The market launch of the BMW 2-Series Coupe also means the arrival of the M235i Coupe, the latest member of the BMW M Performance family. As you may know already, the BMW M235i Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, that generates 326 hp (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.
The M235i Coupe hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds when using the manual transmission and in 4.8 seconds when using the eight-speed Sports automatic transmission with Launch Control activated. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph with both types of gearbox. Fuel consumption is 8.1 litres per 100 km (34.9 mpg) when using the manual transmission and 7.6 litres per 100 km (37 mpg) when using the eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox.
Moreover, the BMW M235i Coupe comes as standard with the M Sport braking system and variable sport steering. As standard, BMW offers 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 R18 format tyres for the front wheels and 245/35 R18 at the rear. As an option, customers can buy the 19-inch BMW M Performance forged light-alloy wheels available from the Original BMW Accessories range.
Another suspension-related retrofit product offered exclusively for the BMW M235i Coupe is the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential, which optimizes the traction in suitably dynamic driving situations. In terms of design, the M235i Coupe comes with a front apron that bears the hallmark of M design, featuring large air intakes with flaps adapted from racing car design, with a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and air diffuser as well as with contoured side skirts.
And this is not all as the M235i is offered with BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey, side skirts and rear apron whose lower section is finished in Dark Shadow metallic paintwork.
The door sill strips show aluminum inserts bearing “M235i” lettering, while the interior comes with sports seats for the driver and front passenger, M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, Aluminium 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. 2014 BMW M235i Coupe starts at $44,025 in the United States.
While the BMW M235i Coupe is served by a powerful engine, there is a need to properly translate this into actual dynamic performance that conveys both authority and excitement. Thus, the new BMW M235i Coupe is provided with model-specific chassis technology that entails individually configured spring and damper systems as well as specific elastokinematics for its front axle. Likewise, the new BMW M235i Coupe is provided with M Sport braking system and variable sport steering.
As standard, the new BMW M235i Coupe rides on exclusive 18-inch M light-alloy wheels as wrapped in 225/40 R18 front tires and 245/35 R18 rear tires. These high-grip tires are designed to offer optimal transfer of acceleration and braking forces to the road. Offered as options in the Original BMW Accessories range are 19-inch BMW M Performance forged light-alloy wheels.
New BMW M235i Coupe features an exclusive BMW M Performance limited-slip differential, a mechanical rear axle differential system that allows the car to further optimize its dynamic potential. This suspension-related retrofit product is designed to optimize traction in dynamic driving situations. Once the DSC stability system is switched off, BMW M Performance limited-slip differential makes sure that the split between the rear wheels maximizes traction. This system reacts to the differing torque between the driven wheels, then channels surplus drive to the wheel with greater grip via a locking effect, thereby reducing slip at the wheel with lower grip.
This well-managed drive distribution allows both optimal traction and more dynamic handling at the limit. This way, the power from the engine is actually translated into road performance as effectively as possible.