Based on current speculation that BMW's sedan and coupe version will NOT share the same Series number after 2013. We are expecting BMW to name their 2 door version of the 1-Series 4 door sedan, as the 2-Series.
To backup the speculations, BMW has trademarked the name so we know a model is coming.
Based on the new 2 Series , the M235i Racing was built to be a competitive and ultimately successful entry-level racecar . It’s been fitted with all the basic racing amenities using BMW M Performance Parts, including front and rear spoilers, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and a new rear diffuser.
Likewise, an FIA-certified safety cell and race-spec driving aids like ABS, DSC, and traction control were also installed, as as a limited-slip differential to keep the racecar in tip-top shape when it begins competition at numerous racing series like the VLN Endurance Championship.
And then, there’s the matter of performance upgrades. BMW didn’t release the exact specifications, but it did say that the M235i Racing will be powered by a 3.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 333 horsepower, nearly identical to the 322-horsepower output of the standard M235i.
The lack of substantial modifications didn’t come by accident, something BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt says was born out of the impressive components that already come out of the BMW M Performance program.
"The range is already incredibly sporty," Marquardt said. "Because of this, we did not have to make many modifications in order to get the BMW M235i Coupe up and running as a racing car."
Any racing team interested in the BMW 235i Racing can avail of the race car for just €59,500, which is about $80,000 based on current exchange rates.
Updated 12/09/2013: BMW Motorsport unveiled a new video featuring the M235i Racing showing the car in action on the race track. Enjoy!
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While waiting for the BMW M2 , the company decided to update the recently launched 2 Series Coupe with a meaner appearance thanks to pretty impressive list of M Performance parts. They can be applied to all the models in the lineup and offer both an athletic appearance and sporty interior ambiance to the new 2 Series . All the updates will be available starting March 2014.
Thanks to the new BMW M Performance parts the 2 Series Coupe will also deliver a little bit more power. For example the 220d gets an additional 16 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque. For the M235i BMW is offering a new silencer system, tailpipes in chrome or carbon and a limited-slip differential.
All the models will also get a new sports suspension that brings the model closer to the ground by about 20 mm (0.78 inches) plus a new brake system brake system with brake calipers painted in a choice of red, yellow or orange. There is also a new set of 19-inch wheels offered in two design versions.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Coupe with M Performance parts.
Everyone expected that once the new BMW 2 Series hit the market, that a more powerful M version would soon follow it. Our spy photographers caught some prototypes testing at Nürburgring, confirming the model. Now, just hours after revealing the 2 Series, BMW has lifted the veil off of the M235i.
Like the 1 Series Coupe preceded the 2 Series, the M135i and 1M preceded the M235i. Unfortunately, the M135i never available in the U.S., and the 1M Coupe was so limited that its order books closed nearly as fast as they opened.
The 1M Coupe was a mighty micro-Bimmer, with its twin-boosted, 3.0-liter, straight-six engine that tortured the concrete with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The M235i will use the same powertrain, but with its output slightly reduced to 322 horsepower.
The M2235i will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will ht the market at $44,025.
Updated 10/25/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
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BMW has already begun revitalizing its lineup with the future 3 Series Coupe and Convertible getting tagged under the 4 Series line. This treatment is also spilling over to the 1 Series , as the three- and five-door models will remain under the 1 Series name, but starting in 2014, the coupe and convertible models become the new 2 Series lineup.
When compared to the 1 Series Coupe — the model it replaces — the new 2 Series Coupe is larger, giving increased interior room for the front and rear passengers. Additionally, the U.S.-spec 2 Series loses the six-cylinder engine used in the 1 Series Coupe and makes use of a new four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and easier on fuel.
BMW will display the new 2 Series Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , but it has revealed most of the information ahead of its public showing.
It will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2014 at a base price of $33,025. Upon initial release, there will only be two variants available in the U.S.: 228i and M235i. You can see the full review for the high-performance, 2014 BMW M235i here .
Updated 10/25/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
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BMW unveiled its first teaser video confirming that the 2 Series Coupe will make its world debut on Friday, October 25th. As no surprise, the video reveals nothing about the car, but we only have a few more days to wait, so stay tuned!
The 2 Series Coupe comes in to replace the outgoing 1 Series Coupe, and it will deliver a sportier driving experience. For the European market, the 2 Series will be offered with four- and six-cylinder engines in both diesel and gasoline variants. For the American market, BMW will only offer two versions.
The base model in the U.S. will be the 228i, which will be powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower, while the top version — the M235i — will get a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 322 horsepower.
