BMW M140i and M240i make their debuts
As is generally the case BMW’s model range will go through a series of changes and upgrades this summer and two of the machines set to benefit this year are the M Performance M135i and M235i which both receive the new B58 six-cylinder engine and see their names change to M140i and M240i respectively.
The new engine doesn’t gain any additional capacity, but does receive a power hike of 14hp, swelling maximum power to 355bhp, and now has a maximum torque output of 369lb ft – a gain of 37lb ft over the out going model. The three- and five-door M140is and the M240i Coupé all knock off the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in 4.8 seconds (4.6 if equipped with the eight-speed auto) while the M240i Convertible is a tad slower at 4.9 seconds for the manual and 4.7 seconds for the auto. Despite this improvement in performance the new M Performance models see a seven per cent improvement in fuel economy, with the auto version knocking on the door of 40mpg.
On-the-road prices for the M140i starts at £31,875, the M240i Coupé costs £35,090 and the Convertible is listed at £38,535. Models are available to order now, with production taking place from July onwards.