The M235i becomes the M240i and approaches the M2 in terms of power

The 2 Series has been around since 2014, replacing the 1 Series coupe and convertible here in the U.S. After just a few short years on the market, a facelift should be coming for the 2017 model year. At first, we only had speculation derived from a leak on Bimmerpost.com, but now BMW has spilled a few of the beans, telling us a little about the upcoming facelift. We still don’t know any details regarding what the facelift brings in terms of aesthetic qualities, but we do know that the facelifted 2 Series will get an upgrade in the power department, so it certainly has that going for it.

For now, the best we can do is guess on what other changes are coming to the 2 Series. We know that the M235i will now be the M240i, and we’re expecting to see some new infotainment technology and a slightly revised exterior. Until Bimmer spills the rest of the beans on the M240i, let’s go ahead and talk about the upgrade in power and other changes. According to BMW’s most recent press releases, the M240i should break cover in July, so let’s get to speculating before BMW pulls the sheet of the facelifted M240i convertible.

Update 6/24/2016: BMW has announced pricing information for the M240i convertible. Check the prices section below for details.
Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M240i Convertible.

  • 2017 BMW M240i Convertible
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340
  • Torque @ RPM:
    369
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.5/10

Exterior

2017 BMW M240i Convertible
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2017 BMW M240i Convertible
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For the most part, we expect the M240i convertible to look a lot like the M235i that it is replacing and, as always, the convertible should be identical to the coupe below that sexy waistline. As always, the M240i will have BMW’s signature kidney bean grille, along with that aggressive air dam and the corner air inlets. The side body lines will likely remain the same as will most of the rear end. Expected changes include slightly reshaped headlights and taillights, and the front and rear fascias may also get a little attention too. If anything happens on the side, BMW may tweak the side skirts a little to give them more character.

The M240i convertible should sit lower by a half inch thanks to the M Sport suspension, and it will ride on 18-inch M light-alloy wheels with an exclusive double-spoke design

Keep in mind that that 2017 model will only be a facelift, so if you’re expecting some dramatic changes anywhere outside, you’re going to be disappointed. But, the 2 Series as a whole already looks good, so BMW will hold off on major changes until it ushers in the second generation. Of course, the M240i convertible should sit lower by a half inch thanks to the M Sport suspension, and it will ride on 18-inch M light-alloy wheels with an exclusive double-spoke design. The Model-specific M aerodynamic package should also include the Ferric Grey mirror caps.

BMW has been known to surprise us before, so there may be other things in the works too. That said, stay tuned for updates when the M240i makes its official debut next month.

Interior

As far as interior upgrades go, don’t expect too much. Of course, it will have the three-spoke M-branded steering wheel and the brushed metal foot pad. Sport pedals will be a factory option. You’ll probably find brushed metal inserts used on the door pull handles, the trim inserts on the steering wheel spokes, the trim on the center console, and the face of the dash. Wood and carbon fiber inserts should remain available as options if you’re not into the “cold” look of brushed metal. As far as materials go, the press release from Bimmer points to cloth/Alcantara sports seats with blue contrast stitching, with the same stitching used to hold together the leather that is wrapped around the steering wheel.

Of course, the M240i will have the infotainment screen perched on top of the center stack. We expect the screen size to remain the same, but we expect the car to come equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Inductive phone charging is also on the table as a possible upgrade for Bimmer’s little Convertible. Obviously, these technology upgrades aren’t revolutionary in any sense, but it will bring the M240i up to par with other offerings on the market and keep things fresh until the next-gen model makes its debut.

Drivetrain

And here we are walking through a nasty, steamy pile of beans that BMW spilled all over the floor of the drivetrain department. The current M235i is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, straight six that was capable of delivering 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. With direct injection and variable valve lift, this power was enough to send the M235i to the 60-mph benchmark in 4.6 seconds. The M240i, however, will come with an all-new engine that promises more power and better performance.

The new B58 engine is said to deliver 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Stashed away under that muscular hood, will sit BMW’s new B58 engine. It’s still a 3.0-liter, but the cylinders are just a hair larger than that of the N55 engine, plus the turbocharger has grown a little as well. The new B58 engine is said to deliver 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The maximum torque is available as early as 1,500 rpm, while maximum horsepower comes into play at 5,500 rpm. This new engine stands for a power increase of 18 horsepower and a torque increase of 37 pound-feet. Remember back in April when M2 Chief Engineer, Frank Isenberg, said that if you wanted an M2 convertible to settle for an M235i? Well, this new power increase that comes with the M240i brings the convertible within 25 horsepower of the M2 and actually surpasses the M2’s torque rating by 26 pound-feet!

As far as the rest of the drivetrain, we expect the car to come standard with a six-speed manual and optional with an eight-speed automatic. The eight-speed will include paddle shifters behind that M Sport steering wheel. All told, the M240i should be able to hit the 62-mph sprint in 4.9 seconds with the six-speed or 4.7 seconds with the automatic – an improvement of 0.2-seconds over the M235i. The new engine also brings a fuel economy increase. The Convertible will achieve 34 mpg with the six-speed, 38.2 mph with the eight speed and 36.2 mph in all-wheel-drive guise.

