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A special and comfortable car for true BMW enthusiasts

To get a pure BMW these days you have to count to 2. By that I mean 2.

The 1er started with all of Beemer’s party tricks. They were rear-wheel drive with the option of six-cylinder engines. But that is no longer the case.

Hop on the 2 Series coupe and everything looks more BMW-like

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Hop on the 2 Series coupe and everything looks more BMW-likeCredit: Mark Fagelson
With this engine you get the full BMW experience

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With this engine you get the full BMW experienceCredit: Mark Fagelson
A little Beemer that behaves like a real Beemer, if you will

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A little Beemer that behaves like a real Beemer, if you willCredit: Mark Fagelson

Today’s 1 Series is front-wheel drive and is only powered by three- and four-cylinder engines. Or you can have xDrive, which is BMW code for all-wheel drive.

This means that a BMW 128ti corresponds to a Volkswagen Golf GTI. Front-wheel drive and 265 hp.

The top-of-the-line M135i xDrive is more Golf R. All-wheel drive and 306 hp. Both great cars, but not signature BMWs.

However, if you step up to the 2 Series coupe, everything starts to look more BMW-like. You get the full BMW experience.

The entry-level car is rear-wheel drive, although it uses four-pot engines, petrol and diesel. They are marked 220i and 220d.

But if you opt for the M240i you get that sweet-sounding 3-litre six-cylinder engine, albeit with xDrive as standard.

The top bodies from BMW’s M division – M means motorsport for the road – have ensured that it’s heavily rear biased and the front wheels only grab when you’re in trouble.

There’s also a full-fat M2 on the way. Expect this to be 450 horses, with a choice of rear-wheel drive and xDrive, and plenty of carbon-fiber lightness. We’ll see it this fall.

MMMM… SO DELICIOUS

BMW M turns 50 this year and we’re expecting at least four new high-performance cars: M2, M3 Touring, M4 CSL and XM

. The latter is a 750 hp SUV that combines a V8 engine with a high-performance electric motor.

Damned. It is the first independent M model since the legendary BMW M1.

Until then, there’s the M240i, which we’ve just reviewed here. I would have one in a heartbeat.

Really powerful. Seriously fast. Zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.

The steering is razor sharp. The suspension surprisingly supple. Perfect weight distribution of 50:50. The brakes like anchors. Besides, xDrive is your friend on a greasy road.

Put it all together and the result is a car that flips satisfactorily from corner to corner.

From the moment you walk in you just know the next half hour or so is going to be fun. But it also works as a long-distance cruiser.

It’s super comfortable. The seats are widely adjustable. All of the equipment looks and feels expensive. And there’s a good balance of screens and switches for essentials. Just put your least favorite kid in the back.

This is a special car. A niche car? Yes. But that’s on purpose. The 1 Series is designed for many more customers, giving BMW the freedom to make the 2 Series for true enthusiasts.

A little Beemer that behaves like a real Beemer, if you will.

Now I’m going to put the same old needle on the same old platter and repeat again: This could be the final dance for zesty little cars like this.

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With the world rushing headlong towards electrification, will BMW make it again in six years? I doubt that.

So let’s enjoy them while we can. About 2 you.

The steering is razor-sharp and the suspension surprisingly supple

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The steering is razor-sharp and the suspension surprisingly suppleCredit: Simon Thompson

Important facts

BMW M240i XDRIVE

Price: £45,795
engine: 3-liter 6-cylinder turbo
perfomance: 374 hp, 500 Nm
0-62mph: 4.3 sec
top speed: 155km/h
Business: 34mpg
CO2: 199g/km
out of: Now

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8652337/bmw-m240i-xdrive-review/ A special and comfortable car for true BMW enthusiasts

Fry Electronics Team

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