The switch to front wheel drive hasn’t worked out too well so far for Holden in Australia.

BMW has already embarked upon the same path, first with its 2 Series Tourer and soon with the second generation 1 Series which makes the switch to front-wheel drive.

Sadly, it means the end of the road for models like the BMW M140i with rear wheel drive and a powerhouse six cylinder engine.

BMW’s best selling M car is likely to morph in to a Golf R clone, with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged four cylinder power plant providing the motivation.

If you’re not keen on this new direction, you’d better get your order in soon for the just announced BMW M140i Finale edition — the last of its kind according to the Bavarian car maker.

The M140i Finale Edition is priced from $62,990, a $3000 premium over the standard, although the word standard does not do the car justice.

For the last example you get special edition badging and additional exterior and interior equipment.

The car is available to order now and will find its way into showrooms from March, with the last cars due off the production come June.

“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,” CEO of BMW Group Australia, Vikram Pawah, said.

“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,” he said.

Further enhancing the already-impressive BMW M140i, the Finale Edition adds:

  • 18-inch M light alloy wheels Double-spoke style 436 M Orbit Grey
  • Special Edition badging
  • Wireless Charging for smartphone
  • Storage Compartment Package
  • Metallic Paint
  • Electric Glass Sunroof
  • Kidney grille frame in Black high-gloss
  • Darkened headlights
  • Darkened tail lights
  • Tailpipes in Black chrome
Producing 250kW and 500Nm of torque, the turbocharged six does the dash to 100km/h in an impressive 4.6 seconds.

With an eight-speed automatic transmission and a fuel consumption of 7.1L/100km, it also offers impressive efficiency.

Standard equipment include:

  • M Sport Brakes with Blue callipers
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Selective Beam
  • harman/kardon loudspeaker system
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Navigation System Professional with built-in 8.8-inch display
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • Leather Dakota upholstery
  • Comfort Access System


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.