Everyone expects that once the new BMW 2 Series hits the market, a more powerful M version will be in tow. Our spy photographers have already caught some prototypes testing at Nürburgring and BMW previewed the model with the 1M Coupe and the M135i.
Unfortunately, the M135i never made it to the U.S. and the 1M Coupe was an extremely limited model whose order books closed nearly as quickly as they opened.
The M1 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. We anticipate that the M235i will use the same powertrain. In fact, with the revisions that BMW is currently undergoing, we may even see a few more horsepower from the six-pot. .
UPDATE 05/07/2013: We have created a rendering of the new M235i coupe to help you get an idea of what to expect.
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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.
Currently, the Audi TTS is one of the best-sold tiny 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 272 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This power is enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and up to a top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The TT-S has it all: great look, 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.
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 VQ37VHR 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.