BMW is showcasing these days in Detroit the M235i which is the sportiest derivative of the newly established 2-Series range.

BMW is showcasing these days in Detroit the M235i which is the sportiest derivative of the newly established 2-Series range.

The jury is still out on whether BMW will launch a proper M2 so until then the M235i will serve as a range-topping model. It can be had in the United States from 44,025 USD and in return you will be getting a high-performance rear-wheel drive coupe that can run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.8 seconds when configured with the optional 8-speed automatic transmission.

At its heart is an inline-six TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter gasoline engine developing 326 HP (240 kW) and 322 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque which enables the M235i to reach an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). If you prefer to do the shifting yourself with the standard 6-speed manual, the car will hit 62 mph in 5 seconds so it will be 0.2s slower than the automatic model.

It should be mentioned the new 2-Series is 72mm longer, 32mm wider and has a 30mm longer wheelbase than the now defunct 1-Series Coupe. Thanks to the increased size, trunk capacity has been bumped to 390 liters (13.7 cubic feet) but that doesn't really matter a lot for a potential M235i customer.

The 2014 BMW M235i will arrive at dealerships in the following months. 

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2014 BMW M235i brings its 326 HP to Detroit