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BMW M240i Coupé
By Kevin du Plessis
Thrilling! When you fire this sexy monster up and it hums with powerful pleasure underneath you, you can’t help but feel like the envy of everyone on the road. This rear-wheel drive (unique to its segment) sporty car offers exceptional comfort, intelligence and performance with that sexy BMW sophistication the world has come to love.
Listen, if you are hitting the highway or the track, or even a bumper-to-bumper situation, this car is just everything. Its handling is superb, like it can read your mind. Turbo lag? What turbo lag? With the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and EfficientDynamics 3-litre engine combined with an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox (with manual shift paddles), you really have to be a pain in the neck to find any issues with performance. Just remember, lots of power requires lots of juice, and in all fairness for what it is, it is an immensely lightweight car. Add to that its Eco Pro driving mode and you have manageable fuel consumption figures.
The interior is perfection. Beautiful contrast stitching black leather, combined with high-gloss black and aluminium finishes. The newly designed cabin has very few joins which gives it a calmer presence. The 8,8-inch central display is the face of a very advanced infotainment and stats system, which is easy to use once you explore it thoroughly. Both touchscreen and a touchpad for fingertip writing are available and to my surprise the voice activation feature is actually not bad.
The exterior upgrades include a more striking front end with adaptive full-LED headlights and more powerfully contoured surfaces. But honestly, it looks like a BMW, and that’s that. Its boot space is quite big, which comes at the cost of having only a tyre-repair kit instead of an actual spare wheel, and talking of space, bear in mind that when you buy a two-door coupé your passengers in the back will not have a lot of room.