I recently had the opportunity to drive the new 2022 BMW xdrive m240i, to see if it really did bring back that old-school BMW spirit, as its official corporate literature claimed. Judging from its spec sheet, the M240i should be a real riot to drive. Btu is?
Let’s take a look at that spec sheet first, okay? The BMW M240i xDrive is based on a modified version of BMW’s CLAR architecture and uses the brand’s ubiquitous and excellent architecture. B58 engines. That engine makes 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, like every other B58-powered M Performance car. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and, in this case, has four-wheel drive. According to BMW, the M240i is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, which puts it just a few tenths off the mark of the much more powerful BMW M3. The only drawback is the weight; the M240i xDrive weighs just over 3,800 pounds, despite being small on the outside.
Sounds good, right? But is it as good as it sounds when you take it on a twisty section of road? Fortunately, the answer is yes. The BMW M240i is an excellent car to drive, with precise and responsive steering, a balanced chassis and even a fairly comfortable steering wheel. While it’s not quite as revolutionary as the 2002 BMW was in the early ’60s, as BMW said, it’s really good and as close as it gets.
However, the M240i is not perfect by any means. Its backseat is still too small for someone with legs, it’s a bit pricey, and its interior is a bit bland. Plus, there are probably better sports cars out there for the same price. However, the BMW M240i combines many excellent attributes to create one of the best sports cars for the daily driver on the market. It’s also, IMHO, the best driving non-M Division BMW.