The 2017 BMW M240i Performance Edition has been revealed this week, bringing various visual and performance-themed enhancements to the company’s sporty small coupe.
From the outside, the M240i Performance Edition can be distinguished by its 19-inch ‘Orbit Grey’ bi-colour light alloy wheels wrapped in 225/35 R19 front and 245/30 R19 rear rubber, a sportier front bumper and matte-black splitter, black grille, a carbon-fibre rear spoiler and a new rear diffuser with carbon-fibre-trimmed tail-pipes.
Other exterior additions include carbon-fibre mirror caps and M Performance inscriptions in the side sills.
Inside, the Performance Edition gets Alcantara highlights on the steering wheel – including a red 12 o’clock marker on the rim – though the company is yet to divulge whether these new trims extend to the seats and wider cabin elements.
Under the bonnet is the familiar 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six petrol engine, developing a meaty 250kW of power and 500Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Drive is sent as standard to the rear wheels, though the company’s xDrive all-wheel drive system is available as an option in overseas markets, matched exclusively with the eight-speed auto.
The rear-wheel drive version can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, while the all-wheel drive system cuts this down to 4.4 seconds – the all-out M2 claims 4.3 seconds – on its way to an electronically-governed top speed of 250km/h.
Launching globally in July, the M240i Performance Edition will be limited to just 750 units worldwide.
BMW’s local arm is yet to confirm the M240i Performance Edition for our market yet, though with the locally-created M140i Performance Edition having just arrived, a special limited-run version of the 2 Series coupe would be a good fit as part of the updated range coming later this year.
Adam Davis, product communications manager for BMW Australia, said: “We are currently evaluating how it would sit within the local range come LCI time (‘lifecycle impulse, BMW’s term for a mid-life refresh, which this model is a part of). From there, we will assess customer/dealer desire, availability and allocation”.
“We have had a good run with limited-edition M and M Performance vehicles of late, and Aussies love performance cars.”
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