German car maker celebrates motorsport success with special version of hot hatch

BMW is producing a special Championship Edition of its M140i super hatch to celebrate its reign as manufacturers’ and teams’ champion in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Following the first round of the 2018 BTCC season, BMW has confirmed that the Championship Edition will be built in just 30 units as a nod to the 30 rounds of racing in last season’s calendar.

The car comes in white, like the racing model, and features several additions to signal its BTCC connection. It gets M Sport decals along the side with Championship Edition lettering, as well as carbonfibre door mirror covers and body trim.

No changes have been made to the engine, so the car sticks with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six that sends 335bhp and 369lb ft of torque to the rear wheels.

BMW has yet to confirm further details – Autocar is awaiting a response – including whether the car gains more extras such as standard-fit adaptive dampers. It has also yet to announce pricing, but given its rarity, expect a sizeable increase on the M140i’s £33,680 starting price.

Team BMW racing drivers Colin Turkington and Rob Collard have stayed in the squad for 2018, with Andrew Jordan also staying with BMW Pirtek Racing. The trio race BMW 125i M Sport cars with turbocharged 2.0-litre engines outputting about 350bhp, as per the series’ regulations.

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11 April 2018

 A few grand for some carbon fibre and a few decals....,?, 

Peter Cavellini.

11 April 2018

I literally can't view the entire picture because an advert covers the bottom 3rd of my window, and theres no x to remove....

11 April 2018

Special low key BMW which will probably be worth a fair wack in 15 years time. A wise purchase worth keeping and enjoying, will probably be sold out by the time I finish this sentence.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

12 April 2018
xxxx wrote:

Special low key BMW which will probably be worth a fair wack in 15 years time. A wise purchase worth keeping and enjoying, will probably be sold out by the time I finish this sentence.

.   What with EV take up on the rise, the villafication of fossils power in fifteen years you might not be allowed to drive a car you’ve kept cleaned serviced enjoyed because it’ll be classed as a heavy polluter, sorry to on your Chips but this might be the case,so keeping something in the prospect of it value increasing might not be a worth it.......

Peter Cavellini.

12 April 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Special low key BMW which will probably be worth a fair wack in 15 years time. A wise purchase worth keeping and enjoying, will probably be sold out by the time I finish this sentence.

.   What with EV take up on the rise, the villafication of fossils power in fifteen years you might not be allowed to drive a car you’ve kept cleaned serviced enjoyed because it’ll be classed as a heavy polluter, sorry to on your Chips but this might be the case,so keeping something in the prospect of it value increasing might not be a worth it.......

I think we'll be using oil to same extent for some time yet. If anything having 50% of all traffic mileage being EV's will mean there'll be petrol available for 50% longer, say 100 years +

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

12 April 2018

meant 'some extent' not 'same extent '

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

12 April 2018
They are not twin turbo, it's a twin scroll turbo.

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