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BMW M240i 2020 pricing and spec confirmed: Is this the brand's last rear-drive small coupe?

With 250kW/500Nm from a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol six-cylinder engine, the M240i has plenty of grunt under its bonnet.

BMW’s soon-to-be-replaced M240i will go out in style thanks to driveaway pricing that will let buyers snap up the stylish small coupe for $74,900 later this year.

For reference, the M240i current wears a $79,100 before on-road costs pricetag.

Powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol engine, the M240i produces 250kW of power and 500Nm of torque, which is fed to the rear axle via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

As a result, the M240i can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds.

Slotting in below the 302kW/550Nm M2 Competition and above the 185kW/350Nm 230i, the M240i is fitted with adaptive M suspension, M Sport brakes, front sports seats with electric adjustment and heating to match the potent engine.

The M240i features LED headlights, ‘Cerium Grey’ front grille, black-finished mirror caps, an electric sunroof, 18-inch wheels available in three different designs and a choice of six metallic paint colours – including the pictured ‘Sunset Orange’.

Inside, BMW has fitted an 8.8-inch multimedia touchscreen with satellite navigation, 20 gigabyte internal hard drive and 12-speaker harman/kardon sound system, while keyless entry, a wireless smartphone charger and Alcantara trim also features.

Safety systems include lane departure warning, reversing camera, collision alert system and light city braking function.

BMW is expected to reveal its new-generation 2 Series soon, though whether the coupe will retain its rear-wheel-drive format is still unclear.

The new-generation 1 Series has shifted to a front-wheel-drive UKL platform, with the top-spec M135i sporting BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is also confirmed to be a front-driver, however rumours suggest the next 2 Series coupe could be built on the 3 Series-sharing CLAR platform, which would mean a drift-friendly drivetrain.