With each passing generation, automakers intend to make the latest launch bigger, better, and of course more powerful. Even in terms of cosmetics, car designs evolve from generation to generation. A similar pattern can be seen with the all-new BMW M240i and Ford Mustang GT. The M240i is a performance-oriented sports car and in terms of specifications it is very similar to the previous generation, the M2.
The vehicle gets a lot of tuning from the M Division, and the design has also been updated. On the other hand, the Ford Mustang GT is a legendary name in the automotive world because it is one of America’s evergreen muscle cars. For 2022, the vehicle gets some under-the-hood maintenance, and the design is also reworked and sharper.
The BMW M240i and the Ford Mustang GT are two vehicles that differ in style but perfectly match in terms of performance figures and price. While they may have very different approaches to performance, they are both equally fun to drive.
BMW M240i vs. 2022 Ford Mustang GT: The Design
The BMW M240i features some interesting styling updates from the standard 2 Series Coupe, and most of them are aimed at making the vehicle look sporty. Starting from the rear, it gets a boot spoiler as standard and some M logos all around. At the front, the vehicle gets a deeper front bumper and more air to cool the engine. For the sides, 19-inch alloy wheels and wheel arch extensions accommodate larger wheels. The rearview mirror available on this Coupe is also different because it is specific to the M and is found on the larger BMW models. Some of BMW’s signature design elements remain the same, such as the kidney grille and angular LED DRLs.
With its long hood and coupe design, the Ford Mustang GT is as American as possible. The front features Ford’s signature trapezoidal grille with a honeycomb design pattern in a gloss black finish. The lower part of the front bumper also features a splitter, and the headlights have LED projector headlamps. In addition, the turn signal is also limited at the bottom of the bumper. The hood has two heat extractors with a honeycomb design similar to the front grille. In profile, the Fastback silhouette is complemented by large 19-inch alloy wheels in glossy black, and a classic five-spoke design. The Mustang also comes in a black package that trades all the chrome on the exterior in a glossy black finish. The vehicle gets a classic fastback design, and at the rear, the Ford has vertically stacked LED tail lights that take center stage.
BMW M240i vs. 2022 Ford Mustang GT: Performance
The BMW M TwinPower Turbo 3.0 liter inline 6 cylinder engine powers the M240i. The engine produces 382 HP and uses an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels using the latest generation xDrive system. The performance-oriented BMW gets upgraded brakes, stiffer suspension and an electronically controlled rear differential over the standard 2 series. All of these performance improvements deliver a 0 to 60 mph time in just 3.6 seconds, and the vehicle is capable of an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Speaking of the Mustang, the lower trim gets the EcoBoost engine which is a 2-liter turbocharged unit, but the GT is where the excitement begins. The 5.0 liter V8 engine is capable of producing 450 HP and also has a performance exhaust as an option. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with power sent to the rear wheels only. There is also the option of a 6-speed manual transmission which is equipped with a rev-matching feature. The Mustang GT can do 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 163 mph.
BMW M240i vs. 2022 Ford Mustang GT: Safety
The safety aspect is where BMW beats Ford as it gets a lot of safety features as standard, and even a list of optional features usually found on much more expensive cars. As standard, it gets front and rear parking sensors. It also comes with self parking assistance. As an option, it also gets adaptive cruise control.
The Mustang has a list of safety features that allow drivers to go faster and feel safer. While most of the features aren’t available as standard on the lower trim, the list of optional features is undeniably good. The vehicle gets a forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, which only works with the automatic transmission. Lane departure alerts and lane guard assistance are also part of the package. Blind spot monitoring and rear-traffic alerts complete most safety requirements.
The BMW M240i and Ford Mustang GT take different approaches to the same ideology. To offer a driving sensation, the Mustang provided a significantly more powerful and much more powerful engine, while BMW focused on efficiency to get the best out of the small displacement unit.
Source: Ford, BMW