2014 BMW M235i Coupe

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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.

Updated 05/12/2014: BMW officially announced today that a M235i xDrive version will be added to the lineup starting July 2014. The model will be offered with the same engine as the base version, but the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will go down to 4.6 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i Coupe.

Update history

UPDATE 05/07/2013: We have created a rendering of the new M235i coupe to help you get an idea of what to expect.

Updated 10/09/2013: According to a report coming fro 2addicts, the upcoming M235i will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine that will deliver a total of 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. This output will be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds when fitted the automatic transmission, or 5 seconds when mated to a manual gearbox. Top speed will be limited to 155 mph and prices will start from somewhere in the $50k area.

Updated 10/22/2013: The new BMW 2 Series will be unveiled on Friday, October 25th, but BMW showed off its newest rig to dealers. Today, we bring you the very first images of the upcoming M235i and we have a few issues with what we’re seeing. (2addicts)

Updated 10/24/2013: After the first images of the next M235i taken at a dealer presentation, 2addicts revealed today the first official images of the next sports coupe - just a few hours before the cars official debut.

Initial Spy shots and TopSpeed Rendering

BMW M235i Coupe
BMW M235i Coupe
BMW M235i Coupe

The prototypes caught testing the past few weeks were fully camouflaged, but even so, it is not very difficult to speculate a little bit on the things to come.

We expect the M235i Coupe to feature an aggressive exterior language with an M-style front bumper featuring large air intake for optimized engine cooling. The model will likely get the same headlight we have seen on the latest BMW models and the company’s now-famous slightly forward-slanting kidney grille.

The rear will likely get the same M treatment, with a specially designed bumper, taillights - like the ones we see on the new 3-Series - a trunk-lid spoiler and a sports exhaust system.

Exterior

BMW M235i Coupe
BMW M235i Coupe
BMW M235i Coupe

You can easily notice that the M235i looks rather similar to the 135i with some M components added in, with the same respective modifications you can see between the 1 Series and 2 Series: larger dimensions, squashed and stretched headlights, modified trunk line, new trunk lid spoiler, and revised taillights.

Up front, the apron features the traditional M design with large air intakes and flaps inspired by racecars. The M235i is distinguished by a BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim, exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey, striking contoured side skirts and a rear apron with its lower section finished in Dark Shadow metallic paintwork that also incorporates the exhaust system’s twin tailpipes.

For some reason, the M235i’s face lacks the to-the-grille headlights; a clear sign that BMW may have rushed to get the entire 2 Series lineup into production. The headlights are new when compared to the 1 Series, but they just don’t fit the new look that Bimmer has been rolling out. The grille also looks to get a light revision, leaning it forward slightly to give the 2 Series a sportier look than the 1 Series.

The backside is a bit of a yawn-fest, but there are some light revisions. The taillights get a light refresh from the 1 Series, and the trunk lid looks less flat than the 1er.

From the profile is really where the new M235i makes its mark, as it wraps the revised headlights, taillights and trunk lid all together to bring it all into focus. We saved this view for last, given it is really our favorite and endears the car to us much more so than the front and rear shots.

Interior

BMW M235i Coupe

For the interior, the M235i adds door-sill strips with aluminum inserts featuring “M235i” lettering. The river and passenger get the added support of sports seats wrapped in leather, a leather-wrapped M steering wheel with multifunction buttons, a BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite and Aluminum Hexagon interior trim with accent strips in matte Estoril Blue or high-gloss black.

The gearshift lever and the selector level are wrapped in leather, and there is also a special instrument cluster with digital model designation together with red dials and numbers for the speedometer and rev counter.

Because the 2 Series’ exterior grew in relation to the 1 Series, its cabin grew too. The front headroom grew by 0.7 inches and rear-seat legroom jumped by 0.8 inches. Additionally, should you opt for the Easy Entry function, the space to access the rear seats also grew by 0.4 inches.

