BMW’s latest range-topping models for its 1 Series and 2 Series are the M140i and the M240i, which replace the previous M135i and M235i. The new models are more powerful and fuel efficient than the previous ones. The choices will be from either the hatch or coupe, or convertible.
- Engine – 3.0-litre turbocharged capable of 335hp and 369 pound-foot of torque due to a revised turbo and improved cooling system. Therefore the power and torque figures are exactly the same as the older 1M coupe;
- Transmission in either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic;
- From 0 – 62mph the M140i rushes in 4.9 seconds with a 6-speed manual transmission – with the 8-speed automatic gearbox of the M240i it takes only 4.6 seconds. The 240i convertible takes 4.7 seconds.
- As for fuel economy: The M140i returns 36.2mpg and 39.7 for the manual and automatic versions respectively.
Clearly, the vehicles are substantially better equipped than the equivalent previous model! There is likely to be a rush to websites who buy any car for those drivers who will settle for nothing but the best!
A number of improvements to the existing range include the BMW ConnectedDrive (until now only available in the 6 and 7 Series). Wireless charging for mobile devices and easier navigation on the menu display are features. WiFi hotspot preparation is another improvement.
At a Glance
The M140i Hatchback compares very favourably with the Golf RS and Focus RS for speed alone and those who have driven it call the powertrain ‘irreproachable.’ It is also an improvement on the M135i in terms of better rear support for a more solid feel on the road and in corners, with less body roll. All in all it is great in terms of adjustable handling, has a great engine and good gearbox.
Looking at the M240i Coupe it is as good as, if not better than, others in its class. It has the improved engine, is fast and fuel-efficient.
The M240i Convertible: This soft-top sells at £ 39, 935.00. Its nearest rivals for price and class are the 4-wheel drive Audi S3 Cabriolet and the Porsche 718 Boxster S. The only, even slight, negative may be the roof operation. It is a bit ‘ungainly’ to witness as it hangs mid-air if you open it while driving – it is a specific BMW choice to half raise/lower it before opening the cover. It takes 20 seconds at up to 30mph to open it. So, better complete this before you take off.
The M140i starts at £ 31,875.00 and the M240i from £ 35,090.00. If you’re a BMW fan, the M140i and M240i will certainly have appeal.