After seeing the Manhart MH2 Clubsport, another tuning programme for the BMW M235i Coupe caught our attention, this time from Tuningwerk. The tuning company unveiled their M235i RS, an enhanced version of the German coupe that promises to be even more powerful than the MH2 Clubsport.
The six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine that powers the standard M235i Coupe was boosted from 326 hp (240 kW) to 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque to 444 hp (326 kW) and 600 Nm of torque. As a result, the Tuningwerk M235i RS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds and to 120 mph (193 km/h) in 15.4 seconds.
For hard racing use, Tuningwerk can offer you additional car body stiffening and struts. Regarding the design, the M235i RS comes with a new front lip, rear diffuser and a rear spoiler, all made of carbon fiber.
Tuningwerk upgraded the vehicle with an additional cooling agent cooler as well as a 850 W fan. As an option, the company offers a heat exchanger. The sound of the engine is enhanced thanks to a new stainless steel axle back exhaust with valve command and tail pipes.
Behind the 18-inch forged steel rims, there is a new Brembo braking system that includes 350x34 racing steel discs and 6 piston brake calipers on the front axle.
Inside, we find new PolePosition Recaro seats and an optional rollover cage as well as 6 point seat belts. The total weight of the M235i RS with a full tank is 1,490 kg. Pricing starts at 65,000 euros.
Right at launch, the BMW M235i Coupe could be availed with the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential, an exclusive suspension-related retrofit product offered that could boost the car’s potential. A mechanical rear axle differential system, the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential could optimize traction in any dynamic driving situation.
Once the DSC stability system is switched off, the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential makes sure that the drive is split between the rear wheels to optimize traction. Able to react to differing torque between the driven wheels, this system could reduce slip at a low-grip wheel by distributing extra drive -- through a locking effect -- to the other wheel, resulting in optimized traction as well as more dynamic handling at the limit. This way, engine power is effectively translated into propulsion, allowing more dynamic acceleration.
BMW M also modified the aerodynamic attributes of the BMW M235i Coupe to consider the extra power of its six-cylinder engine. For instance, its front apron comes integrated with large air intakes that feature flaps derived from race cars. These intakes, which have taken the position of the space usually saved for fog lamps in the other variants of the BMW 2-Series Coupe, are transected by horizontal crosspieces in Ferric Grey metallic – a styling typical of BMW M Performance Automobiles.
Furthermore, the BMW M235i Coupe features BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim with exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey as well as contoured side skirts. Meanwhile, the lower section of its rear apron comes is finished in Dark Shadow metallic paintwork and accommodate the twin tailpipes of the exhaust system. In addition, the BMW M235i Coupe comes with standard-spec gurney on the boot lid.