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Eric's Autos: 2021 BMW M440i

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A few years ago, BMW stopped selling two-door versions of its 3 Series ... by calling the two-door versions of the 3 Series the 4 Series. When you add an M to 4, you get a high-performance two-door version of BMW's 3 Series sedan ... which isn't an M4, the much more expensive but fairly similar otherwise ultra-high-performance two-door version of the 3 Series BMW also sells.

Confused yet?

Let's try to unwind that!

What It Is

The M440i is the high-performance version of BMW's 4 Series coupe, which is based on the 3 Series sedan.

It is similar in looks -- and under the hood -- to the BMW M4, which is an extremely high-performance coupe that's also based on the 3 Series but differs in being much less expensive -- $58,500 to start versus $71,800 for the M4.


Both have BMW's legendary inline 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine -- with a pair of turbos -- under the hood. But the M440i's version is mildly hybrid, with a 48-volt electrical system designed mainly to reduce emissions by enabling the engine to cycle off and on more often and less noticeably.

Also: The M440i is automatic-only and comes with all-wheel drive standard, while the M4 comes standard with a six-speed manual and offers all-wheel drive as an option.

What's New

The '21 M440i is all-new.


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