BMW M240i xDrive Coupe Review
Prestige Singapore|January 2022
The BMW M240i xDrive Coupe was such a hoot to drive along mountain passes and motorways, says Tony Tan, who travels to Munich to test-drive the new model.
Tony Tan

Cars are getting bigger. While this is great for ferrying passengers and carrying cargo, it does worry driving enthusiasts who are concerned that compact, two-door rides will be going the way of the dinosaur.

BMW has had a slew of small coupes that have won over the hearts, and wallets, of many small car aficionados through the years. The E36 M3 Coupe from the 1990s and E46 M3 Coupe from the first half of the 2000s are two of my favourites.

I know what most of you must be thinking when I named these two-door cars – these aren’t small cars as they were both based on the 3 Series Saloon, which were proper family four-door models.

Let me clear up the “confusion”: The latest BMW M240i xDrive Coupe, which will hit our shores sometime in the first quarter of next year, is longer than both M3 Coupes mentioned above.

To make matters “worse”, the new model will also be longer and wider than its predecessor. Does this mean we won’t be able to enjoy the sheer driving pleasure that a compact BMW coupe can give?

FIERCE CREATURE

After driving the M240i Coupe over three days, on some of the finest asphalt in Munich, I can tell all BMW lovers to relax and take a chill pill – this new ride is as fun and engaging as any of your favourite small BMWs.

Before we dive into the driving experience, I must mention how much I like the way it looks.

That longish bonnet and extroverted exterior design with sporty proportions make it look fast even when it is standing still. The new kidney grille now sports vertical flaps in place of classic bars and the circular headlights, with full-LED tech, recall the legendary BMW 02 models. The widened track at the front and rear, coupled with the longer wheelbase, endows the car with a squatter stance.

Whether on the move or parked by the roadside, the M240i Coupe attracted admiring stares everywhere I went.

And speaking of the places I visited, one of the key locations where I had the opportunity to exploit the car’s prowess was the Oberjoch Pass.

This twisty 5.7km road has no less than 106 turns and climbs almost 300m. It has motor sport history too. Right up until 1989, it held the German round of the European Hill Climb Championship. At an event like this, the entire stretch of road is closed to the public. Competitors start at the base and race up the pass as fast as they can until they cross the finish line.

While Oberjoch Pass wasn’t closed to traffic that day, on a few runs, uphill and downhill, there were decent portions where there weren’t any cars and I pushed the M240i Coupe as hard as I could.

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