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BMW 2 Series gets 340-hp straight-six for 2017

The base 2 has also been upgraded with a new turbo four.

Confirming an earlier rumor, BMW has announced plans to replace the M235i with a new variant called M240i.

The M240i receives a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine that's also found under the hood of the 340i, among other Bimmers. It sends 335 horsepower -- about 15 more than the M235i's engine -- and 369 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission with a rev-matching function or a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic unit. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is offered at an extra cost.

The M240i hits 60 mph from a stop in 4.2 seconds in its fastest configuration, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the outgoing M235i. The convertible model performs the same sprint in 4.4 seconds.

BMW isn't forgetting about its entry-level 2. The 228i becomes the 230i for the 2017 model year, and it gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Performance specifications haven't been released as of this writing.

The 2017 BMW 230i and M240i will go on sale nationwide in July. Pricing information will be published in the weeks leading up to their on-sale date.

The M135i is set to receive the same straight-six and adopt the M140i moniker, but BMW is still not planning on selling the hatchback on our side of the pond.

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