Trunk Detail

BMW M235i Coupe

Packing luggage in the trunk is even easier too, thanks to the extra 0.7 cu.ft. of trunk space, which brings the M235i’s total tally to 13.8 cubic feet. BMW also widened the width of the trunk opening by1.5 inches (38 mm), making it easier top set larger items in the trunk. Lastly, the standard 60:40 split-folding rear seat bench allows you to select the best arrangement to maximize both seating and cargo space.

Drivetrain

BMW M235i Coupe

The M235i is powered by a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine equipped with TwinPower Turbo technology, and modifications to the cooling system, power management and sound tuning. This powerplant pushes the M235i’s output to a healthy 322 horsepower between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, and 332 pound-feet of torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm.

The engine comes mated to an eight-speed sport automatic, but an optional six-speed manual is offered at no additional cost. The M235i sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, and that drops to an even better 4.8 seconds with the standard launch control activated.

The M235i is also rather easy on gas for its performance-oriented nature, checking in at 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. With the six-speed manual in tow, the fuel economy drops to 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

Driveline Specifications

Engine3.0-Liter TwinPower Turbo I-6
Output (HP @ RPM)322 @ 5,800 - 6,000
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)332 @ 1,300 - 4,500
Acceleration (0-60 MPH)4.8 Sec (W/ Launch Control)
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)Automatic: 22/32/25 Manual: 19/28/22

Prices

BMW M235i Coupe

The new BMW M235i will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the first quarter of 2014. Prices will start from $44,025.

Competition

2014 Audi TTS

Audi TTS

Currently, the Audi TTS is one of the best-sold sports coupes in Europe and the U.S. The model is powered by a 2.0-liter, TFSI engine that delivers a total output of 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This power is enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and up to a top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The TTS has it all: great looks, enough power and a good price (about $47k). Of course, let’s not forget for those with a little more money to burn, there is also the TT-RS alternative. So, BMW will have to work hard if it wants to steal some of the faithful Audi clients.

Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z

If you ask us, the 370Z is a car that looks more the part of a sports coupe. And yes, it has another big advantage: it is currently one of the cheapest sports coupes on the market with its $33,120 starting price.

The 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, while top speed is also limited to 155 mph.

Yeah, the 370Z isn’t the luxury model that the M235i is, but it comes in at quite a bargain and will crush the Bimmer on the track — in a straight line, at least.

Conclusion

BMW M235i Coupe

The new 2 Series is a nice addition to the BMW lineup, and it gives the manufacturer a well-rounded lineup of sedans and coupes. The M235i simply adds a little more power to the 2er mix, giving it immediate credibility in the sport coupe realm. Sure, it is a little pricey, but to be able to launch to 60 mph in under five seconds makes that an easy pill to swallow.

LOVE IT
  • Looks aggressive
  • Powerful engine
  • Quite fast
LEAVE IT
  • Quite expensive

Press Release

The BMW M235i Coupe:
Topping the sporting ranks in the sub-compact segment

  • BMW M Performance Automobile with 322 hp TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine.
  • Bespoke chassis technology and aerodynamically optimized body, set-up exudes hallmark M precision.
  • Exclusive sports car interior for maximum driving pleasure.

The BMW M235i Coupe is tailor made for the driving enthusiast. It is the latest member of the BMW M Performance Automobile family, and the first for the US market. It embodies the driving dynamics that are signaled by its modified, aerodynamically optimized body design, and is propelled by the most powerful gasoline engine developed so far for a BMW M Performance Automobile. The inline six-cylinder with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology generates maximum output of 322 hp and accelerates the BMW M235i Coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, with the 8-speed sport automatic. Other ingredients in the unique character of the BMW M235i Coupe include the interplay between engine output, bespoke chassis technology and brake system as well as aerodynamic balance that is achieved with hallmark M precision.

BMW M235i Coupe

The vehicle concept of the BMW M235i Coupe responds to the desire of sporty drivers for more driving pleasure without compromising on everyday usability. Its handling properties are defined by impressive agility and precision, the result of extensive modifications made by BMW M GmbH to the components involved in maximizing the car’s sporting ability. The precisely adjustable driving characteristics of the BM M235i Coupe reflect the expertise and experience of BMW M GmbH in both motor sport and the development of high-performance sports cars.

