The current BMW 1-Series M Coupe has had its fair share of success on the market, so BMW ’s plans to develop a successor for it shouldn’t surprise anyone. The new sports coupe will be based on the next generation 2-Series and will most likely be badged the M253i (known as the M135i Coupe until recently). A coupe version will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, while a convertible version will arrive later in 2014.
The future M235i will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 316 HP. The engine was recently announced in the M135i , but according to Autoweek, this engine has been certified for U.S. sales.
The M235i Convertible will be offered with a fabric roof and will have enough interior room for four people. The exterior will be distinguished by the usual BMW M Performance package which includes a front apron with large air intake vents and three-dimensional flaps, an impressive rear apron with dual exhaust pipes, and 18" M light alloy double-spoke wheels.
Updated 11/18/2013: Based on the recently launched M235i Coupe, we created a pretty cool rendering for the convertible version. We hope you’ll like it.
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Creating a rendering for the upcoming M235i Convertible was pretty easy once we had the M235i Coupe. As you probably imagined all we need to do was to remove the top and we came with an image that will offer you a pretty good idea on how the sports convertible will look like.
On the exterior you should expect the same aggressive design language that was unveiled on the M235i Coupe, except of course the lack of the fixed top.
Up front there will be an apron in the usual M design featuring large air intakes and flaps inspired by racecars. The updates continue with specially styled side skirts, a more stylish trunk lid that with an integrated spoiler; and a rear apron that includes a plastic, diffuser-like insert and some extra creases.
The interior will be updated with the usual M elements, like 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.
Under the hood the upcoming M235i Convertible will get the same engine from the coupe: a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine equipped with TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 322 horsepower between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, and 332 pound-feet of torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in about the same 5 seconds as the coupe.
The new BMW M235i Convertible will be put on sale sometime in 2014 and prices will be announced at a later date.
The Audi TTS is currently one of our favorite sports cars on the market - and one of the best sold. It 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 only problem is that the TTS is priced from about $48k - which is a little bit more that what we expect from the M235i Convertible (keep in mind that the M235i Coupe is priced at $44,025).
For customers interested more in luxury than in sporty driving there is always the Porsche Boxster, in its S version of course. The model gets a 3.4 liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 315 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 173 mph.
Luxury costs of course as the Boxster S is priced from $62,100.
gallery: Porsche Boxster
The upcoming M235i Convertible could be one of the models we’ve been waiting or a very long time, especially from BMW. It is a nice step forward from what the 1 Series used to be, and while is surely not as cool as the 1M Coupe, we are pretty sure it will enjoy a great success.
M design elements
Not official just yet