Prices

The new M240i starts out at $49,745 which is, of course, before options, taxes, and delivery. In typical BMW fashion, the xDrive model will set you back an extra $2,000, now priced at $51,745.

BMW M240i Convertible $49,745
BMW M240i xDrive Convertible $51,745

Competition

Audi TTS Roadster

2016 Audi TT Roadster High Resolution Exterior
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The Audi TTS just ushered in a new generation for 2016. On the outside, the new-gen model looked more like a refresh than a redesign, but the interior did get cleaned up a little, and the drivetrain department got some attention too. The TTS Roadster looks quite similar to the TT on the outside, but it does get larger air intakes up front, which makes it a little more aggressive. The TTS comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged mill that delivers 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque (here in the U.S. the TTS Roadster won’t even be available… Sigh.) As of the time of this writing, the 2017 TTS coupe is slated to retail for $52,500, but Audi has yet to release pricing for the TTS Roadster.

Read our full review on the Audi TTS Roadster here.

Porsche 718 Boxster

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster High Resolution Exterior
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For 2017, the Boxster gained the “718” moniker and dropped the naturally aspirated engine in favor of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged mill that delivers 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Porsche claims most of the body panels for the 2017 model were redesigned, but in all reality, it still looks like a Boxster, so don’t expect any dramatic change in comparison to the previous generation. It did gain revised side mirrors and new 19-inch wheels as standard equipment, so it has that going for it. Al told, the 718 Boxster is capable of hitting the 60 mph sprint in as low as 4.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. If that isn’t enough power for you, you could jump up to the 718 Boxster S. That model comes with a 2.5-liter that delivers 350 horsepower and 209 pound-feet of torque. That takes the S to 60 mph in as quick as four seconds with the Sport Chrono package. As of the time of this writing, the 2017 Boxster is slated to retail for $56,000 in base form or $68,400 in S form.

Read our full review on the Porsche 718 Boxster here.

Competition

2017 BMW M240i Convertible
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Normally I tend to be a little aggressive toward manufacturers when it comes to lazy facelifts or redesigns. As far as the M240i goes, however, I’m not going to take that route because the exterior and interior are pretty nice as it is. I am happy to see a bump in the power department too, so that probably helps to keep me happy too. I didn’t expect Bimmer to go so far as to increase horsepower and torque output so much, but considering an M2 convertible is never going to happen, at least the M240i is pretty damn close. It even has more torque than the M2, which is a real shocker. I look forward to seeing the M240i when BMW pulls the sheet next month.

  • Leave it
    • * Probably little change to the exterior
    • * Likely price increase

Press Release

The passing of the baton from one generation of engines to the next in July 2016 will enable the BMW M Performance Automobiles in the BMW 1 Series and BMW 2 Series model ranges to showcase their stellar sporting character with even greater élan. The new six-cylinder in-line petrol engine in question – which develops 250 kW/340 hp, a 10 kW/14 hp increase in maximum output over its predecessor – not only optimises the sprinting power of the two cars, it also lowers their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The 3.0-litre unit with further developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology is a product of the BMW Group’s latest engine generation. The advances in dynamics and efficiency that come as part of the package are also expressed by the new model designations for the BMW M140i 3-door (fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km [36.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 179 g/km), BMW M140i 5-door (fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km [36.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 179 g/km), BMW M240i Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km [36.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 179 g/km) and BMW M240i Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 189 g/km).

This boost in power means the BMW M Performance members of the BMW 1 Series and BMW 2 Series model ranges now offer the same output levels as the BMW 1 Series M Coupe built between 2011 and 2012. They can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) up to 0.3 seconds quicker than their predecessors, and their fuel consumption and emissions (as calculated in the EU test cycle) are as much as 7 per cent lower. The BMW M140i 3-door, BMW M140i 5-door, BMW M240i Coupe and BMW M240i Convertible are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the latest version of the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is available as an option. And as an alternative to sending their power to the rear wheels, all four models can also be ordered with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

Setting the benchmark for power delivery, efficiency and refinement: the new six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology.

The engine developed for this quartet of compact power merchants stands out from the crowd with its instantaneous responses, high-revving ebullience and exemplary efficiency. Its dynamic power delivery is accompanied by a beautifully intense take on the emotionally rich engine sound characteristic of a BMW straight-six. The new unit has an aluminium crankcase and cylinder head, and the refinement that is likewise a hallmark of BMW six-cylinder in-line engines has been elevated to another level still thanks to new, near-source acoustic shielding. The TwinScroll turbocharger integrated into the cast-steel exhaust manifold is extremely efficient – on account of its compact construction and the presence of an indirect intercooler. Helping to minimise emissions, meanwhile, are electric wastegate control and the close-coupled arrangement of the catalytic converter.

