Think BMW’s M135i and M235i models have been in danger of being overshadowed by an increasingly wild hot hatch segment – including the ever-popular VW Golf R, bonkers new Ford Focus RS and even BMW’s own M2.
Worry no more – for the BMW M135i and M235i have both upped their game, becoming the M140i and M240i.
While their 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines haven’t increased in displacement, power has been upped by 14hp to a hefty 340hp.
That means the M140i hatch and M240i coupe will both hit 62mph in 4.6 seconds when paired with the eight-speed semi-auto ‘box – that’s 0.3 seconds quicker than their predecessors. The manual, meanwhile, takes 4.8 seconds.
Fuel consumption has also been improved, officially returning 39.8mpg with the auto (manual: 36.2mpg).
Prices for the BMW M140i start at £31,875, while the BMW M240i Coupé costs £35,090. The convertible is available from £38,535.
That’s strong money when rivals are offering just as much performance – but where else you can get rear-wheel-drive and a six-cylinder engine in your hot hatch?