Rear-wheel drive will be standard, but an all-wheel-drive system will be offered as an alternative.
More details on the new BMW 2 Series Coupe will follow this Friday!
We have heard rumors about a possible M235i ever since BMW unveiled the M135i Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show . Back then it was rumored that the production version would carry the same M135i nomenclature, but considering that BMW has changed its naming system, the two-door coupe version will be called M235i.
Until now, all we had were rumors and speculation, but today our spy photographers caught the M235i lapping the Nürburgring. As expected, the prototype is heavily camouflaged, but it is pretty obvious it will carry an aggressive exterior look similar to other M models.
Under the hood, rumors suggest we are going to see the same engine we saw in the M135i Concept, which is a straight-six-cylinder engine with M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology that puts down more than 300 horsepower. The model will also be equipped with a rear-wheel-drive layout and sports suspension setup.
As you can see, today is a very good day for spy shots. It seems like every automaker out there is taking advantage of the first days of spring in Europe and have taken all of their upcoming models out for some testing. This time around, our spy photographers caught the upcoming 2 Series Coupe . This isn’t the first time we’ve caught the 2er, but it is the first time we caught a glimpse of its interior.
As no surprise, the upcoming 2 Series Coupe will feature an interior similar to the new-generation 3 Series’ . This interior includes a three-spoke steering wheel with controls for the main functions of the car; a cockpit specially designed to offer easy access to the important controls; and the fuel gauge, speedometer, rev counter and oil temperature gauges will all have a black-panel displays.
It looks like the future 2 Series Coupe will also be offered with standard iDrive monitor with high-resolution display. Additionally, if you consider the speedometer as an indicator of a car’s top speed, then the 2 Series will be surprisingly fast with its 260 km/h (161 mph) speedo.
Expect the new 2 Series Coupe to be unveiled sometime by the end of 2013.
It looks like the cold weather in Sweden has brought many automakers to the Swiss countryside to start testing their cars under these extreme conditions. Today is BMW’s turn to take the coupe version of the upcoming 2-Series out for some fun in the snow. That’s not really a surprise, considering the 2-Series Convertible was been caught testing in the same place just the other day.
The new 2-Series Coupe will replace the current 1-Series Coupe, a strategy that has also been applied to the 3-Series coupe, which will be replaced by the 4-Series Coupe. The new 2-Series will be built on the same platform as the 1-Series hatchback, but it will be a little bit sportier.
For the 2-Series, BMW will only offer four-cylinder engine options in either petrol or diesel formats. The petrol engines’ output will range from 150 to 218 horsepower, while the diesel engine will be a 214-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. All the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, plus, as an option, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Expect to see the new 2-Series Coupe unveiled sometime by the end of 2013.
As you probably know by now, starting with the next generation 1-Series , the Bavarian automaker will further separate their models, as hatchback models will continue to be offered under the 1-Series nomenclature, amd coupe and convertible will be offered under the 2-Series name . However, when it comes to the models included in the 2-Series lineup all we had until now where rumors.
Today, a VIN search unveiled pretty much all the models to be included in the next 2-Series. The problem is that the U.S. market will only get two versions: 228i xDrive auto and M235i xDrive auto, while the European list is considerably longer. It will include the following models; 220i manual, 225i manual, 225i auto, M235i manual and auto, M235i xDrive auto, 218d manual, 220d auto, and the 225d manual and auto.
U.S. market will also get an M235i Valencia Orange that will be powered by a 3.0-liter engine with an output of 315 horsepower (same power as current M135i hatchback) and will be painted in Valencia Orange Metallic.
Each model can be further customized with a pretty long list of options, including an M Aerodynamic package, 18-inch wheels in double-spoke design, an adaptive M suspension, a multi-function steering wheel and much more.
The upcoming BMW 2-Series Convertible made its first appearance on the roads at the end of 2012, and now our spy photographers have caught it again. This time around, the drop-top 2-Series has been taken out for some cold-weather testing in Sweden.
The new BMW 2-Series will be built on the same platform as the 1-Series hatchback, but unlike the 1-Series it will be a little bit sportier.
Under the next 2-Series Convertible’s hood will be a series of four-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel formats. The petrol engines’ output will range from 150 to 218 horsepower, while the diesel engine will be a 214-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. All of the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. As an option, customers can also order BMW’s now xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Expect the new 2-Series Convertible to be unveiled in late 2013, likely around the same time as the 2-Series Coupe.