Addictive power: six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology.

The inline six powering the BMW M235i Coupe benefits from the latest development stage in M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology and specific modifications to the cooling system, power management and sound tuning. A twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection with centrally positioned multi-hole injectors, Valvetronic variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control team up to ensure instantaneous power delivery and the free-revving characteristics typical of the brand – not to mention exceptional efficiency for this output class. The engine generates its maximum output of 322 hp between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm from its 3.0-liter displacement, while peak torque of 332 lb-ft between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm gives the engine its imposing pulling power.

BMW M235i Coupe

The BMW M235i Coupe is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox as a no cost option. In this new BMW M Performance Automobile it comes with dry sump lubrication and a short-throw shifter for particularly sporty gear changes. As a result, it dashes from rest to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. The BMW M235i Coupe comes standard with an eight-speed Sport automatic, complete with Launch Control. With Launch Control activated, the 0 to 60 mph sprint is all over in 4.8 seconds. And thanks to the high output and thirst for revs of the inline six-cylinder, impressive reserves of power are still on hand for dynamic mid-range sprints at higher speeds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) with both types of gearbox. Preliminary EPA fuel economy estimates for the BMW M235i Coupe are 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway/25 mpg combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22 mpg combined for the 6-speed manual.

Bespoke chassis tuning for maximum precision.

In order to translate this outstanding engine power into dynamic performance with an equal measure of excitement and authority, the BMW M235i Coupe features model-specific chassis technology. This includes individually configured spring and shock absorber systems, and specific elastokinematics for the front suspension. The BMW M235i Coupe also comes standard with the M Sport braking system and variable sport steering, which determines its own characteristics.

The standard, exclusive 18-inch M light-alloy wheels of the BMW M235i Coupe are fitted with mixed-sized performance tires in 225/40 R18 format for the front wheels and 245/35 R18 at the rear. The Michelin Pilot Super Sports guarantee optimum road holding and traction. Customers can also opt for the 19-inch BMW M Performance forged light- alloy wheels.

BMW M235i Coupe

Exclusive t o the BMW M235i Coupe: a BMW M Performance limited slip differential available as an accessory.

The BMW M Performance limited-slip differential will be available as an accessory for the M235i Coupe. This mechanical rear axle differential system optimizes traction in suitably dynamic driving situations. When the DSC stability system is switched off, this torque-sensitive limited- slip differential ensures drive is split between the rear wheels to optimum traction-maximizing effect. Reacting to differing torque between the driven wheels, it reduces slip at the wheel with low grip by channeling surplus drive to the other wheel through a locking effect. This controlled drive distribution leads to optimized traction and allows for even more dynamic handling at the limit. Engine power is translated into propulsion as effectively as possible to provide even more dynamic acceleration out of corners, for example.

Optimized aerodynamics, high-quality sports car ambience.

Like its chassis technology, the aerodynamic properties of the BMW M235i Coupe have also been tweaked to take into account the output of its six-cylinder engine. The front apron bears the hallmarks of M design. Its large air intakes, with flaps adapted from racing car design, also occupy the space reserved for foglamps in the 228i. In the now customary style for BMW M Performance Automobiles, they are transected by horizontal crosspieces in Ferric Grey metallic. Other features of the exterior design are BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey, particularly striking contoured side skirts and a rear apron whose lower section is finished in Dark Shadow metallic paintwork and also incorporates the exhaust system’s twin tailpipes. The package of aerodynamically optimized body features is rounded off by the standard-specification gurney flap on the trunk lid.

The car also features door sill strips with aluminum inserts bearing “M235i” lettering and a specially “tuned” interior design. It offers sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, a BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim with accent strips in matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black, leather trim for the gearshift lever / selector lever and handbrake lever gaiter, an M driver’s footrest, a special instrument cluster with digital model designation together with red dials and numbers for the speedometer and rev counter, as well as variable use of color for the interior lighting and blue detailing for the car key.

