New BMW M140i and M240i will hit 62mph in 4.6 seconds

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?