's new FAAR platform that supports front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive system and is a significant update of the UKL architecture that currently underpins the X1 and X2 small SUVs, among other models.

Currently, the 1 Series and the 2 Series share the same underpinnings, but the new 2 Series is expected to be moved to the CLAR architecture that supports a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configuration. This platform underpins many existing larger BMW models.

The next-gen 1 Series will not be radically different from the current 1 Series in terms of aesthetics. Upfront, it will still feature the same raised bonnet and LED headlights, and it will look more in line with the current crop of BMW family cars. From the side, the hot hatch looks a little more sleeker and taller. In the rear, the next-gen 1 Series will boast a new exhaust muffler and LED taillights that look similar to the ones seen on the BMW X2. The interior will witness a lot of changes. The cabin is an upgrade in terms of space as well as technology. It is a lot more spacious, thanks to the front-wheel-drive orientation.

2019 BMW 1 Series Spyshots Exterior
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If you are an enthusiast, this will not please you.

The new M140i will borrow the X2 M35i's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that develops 302 horses and 332 pound-feet of torque.

Power will be sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission system. The new M140i will take 4.9 seconds to reach the 62 mph mark, making it 0.3 seconds slower than the outgoing model.

If you were on the market for a fast, hot hatch, would you go for the BMW M140i Finale Edition? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Further reading

2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW 1 Series Sedan.

2016 - 2018 BMW 1 Series High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the current 2018 BMW 1 Series.

2019 BMW 1 Series Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the next generation, 2020 BMW 1 Series.

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