BMW M235i Coupe

Body, s a f e t y and equipment :

Intelligent lightweight design , smart details

  • Spaciousness and functionality much enhanced compared to predecessor model.
  • Comprehensive safety concept including pedestrian protection.
  • Extensive standard equipment and high-quality options help to set models apart.

The development of the BMW 2 Series Coupe has seen significant progress made in terms of spaciousness, functionality and occupant protection compared with its predecessor. The new car’s larger dimensions benefit both interior space and boot capacity. At the same time, even higher standards of passive safety have been achieved thanks to optimized material selection and innovative body construction technology, while weight has been minimized. The BMW 2 Series Coupe also includes a number of innovative pedestrian protection measures.

Its broader spread of standard equipment is another aspect of the new model that clearly sets it apart from the BMW 1 Series. And the BMW 2 Series Coupe can also be specified with a host of high-quality options that underline its premium character.

Intelligent lightweight design optimizes agility and safety.

BMW M235i Coupe

The construction techniques and materials used for the body of the BMW 2 Series Coupe are underpinned by the principle of intelligent lightweight design. This approach allows agility and occupant protection to be enhanced while keeping the car’s weight as low as possible. For example, the increased rigidity of the car’s front end has a direct effect on the dynamic properties of the BMW 2 Series Coupe.

Measures such as considered use of high and ultra-high-tensile steels lend the body increased torsional stiffness and ensure the strength of the safety passenger cell. The mean strength of the materials used in the new Coupe is 13 percent higher than was the case in its predecessor.

All-embracing concept for occupant and pedestrian protection.

The precise interplay of numerous safety components as part of a far- reaching overall concept guarantees an impressively high level of occupant protection in situations where a collision is unavoidable. This means the BMW 2 Series Coupe has everything it needs to achieve outstanding ratings in all the relevant crash tests around the world.

Extremely durable supporting structures, large deformation zones and highly efficient restraint systems coordinated by powerful control electronics form the basis for the high standard of passive safety in the new BMW 2 Series Coupe. The forces generated in a collision are diverted via precisely defined load paths, absorbed in the deformation zones and thus kept away from the extremely rigid passenger cell. In addition, further developed load path design optimizes compatibility when it comes to minimizing the consequences of accidents for other vehicles involved.

Wide-ranging measures have been implemented in the development of the BMW 2 Series Coupe as far as pedestrian protection is concerned. Relocating the intake air duct for the engine plus the air filter for the interior allowed the creation of a larger deformation zone in the hood area. The BMW 2 Series Coupe has also been designed with an “active” hood system: in the event of a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, the system automatically raises the rear part of the bonnet. This creates additional deformation capacity, and the risk of injury in a collision with particularly unyielding sections of the engine is reduced.

The standard safety equipment in the BMW 2 Series Coupe includes front airbags, side airbags integrated into the seat backrests, head airbags for the front and rear seats as well as knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Three-point inertia-reel seatbelts for all seats, belt force limiters and belt tensioners in the front, and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear are also included. The standard Tire Pressure Monitor registers a loss of pressure in individual tires and warns the driver by activating a signal in the instrument cluster.

Comfortable entry and more rear legroom .

The BMW 2 Series Coupe is significantly larger than its predecessor in terms of exterior length, width, wheelbase and track width. These increased dimensions are evident in areas such as headroom in the front seats, which has grown by 0.7 inches (19 mm), and rear-seat legroom, which is up by 0.8 inches (21 mm). In addition, the access space through to the rear is now 0.4 inches (11 mm) larger which, when combined with the standard Easy Entry function for the front seats, means that using the rear seats is a more comfortable experience.

The luggage compartment of the BMW 2 Series Coupe has grown by 0.7 cu.ft. (20 liters) and now offers 13.8 cu.ft. (390 liters) of capacity. The width of the trunk aperture is 1.5 inches (38 mm) greater than that offered by the outgoing Coupe. The standard 60:40 split/folding rear seat bench ensures additional variability when it comes to making maximum use of the car’s load-carrying potential. With large door pockets, a roomy glove compartment, two cup holders in the center console and a storage compartment under the armrest, the BMW 2 Series Coupe also offers increased stowage capacity inside the passenger compartment. The lower section of the door trim offers space for drinks bottles up to one liter in size.

Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control a nd Driving Experience Control.

The standard equipment list for the BMW 2 Series Coupe starts with the iDrive Controller and screen as well as Bluetooth hands-free and USB port. Standard equipment for the BMW 2 Series Coupe also includes Driving Experience Control – which allows the driver to adjust the suspension set-up as desired – and dual zone automatic climate control.

BMW M235i Coupe

With the optional Navigation system on board, iDrive brings with it an 8.8-inch Control Display and a Touch Controller with touch-sensitive surface which allows the driver to input characters. Among the equipment available to fulfill individual communication and entertainment requirements are Bluetooth audio streaming and the Harman Kardon HiFi system.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the BMW 2 Series Coupe:

Connectivity with added variety

Most extensive range of driver assistance systems and mobility services in the sub-compact segment.
High Beam Assistant and Active Driving Assistant enhance safety.
Standard BMW Assist eCall with enhanced automatic collision notification and BMW Teleservice included for 10 years.
Additional functions can be accessed through BMW ConnectedDrive.

The range of standard and optional equipment available via BMW ConnectedDrive ensures the BMW 2 Series Coupe occupies a leading position when it comes to the intelligent link-up of the driver, car and outside world. BMW ConnectedDrive offers a selection of innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services designed to optimize comfort, safety and the use of infotainment functions. Among the driver assistance systems available for the first time in a sub-compact model from BMW are the High Beam Assistant and optional Active Driving Assistant. The optional ConnectedDrive Services provide an optimized platform for using telephone and internet- based services, while a range of other innovative functions can be integrated into the car’s operating system via apps.

BMW M235i Coupe

Driver assistance systems enhance comfort and safety.

The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the BMW 2 Series Coupe includes a rain sensor with automatic headlight activation. Adaptive Xenon headlights including cornering light are optional. Customers can also order their car with High Beam Assistant.

Other features available for the BMW 2 Series Coupe include Park Distance Control and the rear view camera, which displays its images on the iDrive operating system’s Control Display in order to help to ensure precise and comfortable maneuvering. The likewise optional Parking Assistant aids the driver in choosing and making use of parallel parking spaces. The system identifies suitable spaces and, if desired, carries out the steering movements required to park the car.

The innovative Driving Assistant option comprises the camera-based Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning systems. The Lane Departure Warning system can be used at speeds over 70 km/h (43 mph) and alerts drivers with a visible signal in the instrument cluster and a vibration though the steering wheel rim if they have inadvertently drifted out of their lane. At speeds upwards of 15 km/h (9 mph), Collision Warning recognizes if the distance to the vehicle travelling in front has become too small. As well as triggering visual and acoustic warnings, this system primes the brakes to help the driver achieve the shortest possible stopping distance if he or she has to intervene.

Internet-based services can be integrated into the car via apps.

Innovative technologies also optimize the integration of the Apple iPhone and other smartphones, as well as music players, into the car, including the use of internet-based services. The ConnectedDrive Services option lays the groundwork for in-car connectivity by means of a built-in SIM card. This allows customers to access the internet, the Concierge Service telephone-based information facility, remote functions, the BMW ConnectedDrive range of online entertainment features. BMW Assist eCall with enhanced automatic collision notification and BMW TeleService is included for 10 years as standard equipment on every BMW 2 Series in the US.

Numerous other functions can also be integrated into the car at a later stage using apps – via a smartphone or the built-in SIM card. These include Advanced Real Time Traffic Information, web radio functions and use of social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter. The flexible app concept allows the integration both of applications developed by the BMW Group and of BMW Apps-ready applications from external providers. One app that is tailor-made for a car like the M235i is the M Laptimer. Looking forward, this capability will allow BMW drivers to seamlessly transfer numerous familiar functions into their car.

BMW M235i Coupe

The 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe represents a new dimension for The Ultimate Driving Machine. The 228i and M235i will make their world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show and arrive in US BMW centers in the first quarter of 2014.


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