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Eric's Autos: 2021 BMW M440i

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There is also the upside of an 11-horsepower goose -- bringing the total output of the combo to 382 horsepower and 369 foot-pounds of torque, a significant uptick from the 2020 M440i's 326 horsepower and 330 foot-pounds of torque.

Performance is also upticked.

The new M440i gets to 60 mph in just over four seconds -- which is not too far from what the previous-generation M4 was capable of.

The main difference now is that the M440i is automatic- and all-wheel drive-only, while the M4 still comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with the option to buy all-wheel drive.

What about gas mileage?

The mild-hybrid system bumps it up from last year's 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway to this year's 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Whether that hardly noticeable 3 mpg uptick is worth the uptick in the car's price is debatable, but what's not debatable is that the new M440i is much quicker than it was before.

 

On the Road

The definition of a gentleman is a guy who is nice -- but doesn't have to be. In other words, he has the capability to not be nice, but keeps it in check unless being not-nice is called for. He is the mild-mannered fellow who can become Superman when the occasion arises.

The M440i is the gentleman of high-performance cars.

It idles authoritatively but not abrasively -- just enough to let you know what it is capable of, should the need arise. And when it arises, you can almost see the "S" on the M440i's hood -- or you would almost see it, were it not for the blur of instant speed this thing delivers.

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