BMW M235i Coupe will be available with xDrive all-wheel drive starting this summer

Article by Christian A., on May 14, 2014

BMW M235i Coupe was offered only with rear-wheel drive but it appears that things are about to change as the Bavarian carmaker will offer the sporty coupe also with xDrive all-wheel drive. Starting this summer, the M235i Coupe will be available for those who want even more traction for their vehicle.

The M235i Coupe comes as standard with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers 326 hp (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.

As a result, the M235i Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds when using the six-speed manual transmission and in 2.8 seconds when equipped with the eight-speed Sports automatic transmission with Launch Control activated.

M235i Coupe xDrive is expected to zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds when using the eight-speed transmission. This means 0.2 seconds quicker than its RWD brother. Top speed is expected to be limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.

The standard 2014 BMW M235i Coupe starts at $44,025 in the United States, which means that the AWD version will be more expensive. Expect the new M235i Coupe xDrive to arrive this summer!

For the BMW M235i Coupe, there was a need to transform all of the exceptional engine power to dynamic performance that is both authoritative and exciting. To make this possible, BMW equipped a model-specific chassis technology. The chassis not only comes with spring and damper systems that have been individually configured but the front axle have those specific elastokinematics.

This is not all as the M235i Coupe has been fitted with the M Sport braking system and variable sport steering as standard. With this, BMW’s latest offering is able to reveal its own qualities. A feature that is exclusive to this model is the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential. This suspension-related retrofit product will be offered at the launching of the M235i Coupe.

What this mechanical rear axle differential system does is to optimize the traction to make the model suitable to whatever dynamic driving condition. Should the driver decide to deactivate the DSC stability system, the limited-slip differential, being torque sensitive, makes sure that the drive is divided between the wheels in the rear to the point that the optimum traction is maximized.

Since it is able to react to the difference in the torque that is present between the vehicle’s driven wheels, the slip at the wheel is lowered through low grip. This is made possible by utilizing a locking effect and channeling any excess drive to the other wheel. Because of the controlled drive distribution, it allows for traction to be optimized and at the same time enable more dynamic handling even at the limit.

Converting as effectively as possible to boost the engine power, it allows for, among others, acceleration that is truly more dynamic especially out of corners. On the lower region of the M235i Coupe, one can clearly see the exclusive light-alloy 18-inch M wheels. The wheels have been fitted with mixed tires measuring 225/40 R18 for the front and the rear at 245/35 R18.

In addition to offering high grip, the tires have been developed to allow for acceleration and braking forces to be channeled to the road in an optimum manner. Customers who want larger wheels can have the light-alloy forged M Performance 19-inch wheels that are offered under the Original BMW Accessories line-up.

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