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There are a lot of 2+2 coupes out there. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Audi, Porsche, the list goes on and on.
The thing with this 2+2 coupe from the Bavarian company, though, is that it's a baby M2. No, I promise you. The other day, I saw a video on YouTube about an M2 CS vs an M240i and they're very similar in performance.
To let you know what I mean and to spare you the hassle of finding it out for yourself, I shall tell you the results. On the standing start, the M2 was surprisingly slower but on the running start at 60 mph, the M240i was slower.
These two cars are essentially the same thing albeit with different styling and color options. And apparently, speaking of colors, the most sought after color right now for the M240i is what is known as "Thundernight Metallic." For those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically purple with a fancy name; glorified purple, if you will.
I'm not entirely sure how the folks from Bavaria came up with that name, but it sure as hell sounds like it's a great name for a modern-day rock band.
Specs and Options
For this bit, I have to be a bit boring. So just like the previous F22 generation of the 2 series, the G42 has a choice of either a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 that produces, get this, 306 horsepower and 450 Newton meters or 332 pounds feet of torque which is then mated to an 8-speed automatic—automatic in a sense that it has a torque converter.
The 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 produces a whopping 335 horsepower and 500 Newton meters or 368 pounds feet of torque. This, then, is mated to an 8-speed DCT transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
For those of you who are asking, none of the 2 series variants has a manual gearbox. Personally, I prefer the automatic or DCT but what of the manual folks? There are people out there who prefer manuals so I believe we shouldn't scrap the manual transmission all together. SAVE THE MANUALS for crying out loud. No one gets left behind.
If those power figures don't impress you and clear your sinuses, I don't know what will!
As for acceleration, the M240i, which I'm writing about in this article, can hit 60 from a standing start between 4 seconds flat to 4.4 seconds. I'd say that's because of multiple factors like gradient of the road you're in, atmospheric temperatures, humidity, tires, fuel, etc.
Now that I've bored you to bits, let's get on with the drive, shall we? (And don't you worry about the 4-door Gran Coupe especially the M235i. I'll get to that in another article. Also, from my last post about the MTVR truck, I haven't forgotten about the FMTV 6x6 either.) So hold on to your hats cause imma floor this thing.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THIS THING IS FAST! Ouch, the pain of acceleration when your body parts are left behind while the car is in motion. It's a miracle my spine is still intact with the sheer tenacity and power of the brutal acceleration!
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Mind you, the M240i comes standard with xDrive. That's BMW's All Wheel Drive system which is perfect for handling. Brake and downshifting into the corners now and you can hear the tires squealing for mercy as I do 60 miles an hour through that and can feel the xDrive kicking in to prevent me from killing myself.
Another reason why this car is so maneuverable is because it's only got 2 doors, like the old M2, which means better cornering at the bendy bits. This feels like an Evo X, if I'm honest; although with two more cylinders and only two doors.
And I still don't understand why they've bothered with two seats at the back. They should've just made it like the Audi TT RS or Jaguar F-Type. You don't need four seats in this thing!
There's just one thing I absolutely hate about this car, though. And that's the sunroof. Why in the name of all that's holy, do car makers insist on getting a sunroof? It adds weight, wears out the upholstery if left open and will break in a hail storm.
I saw Titanic when it came out in 1997, ok? Got a hole in it, sank. Same thing with this.
Modifying the M240i
As an ex car mechanic, I see the possibility of modularity with these cars. Most notably the engine/motor. As stated earlier, it's got a three-oh under the hood with a single turbo producing xoxo power and xoxo torque. Yeah, sure, whatever.
Now, what I plan to do with this car is add a few aftermarket upgrades so listen up, buttercup. If I do get my hands on one of these things, I shall add:
- Engine oil cooler
- Engine oil 0W-20
- Transmission oil cooler
- Fully metallic brake pads, rotors, calipers
- Stainless steel brake hoses with PVC outer covering
- Dot 4 brake fluid
- 3x T-6 turbos (if it can fit)
- 1x Rotrex Centrifugal Supercharger (for low end torque)
- Sunroof delete/removal
I'll also have to remove the rear seats since I won't be needing them for track day. Yes, if I get one of these, I'll use it only for the track. Bite me. This might cost a pretty penny but who knows? It might bring the power and torque up to six hundred heavy horse.
That is, of course, if I got the money for it. I'm broke now cause of the pandemic and there doesn't seem like a light at the end of the tunnel so I'll just keep dreaming. Ha!
Is the M240i Worth It?
Is this car worth it? Absolutely! Even if it's a bit pricey and comes with a stupid sunroof and no manual option? Yes and no.
BMW, you need to bring back the manual for this thing. Automatics are somewhat questionable on the track but DCT's are the best for the track cause they make faster lap times but don't leave our manual brothers and sisters behind.
I'll see you in the next article, folks!
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