BMW M240i Replaces the M235i, Gets 14 Extra Horsepower

There's a huge waiting list for the new M2, but BMW has launched something that's almost as good. The M240i looks the same as the M235i that it replaces, it's faster and more economical. What's more, you can have it as a convertible with xDrive, something that's not possible on the M2.
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While the power goes up from 326 to 340 PS, torque is increased from 450 to 500 Nm, available between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm.

So what can the M240i do with 14 extra horsepower? Well, the coupe can get to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, 4.6s and 4.4s, respectively (manual, automatic and xDrive automatic, respectively). The funny thing is those are the exact scores of the new M140i hatchback, so the coupe is no longer faster.

The model looks almost the same from the outside if you ignore the dressing on the turbocharged salad. But the engine is all-new, making the 3-liter inline-6 unit that it replaces seem archaic.

The new unit has an aluminum crankcase and cylinder head. BMW has also made it sound smoother by using "nearsource acoustic shielding." The TwinScroll turbocharger integrated into the cast-steel exhaust manifold runs efficiently thanks to its compact construction and the presence of an indirect intercooler. Meanwhile, emissions are brought down by an electric wastegate control and the close-coupled arrangement of the catalytic converter.

And even though it's branded as an M Performance car, it still packs fuel saving features that you can use to conserve fuel, including the start-stop function, brake energy recovery, and a map-controlled oil pump. The BMW M240i Coupe boasts figures of 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers (33.1 mpg US), equivalent to emissions of 163 grams per kilometer.

Standard specifications include M Sport suspension lowered by 10 mm compared to the normal 2 Series, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in exclusive double-spoke design, an M Sport braking system, Variable Sports Steering with Servotronic function, an M aero package and exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey metallic. Inside, the M ambiance is portrayed using the cloth/Alcantara combination seats with blue contrast stitching, the M leather steering wheel, and an M driver’s footrest. And yes, we do know everything looks pretty much the same.


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