Think sporty BMW passenger cars and, for many people, it is the M3 and M4 that spring to mind. Cars that have recently been put into place by the scintillating new M2. But there is another and a lesser known upstart that ticks many of the same boxes as those performance flagships, And it’s just been updated. Make that a couple of lesser known upstarts.
HD Photos of 2016 BMW M240i
BMW M240i Price (2016)
The BMW M240i coupe and equivalent M140i hatch have just received notable updates for 2017 with a power upgrade, additional standard trim and a lower purchase price. Inline turbocharged six-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive and 250kW of power and 500Nm of torque now if my school boy math’s is correct that’s more torque on paper than the new M2, and this thing costs $15,000 less.
Yep, you heard right, the recipient of a redesigned engine with a shorter intake and integrated manifold intercooler, the M240 and equivalent M140 hatch produce 35Nm more than the M2s older generation power plant on paper, at least until the M2 reaches a total 500Nm via an over boost function.
2016 BMW M240i Review Performance
The M240is performance suite also includes adaptive M suspension, variable sports steering four-piston front and two piston rear brakes and an electronic differential lock. Is the M240i a direct dynamic equivalent of the M2, well I’ll answer that in a bit. But the first impression is strong. It has crisp steering, excellent body control and that inherent front to rear balance that you’ve come to expect from BMW coupe. So a dynamic box tick there and it goes in case you were wondering, 0-100km/h takes just 4.6 seconds, in the M240i – just 0.3 of a second slower than the M2, and it uses less fuel in doing. So Make no mistake, this car is all about the driving experience, and for me, The engine has to be the highlight.
2016 BMW M240i Specs
It has this really rich torque curve That peak torque figure materializes from just 1520rpm. It sounds the business too and, paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic offers key performance in any ratio at almost any speed. Similarly, the 240is ride is more compliant than rivals of its ilk, with firm but comfortable progress over all but the bumpiest of surfaces.
Road noise and the lack of a digital speedometer are about the only real foibles regarding packaging, while limited brakes and lesser equipped tires let down the dynamic experience on the track. Now, the cars we’ve driven today do not feature that mechanical limited-slip diff and based on previous experience with the old M235i, that’s an inclusion that transforms this car But even in standard guise, the M240 feels planted and progressive. It’s a car that you feel a physical link to as the driver.
Is this thing an M2 killer? Well without that limited slip differential and some of the M-sport fine-tuning, it cannot emulate the M2s finesse and precision on a track. But as a road car, without the expensive price tag and a waiting list. It is definitely worth some consideration.