The 326 HP BMW M235i Coupe has received a plethora of M Performance bits and pieces.
The BMW M235i Coupe has received a plethora of M Performance bits and pieces.
Right now the closest thing to an M2 Coupe is this M235i Coupe equipped with an extensive array of parts from the M Performance catalog. This particular car wears a metallic black paint combined with several carbon fiber items such as the front & rear spoilers, side skirts, exterior mirror caps and rear diffuser. Some of the aero components have red accents which are also noticeable on the alloy wheels. Moreover, the kidney grille has the M colors while the side skirts wear the "M Performance" lettering.
The interior cabin has also been pampered with the M Performance treatment as there are M alloy pedals, M-branded steering wheel, red leather seats, "M235i" aluminum side sills and other similar tweaks.
Under the hood there's an inline-six 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine with 326 HP (240 kW) and 450 Nm (322 lb-ft). When mated to the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox, the engine allows the M235i hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds (+0.2s with six-speed manual) before topping out at an electronically limited 155 mph (250 km/h).
If that's not enough, later this year BMW will introduce the range-topping M2 which should offer around 380 HP (279 kW) in a lighter package granting a sprint in as little as 4.4 seconds while top speed will likely continue to be capped at 155 mph. Rear-wheel drive will be standard but it is believed the model will eventually be offered in select markets with an xDrive all-wheel drive arrangement at an additional cost.