RE: 400hp BMW M140e hybrid due next year

RE: 400hp BMW M140e hybrid due next year

Friday 9th August

400hp BMW M140e hybrid due next year

Rumours suggest that 1 Series will be given an electric boost in lieu of a proper M car



BMW is said to be planning a new take on its performance 1 Series variant next year, with a 400hp hybrid model waiting in the wings. The M140e will offer the broadest mix of performance and efficiency in the 1 Series line-up by combining BMW’s M-fettled turbocharged 2.0-litre with a battery-fed electric motor, providing 70 miles of zero-emission range – and arguably creating the first plug-in hybrid of genuine hot hatch calibre.

That’s according to a report by Automobile Magazine, which said the four-cylinder petrol – presumably the 2.0 from the upcoming M135i xDrive – will use water injection technology, with the electric hardware contributing 80hp to its punch thanks to a 35kWh battery pack. Total output is pegged at 400hp and 369lb ft of torque, which would make the five-door M140e about as potent as the Mercedes-AMG A45.


Like AMG, the M140e will use all-wheel drive, although it’s likely the electric motor will drive through the gearbox rather than provide direct twist to the back axle. There’s also a good chance that BMW will equip the model with something to rival the AMG’s drift mode and offer the flexibility (aka oversteer) delivered in the M5 and upcoming M3/M4. With the instantaneous torque provided by that electric motor, the prospect is certainly an exciting one.

Will that be enough to appease fans of the departed six-cylinder, rear-driven M140i? Probably not, because many of us loved that car (and could forgive its foibles) thanks to its comparably old school operation. But in a world where 0-62mph times and electric ranges are dominating new car specs sheets, an M140e would seem to fit the bill rather nicely. Anyway, for those who prefect things a little simpler, the 306hp pure petrol-powered M135i xDrive is not far from rivalling the AMG A35. Alternatively, £25k will get you a nearly new six-pot


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BigChiefmuffinAgain

Original Poster:

137 posts

42 months

Friday 9th August
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Nice idea but these cars never have that much boot space to start with.

Where are they going to put the batteries ? 70 mile range would, with current technology, require quite a lot ???

The Wookie

11,669 posts

172 months

Friday 9th August
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Welcome to the 1800kg hot hatch

fernando the frog

216 posts

12 months

Friday 9th August
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I know it's a cliche but if you removed the badges and stuck Merc ones on I wouldn't think anything of it

Greg the Fish

651 posts

10 months

Friday 9th August
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Gosh that's ugly

modeller

317 posts

110 months

Friday 9th August
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35kWh battery - I doubt it!

i3S has a 33kWh battery which is good for 110-150miles and weighs ~300kg

moldy

95 posts

49 months

Friday 9th August
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mmm new A45s with aero pack in white not seen that colour before , oh hang on a minute , aplologies my mistake

Jon_S_Rally

506 posts

32 months

Friday 9th August
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fernando the frog said:
I know it's a cliche but if you removed the badges and stuck Merc ones on I wouldn't think anything of it
Yes I found myself thinking that. It has more than a whiff of A45 about it!

Deep Thought

23,621 posts

141 months

Friday 9th August
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Interesting take by BMW on the conundrum of needing a "M140" range topper....

British Beef

1,204 posts

109 months

Friday 9th August
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Ugly, heavy, compromised practicality, and expensive..... but Im sure it will do 0-60 in under 4 sec so will likely sell!!

Regular BMWs are getting pretty unreliable these days, hate to think how reliable these will be out of warranty.

SOL111

627 posts

76 months

Friday 9th August
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Forgive it's foibles?

Sorry but I couldn't. The B58 is a peach but the chassis not so much. So much promise but so little enjoyment.

If this delivers in the handling stakes then I could live with an alternate drive train.

aaron_2000

3,006 posts

27 months

Friday 9th August
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It's impressive that they managed to make it so generic yet so ugly.

wab172uk

1,354 posts

171 months

Friday 9th August
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You'd have to be a serious BMW fanboy to buy one of these, given the way it looks.

Leon R

297 posts

40 months

Friday 9th August
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I always thought Audi would be the first to market with a hybrid hot hatch but it looks like BMW might beat them.

70 miles on battery power is good too.

kambites

57,212 posts

165 months

Friday 9th August
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BigChiefmuffinAgain said:
Nice idea but these cars never have that much boot space to start with.
The FAAR platform this is based on was designed explicitly to support electrification. I think it has space for under-floor batteries.

Chestrockwell

1,791 posts

101 months

Friday 9th August
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I drove a friends mapped M140i last night and my god what a car, a sledge hammer, a hot rod hot hatch, It’s the last of its kind and I’ve been thinking about selling the Civic and buying one ever since I drove it.

This new one will be quicker, more economical etc but nowhere near as fun or brutal as this.


unsprung

3,294 posts

68 months

Friday 9th August
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If it's true that the autonomous pods are coming for us, the capitulation, as it were, won't happen before we have some truly interesting and capable cars. Such is the sort of golden age that we're in, at the moment.

This particular BMW hatch / crossover may not be to everyone's taste, but nor should it be. From a product and available performance point of view, however, it's probably very good.

Horses for courses.


nickfrog

10,112 posts

161 months

Friday 9th August
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wab172uk said:
You'd have to be a serious BMW fanboy to buy one of these, given the way it looks.
What if someone likes the way it looks, surely that's quite subjective. And what if they like the car and the looks are not that important to them?

nickfrog

10,112 posts

161 months

Friday 9th August
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Chestrockwell said:
I drove a friends mapped M140i last night and my god what a car, a sledge hammer, a hot rod hot hatch, It’s the last of its kind and I’ve been thinking about selling the Civic and buying one ever since I drove it.

This new one will be quicker, more economical etc but nowhere near as fun or brutal as this.

The current car is good but not exactly the last word in fun or handling. I'd prefer a CTR for that.

Deep Thought

23,621 posts

141 months

Friday 9th August
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nickfrog said:
The current car is good but not exactly the last word in fun or handling. I'd prefer a CTR for that.

As an owner - i'm fully inclined to agree.

Great straightline speed and lovely engine note, but not the worlds best handling thing.


evo2073

17 posts

83 months

Friday 9th August
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Hybrids are pointless. The added power by the battery negating the extra weight.
I realise that the ICE is on its way out, ultimately, but these hybrid solutions are just bridging the gap while bringing no real world benefits.

And they are seriously trying to ape the A35 and A45 here. Let this die, please