2014 BMW M235i Coupe
By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com
BMW celebrates the premiere of another new model series. The BMW M235i Series Coupe which raises the bar in the premium sub-compact segment in terms of dynamic ability, aesthetic appeal and emotional allure; a distinctive vehicle concept unique in its segment, with a two-door body in classic three-box design typical of BMW Coupes, four seats, rear-wheel drive and an engine and chassis set-up focused squarely on sporting ability.
This is not the first time that BMW has treated the sub-compact segment to its customary brand of driving pleasure. The tradition took hold in the US 45 years ago with the introduction of the vaunted BMW 2002. The BMW 1 Series Coupe has fulfilled this role since 2008, its standout position among its rivals rooted most prominently in its rear-wheel-drive concept, powerful engines and a compelling premium character. The BMW M235i Coupe now takes the levels of driving pleasure in a sub-compact coupe to even greater heights.
The BMW M235i Coupe is tailor made for the driving enthusiast. It embodies the driving dynamics that are signaled by its modified, aerodynamically optimized body design, and is propelled by the most powerful gasoline engine developed so far for a BMW M Performance Automobile.
Under the hood the inline six powering the BMW M235i Coupe benefits from the latest development stage in M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology and specific modifications to the cooling system, power management and sound tuning. A twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection with centrally positioned multi-hole injectors, Valvetronic variable intake valve regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control team up to ensure instantaneous power delivery and the free-revving characteristics typical of the brand. The engine generates its maximum output of 320 hp between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm from its 3.0-liter displacement, while peak torque of 330 lb-ft between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm gives the engine it’s imposing pulling power.
The BMW M235i Coupe comes standard with an eight-speed Sport automatic, complete with Launch Control. With Launch Control activated, the 0 to 60 mph sprint is all over in 4.8 seconds. And thanks to the high output and thirst for revs of the inline six-cylinder, impressive reserves of power are still on hand for dynamic mid-range sprints at higher speeds. A 6-speed manual gearbox is available as a no cost option. In this new BMW M Performance Automobile it comes with dry sump lubrication and a short-throw shifter for particularly sporty gear changes. As a result, it dashes from rest to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph with both types of gearboxes. Preliminary EPA fuel economy estimates for the BMW M235i Coupe are 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined for the 6-speed manual.
BMW M Performance limited-slip differential will be available as an accessory for the M235i Coupe. This mechanical rear axle differential system optimizes traction in suitably dynamic driving situations. When the DSC stability system is switched off, this torque-sensitive limited slip differential ensures drive is split between the rear wheels to optimum traction-maximizing effect. Reacting to differing torque between the driven wheels, it reduces slip at the wheel with low grip by channeling surplus drive to the other wheel through a locking effect. This controlled drive distribution leads to optimized traction and allows for even more dynamic handling at the limit. Engine power is translated into propulsion as effectively as possible to provide even more dynamic acceleration out of corners, for example.
Like its chassis technology, the aerodynamic properties of the BMW M235i Coupe have also been tweaked to take into account the output of its six-cylinder engine. The front apron bears the hallmarks of M design. In the now customary style for BMW M Performance Automobiles, they are transected by horizontal crosspieces in Ferric Grey metallic. Other features of the exterior design are BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey, particularly striking contoured side skirts and a rear apron whose lower section is finished in Dark Shadow metallic paintwork and also incorporates the exhaust system’s twin tailpipes. The package of aerodynamically optimized body features is rounded off by the standard-specification gurney flap on the trunk lid.
The standard equipment list starts with the iDrive Controller and screen as well as Bluetooth hands-free and USB port. Standard equipment also includes Driving Experience Control which allows the driver to adjust the suspension set-up as desired and dual zone automatic climate control.
With the optional Navigation system on board, iDrive brings with it an 8.8-inch Control Display and a Touch Controller with touch-sensitive surface which allows the driver to input characters. Among the equipment available to fulfill individual communication and entertainment requirements are Bluetooth audio streaming and the Harman Kardon HiFi system.
Innovative technologies also optimize the integration of the Apple iPhone and other smartphones, as well as music players, into the car, including the use of internet-based services. The ConnectedDrive Services option lays the groundwork for in-car connectivity by means of a built-in SIM card. This allows customers to access the internet, the Concierge Service telephone-based information facility, remote functions, the BMW ConnectedDrive range of online entertainment features. BMW Assist eCall with enhanced automatic collision notification and BMW TeleService is included for 10 years as standard equipment on every BMW M235i in the US.
With the introduction of the all-new BMW M235i Coupe. This ultimate driving machine will continue the decades-long tradition of premium sub-compact coupes with impeccable driving dynamics and an impressive list of performance enhancing features. The 2014 BMW M235i will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $44,025.00, including $925.00 destination and handling.