DRIVEN: BMW M240i Convertible

The BMW M240i is the smallest convertible BMW builds. Yet despite this, it’s quite possibly one of the most exciting cars to drive from their range of convertibles. When you look at it this way its quite a combination: twin-turbo straight six engine upfront, rear wheel drive, a beautiful exhaust note, and a removable top. Sounds like quite a recipe and it sure is.

Based on the M240i Coupe the convertible sibling is 150 kgs heavier due to the roof mechanism and extra body strengthening. Aside from the extra weight, it wears the same equipment as the coupe; wider grilles at the front, grey wing mirror casings, sports suspension, sportier front and rear bumpers, and 19-inch multi-spoke wheels. We’re big fans of metal roofs as it maintains the coupe-like shape, but in the name of saving boot space, we are satisfied with how it looks with the top up. With the top down it’s a stunner and the soft top disappears in just 22 seconds.  Inside is what you’d come to expect from BMW.

The interior of the M240i is simply beautiful and very comfortable up front. I wouldn’t say the same about the rear seats. Its less for adults and more for small kids. The cabin is wrapped in soft-touch materials, a beautiful leather sports steering wheel and an 8.8-inch touchscreen upfront (optional extra) with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system which can be operated via touch or using the rotary dial on the center console. It also features Apple Car Play (optional extra) and we love how it responsive it is and how easy it is to use.

Power in the M240i comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 250kW and 500 N.m of torque. An eight-speed comes standard on this model which we love so much. Despite the extra 150kgs its very agile and is so rewarding to drive. With such an amazing soundtrack it was quite difficult to drive on ECO Pro and comfort mode. Having driven mostly in Sport mode we didn’t come near claimed fuel consumption figure which is 7.4 L/100km. Instead, we had to settle for a 12.4 L/100km which we won’t complain about since it offers such a rewarding drive. 

If you’re looking for a convertible which offers awesome driving dynamics and great looks, look no further. You could spend R44k less and get a BMW 420i Convertible with an M Sport package. But I’d say sacrifice space, drop the top and enjoy that 6 cylinder symphony from the M240i convertible. 

Specs

Engine: 3.0 litre 6 cyl petrol
Power: 250 kW @ 5000rpm
Torque: 500 N.m @ 1,520–4,500rpm
Transmission: 8-Speed automatic 
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 250 km/h 
Fuel Consumption: 7.4 L/100km (claimed)
Price: R 815, 998.50

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