BMW will soon introduce the M235i coupe, the first in a line of M Performance models, in early 2014 to North America. It replaces the 1-series M coupe which ended its production after having produced over 6,000 units, of which, 600 were sold in the U.S. BMW has decided to rename the next generation coupe and convertible versions of the 1-series as the 2-series but the hatchback keeps the 1-series designation.
BMW hasn’t confirmed it yet but the M235i coupe is set to debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. It is the sister model to the M135i hatchback that will start selling throughout Europe this September. The M235i coupe is based on the upcoming second-generation 2-series coupe that will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.
It will be powered by the 316-hp version of BMW's N55 turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, the same one used on the M135i hatchback, says Autoweek. An insider from BMW M division told Autoweek that this engine was certified for U.S. sales. BMW's first M Performance model, with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, will be offered in the U.S. and will come with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In addition, it gets standard rear-wheel drive and would likely be sold with optional four-wheel drive in certain states. However, the M235i coupe won't be the only BMW M Performance in the U.S. Set to arrive later in 2014 is the M235i convertible with a fabric roof, four seats and the same driveline. Since BMW announced the M Performance strategy earlier this year, the automaker added four models to its lineup in Europe. These are the 375-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel-powered M550d xDrive, the X5 M50d, the X6 M50d and the M135i hatchback.