Hot on the heels of the not-really new BMW 2 Series refresh comes the limited-edition M240i M Performance Edition. While we'd love to say double the Ms equal double the car, the differences between this machine and the current model are just as subtle as the overall 2 Series update.
BMW says the new M Performance Edition is designed to “express the athletic appeal of the compact sport coupe even more.” That starts with the boosted 3.0-litre straight six making 340 horsepower, mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. Opt for the xDrive all-wheel drive system and you’ll be forced to choose the automatic, but either way BMW says 62mph should arrive in a touch over four seconds.
The M Performance Edition brings plenty of bling to accompany the performance. All cars will feature an Alpine White exterior with a black grille, carbonfibre mirror caps, and carbonfibre side skirts for a properly aggressive contrast. More carbonfibre exists out back with a rear spoiler and a diffuser, the latter of which features a pair of carbonfibre exhaust tips. New 19-inch wheels finished in Orbit Gray join a revamped front bumper with air guides and a prominent splitter to round out the aesthetic upgrades.
In keeping with its limited-edition nature, BMW will only produce 750 M240i M Performance Edition models with sales beginning in July. The manufacturer also says this is just the beginning of a new M Performance Edition series, so it will definitely be interesting to see what else Munich has in store for other model lines.
Gallery: 2018 BMW M240i M Performance Edition
The new BMW M240i M Performance Edition
Attractive M Performance Parts enhance the dynamic character of the sporty coupé. With the new BMW M240i M Performance Edition, BMW M is now launching a special series in line with this trend.
Munich. The desire for individualisation remains unbroken. With M Performance Parts, BMW offers sports-oriented customers the opportunity to customise their cars according to their preferences. With the new BMW M240i M Performance Edition, BMW M is now launching a special series in line with this trend. It has been designed to express the athletic appeal of the compact sport coupé even more. The Edition model already features many high-grade exterior components from the M Performance accessory program ex works. These have been harmonised with care and enhance the sporty appearance and dynamic appeal of the powerful Coupé even further. Carbon fibre or black detail parts provide distinctive contrasts to the Alpine White paintwork. The BMW M240i M Performance Edition is powered by a 250 kW/340 hp inline 6-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo Technology (combined fuel consumption: 8.5 – 7.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 195 – 176 g/km)*.
Powerful statement and outstanding athleticism.
The athletic look of the compact sports coupé is highlighted especially by the large 19 inch light alloy wheels, fitted with 225/35 R19 (front) and 245/30 R19 (rear) mixed tyres. The high-quality double-spoke forged wheels are finished in bicolor Orbit Grey and have a diamond polished visible side; at the front the special edition features areodynamics parts consisting of air guides, splitter and bumper front section, whose spoiler lip is finished in matt black. The radiator grille including kidney grille bars is also in black. The partly painted rear diffuser and a carbon-fibre rear spoiler add to the car’s expressive appeal. Here, too, carbon fibre and black colours create an impressive contrast to the car’s white paintwork.
Carbon fibre tailpipe trim with embossed M logo underline the motor racing character of this edition model. Carbon fibre outside mirror caps and the side sill attachments with foiled M Performance inscription round off the dynamic appearance of the BMW M240i M Performance Edition.
Uncompromising quality and performance. All M Performance components have been developed especially for the BMW M240i incorporating the full motor sports know-how of BMW M GmbH and are perfectly harmonised with each other. Together they optimise the aerodynamic flow pattern around the car thereby optimising its handling and driving performance. The BMW M240i M Performance Edition is assembled exclusively in the BMW Leipzig plant.
Consistently sporty, with optional BMW xDrive.
The powerful BMW M240i M Performance Edition can be ordered either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission. In addition BMW xDrive is optionally available for the high performance coupé. In this case the car always comes with automatic transmission. The compact sports car boasts impressive performance figures. In conjunction with the all-wheel drive (combined fuel consumption: 8.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 184 g/km)* it sprints from zero to 100 km/h in only 4.4 seconds, the top speed being 250 km/h for every drive variant.
The BMW M240i M Performance Edition is limited to 750 units and will be available from July 2017.
* The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on the ECE test cycle, dependent on the choice of transmission and the configuration of the drivetrain.