Until the M2 G87 debuts in October, the M240i is the temporary king of the hill. Depending on where it’s sold, the M Performance coupe has either 369 horsepower as it’s the case in Europe or 382 hp for the car available in the United States. Over in Australia, people buying the M Lite 2er get the more powerful configuration thanks to the lesser emissions regulations compared to those in the European Union.
Aussie publication Performance Drive spent some time with a Thundernight Metallic example equipped with xDrive. As a side note, BMW recently started production of a slightly more affordable and slower rear-wheel-drive M240i. The AWD setup came in handy that day on a damp and twisty road before the car was subjected to a few straight-line runs under hard acceleration.
It might not be a real M car, but the sound and performance delivered by the B58 engine are pretty solid. Whether it’s in-gear acceleration or from a standstill, the turbocharged straight-six pulls strongly in a car that isn’t necessarily light . It’s especially true for the xDrive model, but you can go for the RWD model and shave off 55 kilograms (121 pounds).
The acceleration tests conducted by Performance Drive revealed a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 4.26 seconds. We’ve seen better results, but it’s still below the 4.3-second time quoted by BMW. Without the launch control turned on, the M240i needed 4.67 seconds to complete the task. The Australian magazine also subjected the speedy coupe to a 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) sprint, which took 14.7 seconds.
The AWD-equipped machine completed the quarter mile in 12.41 seconds at a trap speed of 115.6 mph (186.2 km/h). Perhaps the most relevant acceleration test of all was the run from 37 to 68 mph (60 to 110 km/h) since overtaking maneuvers are usually done within this speed range. The compact BMW needed just under three seconds to get the job done.
BMW M’s last non-hybrid car, the M2, won’t necessarily be a lot faster since it’ll come only with rear-wheel drive. It will be the only way to get a clutch pedal in the 2 Series Coupe as all the others come exclusively with an automatic, including the M240i featured here.
Source: PDriveTV / YouTube