The latest generation of VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control provides particularly precise load control, enhancing the engine’s responsiveness and efficiency. And rounding off the latest update of M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology is Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing on both the intake and exhaust sides. Also doing their bit to seal the exceptionally fine balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption for this output class are a coolant pump that operates only as necessary, a map-controlled oil pump, Electric Power Steering, the Auto Start Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and various other solutions developed under the banner of BMW EfficientDynamics.

A key element in the new engine’s ability to serve up thrillingly dynamic acceleration is the pulling power that comes on tap early and is maintained over a wide rev range. The new unit lays on peak torque of 500 Newton metres (369 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm and generates maximum output of 250 kW/340 hp at 5,500 rpm.

Six-speed manual gearbox with throttle b lipping function, eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with wider gear spread.

Technical innovations designed to enhance driving pleasure and optimise efficiency are also at work in the transfer of engine power to the driven wheels. The standard six-speed manual gearbox fitted in the compact BMW M Performance Automobiles offers an engagement speed control function to deliver exceptionally smooth gear changes. On downshifts, the transmission management increases shift comfort by initiating a throttle blipping function; as the driver shifts into a lower gear, this increases the engine’s revs to the ideal level for the target gear.

The latest-generation six-cylinder in-line engine can be combined with the likewise new version of the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as an option. With its wider gear spread and further improved internal efficiency, this automatic transmission – fitted as standard on the all-wheel-drive versions of the compact BMW M Performance Automobiles – makes an additional contribution to increasing efficiency. The option of carrying out multiple downshifts opens the door to more dynamic gearshifts and particularly swift responses to movements in the accelerator. Added to which, the cars’ driving comfort and acoustic appeal both benefit from the use of a rev-linked vibration damper. The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission provides top-class shift dynamics and, in addition to the Launch Control function delivering traction-optimised acceleration off the line, also offers a predictive shift strategy. Here, the transmission management works in conjunction with the car’s navigation system to analyse the driving situation and route profile and, in so doing, determine the ideal moment for a gear change.

Enhanced dynamics, lower fuel consumption: acceleration improves by up to 0.3 seconds, fuel consumption drops by as much as 7 per cent.

The extra dynamic potency heralded by the further developed powertrain technology is reflected by significantly improved acceleration values. The BMW M140i 3-door and BMW M140i 5-door complete the dash from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox or 4.6 seconds with the optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. All of which means they reach 100 km/h (62 mph) 0.3 seconds sooner in both cases than their respective predecessors. An identical improvement can be seen with the BMW M140i xDrive 3-door and BMW M140i xDrive 5-door, which dispatch the same sprint in just 4.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle comes in at 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres [36.2 mpg imp] for the BMW M140i 3-door and BMW M140i 5-door (automatic: 7.1 l/100 km [39.8 mpg imp]) and 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres [38.2 mpg imp] for the BMW M140i xDrive 3-door and BMW M140i xDrive 5-door. Which equates to a drop of between 3 and 5 per cent below the figures recorded by the outgoing models. CO2 emissions are now 179 grams per kilometre (automatic: 163 g/km) for the rear-wheel-drive models and 169 grams per kilometre where xDrive is involved.

The BMW M240i Coupe likewise powers from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds (automatic: 4.6 seconds) – or 4.4 seconds in all-wheel-drive guise. Those figures represent an improvement of 0.2 seconds in both cases. Fuel consumption and emissions in the EU test cycle are down by 4 to 7 per cent compared to their predecessors’ values. The BMW M240i Coupe now posts a figure of 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres [36.2 mpg imp] (179 g/km) with the manual gearbox or 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres [39.8 mpg imp] (163 g/km) when the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is fitted. The BMW M240i xDrive Coupe is rated at 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres [38.2 mpg imp] (169 g/km).

Both variants of the open-top BMW M Performance Automobile race from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) 0.3 seconds faster than before. The acceleration figures now stand at 4.9 seconds (automatic: 4.7 seconds) for the BMW M240i Convertible and 4.6 seconds for the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible. Combined fuel consumption and emissions in the EU test cycle drop by 2 to 6 per cent – to 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres [34.0 mpg imp] (189 g/km) in conjunction with the six-speed-manual gearbox, 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres [38.2 mpg imp] (169 g/km) if the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is fitted and 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres [36.2 mpg imp] (179 g/km) in the case of the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible.

Just like their further upgraded powertrain technology, the model-specific equipment compositions on board the compact BMW M Performance Automobiles are also geared to promoting a driving experience that fuels sporting ambitions. Standard specification includes M Sport suspension lowered by 10 millimetres, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in exclusive double-spoke design, an M Sport braking system, Variable Sports Steering with Servotronic function, a model-specific M aerodynamic package and exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey metallic. Playing their part in the sporting interior ambience are the cloth/Alcantara sports seats with blue contrast stitching, the M leather steering wheel and an M driver’s footrest.

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