While poring over our test data for the redesigned 2022 BMW M240i xDrive coupe, a friend called to tell us about the new pre-owned car he’d just bought: a 2019 BMW M2 Competition. Which made for a record-scratching coincidence, given that we’d just noticed a surprising similarity between the performance results of this second-generation M240i and those of the, you guessed it, 2019 M2 Competition models we tested a couple years back.
For the unfamiliar, the rear-wheel-drive-based 2-series coupe is not to be confused with BMW’s 2-series Gran Coupe sedan, which is a very different, front-drive-based animal. The optional turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the newest iteration of the M240i now makes 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which matches the output of the M340i (a 255-hp 2.0-liter turbo four is standard.) Those figures make for increases of 47 horses and a single pound-foot over last year’s M240i . A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter remains standard, but the new car’s gearbox gains shorter ratios for the first three gears, quicker shifts that are reminiscent of a dual-clutch unit’s, plus launch-control functionality. This all adds up to a hellacious 3.6-second run to 60 mph and a 100-mph sprint in 9.1 seconds, beating the times for a 2017 rear-wheel-drive M240i automatic by a sizable 0.7 and 1.2 seconds, respectively, despite the new all-wheel-drive car weighing an additional 307 pounds, at 3877.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.