Up next:

BMW M240i Coupe (2017) review

Published:17 January 2017

The new 2017 BMW M240i Coupe: the CAR review
  • At a glance
  • 5 out of 5
  • 5 out of 5
  • 3 out of 5
  • 4 out of 5
  • 5 out of 5

By Matt Joy

Former associate editor of CAR magazine

By Matt Joy

Former associate editor of CAR magazine

► We test new BMW M240i Coupe
► It replaces BMW M235i
► CAR magazine review, specs 

Less than 12 months ago the M235i was riding high. Occupying a unique position as a premium hot coupe but with purist appeasing rear-wheel drive, it was the right size, more than fast enough and far from silly money.

Then the M2 rocked up with its bulging pecs and tore it a new parking space...

So tell us all about the new BMW M240i...

Even though the M Lite has been transformed into the beefier-sounding M240i it’s difficult not to be distracted by the idea of something better around the corner, but unlike the Leave campaign there’s some substance to it.

Both the 1-series and 2-series receive the latest 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol, already at work in the 3-series but more importantly boosting the M240i to 335bhp and 369lb ft at just 1400rpm– hardly figures to be sniffed at.

Chassis tweaks too

There are other mechanical tweaks, including automatic throttle blips on downshifts for the manual while the eight-speed auto gets wider ratios and launch control. BMW also claims improved engine smoothness thanks to a vibration damper and better noise via an acoustic shield.

Modest improvements, maybe, but they contribute to a classy and intoxicating powertrain. Smooth and responsive at low revs with impressive linearity for a turbo unit, it still gives a high-rev punch.

Zero to 62mph is done in 4.8 seconds, faster with the automatic – both quicker than the four-wheel-drive Golf R.

Ride, handling

It might be something of a cliché but giving the front and rear wheels their own jobs to do pays dividends when you start to play.

The steering is sharp but not hyper and the rear drive gives plenty of scope for artistic angles of corner entry. There’s more than enough power to make things really interesting but when you’re just pressing on it never feels like it’s fitted with castors.

Add in the delightfully snickety six-speed manual and you’ll almost certainly end up annoying your passengers.

Visually the M240i is as before, the M Performance add-ons helping to disguise the slightly odd 2-series proportions, while the cabin design is the usual BMW-slick although the materials are not of the order of bigger models.

Verdict

All this extra – including a slight improvement in mpg – is via a price increase of just £355. At £35,090 for the manual it’s £3k more than a Golf R, but almost £9000 less than the M2, which is sold out for the next 12 months anyway.

Maybe baby brother isn’t the lesser choice after all...

More BMW reviews by CAR magazine

Specs

Price when new: £35,090
On sale in the UK: Now
Engine: 2979cc turbocharged 6-cyl, 335bhp @ 6500rpm, 369lb ft @ 1400rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 4.8sec 0-62mph, 155mph, 36.2mpg, 179g/km CO2
Weight / material: 1545kg/steel
Dimensions (length/width/height in mm): 4454/1774/1408mm

Rivals

Other Models

BMW 2-Series Cars for Sale

View all BMW 2-Series Cars for Sale

BMW 2-Series Leasing Deals

Photo Gallery

  • BMW M240i Coupe replaces the M235i
  • Glory be: a manual handbrake remains!
  • BMW Connected Drive now on the BMW 2-series
  • Like a BMW M2 Lite: we test new M240i
  • M240i = lotsa fun for a bit less dosh than the full M
  • Inside the BMW M240i cabin
  • The BMW M240i's boot: not that big, at 390 litres

By Matt Joy

Former associate editor of CAR magazine

Comments