My BMW M140i Shadow Edition has arrived

The Mercedes was becoming unreliable, so I've bought myself a new BMW M140i Shadow Edition.

20 January 2018
24 January 2018

My old E class Mercedes was becoming unreliable and so for the last few months I've been searching for a new car. We already have a BMW X1, which is big enough for family runs out to the countryside and holiday trips, so I decided I would break with tradition and get a new small car. But which one!?

After weeks of deliberation and research on the internet, I narrowed my choices down to: Audi S3, VW Golf R, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, Mercedes AMG A45 and the BMW M140i. In the end, I ruled out the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R mainly because of their lairy looks. I'm 46, I want something fast, yet understated.

Four wheel drive systems found in the Audi S3, VW Gold R and Mercedes AMG A45 all appealed to me, but I wasn't going to rule out the BMW M140i just because it's rear wheel drive. On the contrary, I fancied something I can have a bit of fun with, and if that means the backend flicking out once in a while, no problem!

In the end, it was the gorgeous BMW B58 turbocharged straight-6 engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox that really sold me on the BMW M140i. All the other hot hatches I considered have 2 litre, turbo charged 4-pots and nothing compares to the sound of the B58 when you floor the accelerator. The torque (369 lb ft) and horsepower (335 bhp) are immense, powering the M140i from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds.

Another compelling reason to by the BMW M140i is there are massive discounts to be had right now. I managed to get several thousand pounds off the list price and a great PCP deal. Consequently, none of the other cars come close when you consider the levels of performance you get for the money. If you're looking for a new BMW, you should speak to Tony Lewis from Berry Heathrow BMW; he sold me my car and has access to some of the best deals in the business.

I went for the 5 door over the 3 door because it's easier to get the kids in and out, plus I prefer the look of the 5 door. The Shadow Edition was a no brainer for me, as it's the cheapest way to pick up a load of additional options that you probably would have spec'd anyway. If you're interested in the exact configuration I went for, it was the base Shadow Edition with these options:

  • F20 M140i Shadow Edition 5-door Sports Hatch B58 3.0i LCI 2
  • Mineral Grey
  • Black Dakota leather
  • Media package professional
  • Sports automatic transmission
  • Adaptive M Sport suspension
  • Electric Glass Sunroof
  • Exterior Mirrors - folding with anti-dazzle
  • Seat heating, front
  • Brushed Aluminium interior trim with Black high-gloss finisher
  • Park Distance Control (PDC), front and rear
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • High-beam Assistant
  • 18 inch M Double-spoke style 436M light alloy wheel in Orbit Grey
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel

The base Shadow Edition includes all of the following as standard:

  • M Sport braking system
  • Variable sport steering
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1)
  • Sun protection glass
  • Floor mats, velour
  • First Aid Kit & Triangle
  • Rear-view mirror, auto dimming
  • Sport seats, front
  • Extended storage
  • Armrest, front with sliding adjustment
  • Rain sensor with auto. headlight activation
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Extended Interior Light Package
  • 12V power sockets
  • Passenger airbag deactivation, front
  • Head restraints, rear and folding
  • DAB digital radio
  • Harman Kardon - Hi-Fi
  • BMW Emergency call
  • BMW TeleServices
  • BMW Online Services
  • Real Time Traffic Information
  • Bluetooth hands-free with USB audio interface
  • Black panel display, full
  • M Steering Wheel
  • M aerodynamic bodystyling
  • Exterior trim, High-gloss Shadowline
  • Headlining, Anthracite