Motoring: BMW rediscovers its mojo with the mighty new M240i

This is a car that feels like a fabulous prelude to the last hurrah of the internal combustion engine

The new BMW M240i xDrive: prices start from €70,485. Picture: Daniel Kraus

There is a received wisdom that the modern BMW is not the brand that car enthusiasts and fans fell in love with. The Bauhaus-influenced carmaker of the 1980s has seemingly abandoned its old core competencies of subtlety and reticence, and has instead embraced brashness and a nouveau riche rejection of the traditions that made it great.

Just look at the snorting nostrils of the new BMW M3 and M4, for example, or the divisive grille ...