The market launch of the BMW 2-Series Coupe heralds the arrival of an imagination-capturing performance model in the premium compact segment. The BMW M235i Coupe is the latest member of the BMW M Performance Automobile family. It embodies intense driving pleasure that is instantly signalled by its specially modified, aerodynamically optimised body design, and is propelled by the most powerful petrol engine developed so far for a BMW M Performance Automobile. The six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology generates maximum output of 240 kW/326 hp and accelerates the BMW M235i Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds. Other ingredients in the unique character of the BMW M235i Coupe include the interplay between engine output, bespoke chassis technology and brake system as well as aerodynamic balance that is achieved with hallmark M precision.
The vehicle concept of the BMW M235i Coupe responds to the desire of sporty drivers for more driving pleasure without compromising on everyday usability. Its handling properties are defined by impressive agility and precision, the result of extensive modifications made by BMW M GmbH to the components involved in maximising the car's sporting ability. The precisely adjustable driving characteristics of the BMW M235i Coupe reflect the expertise and experience of BMW M GmbH in both motor sport and the development of high-performance sports cars.
Addictive power: six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology
The straight-six engine 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 valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control team up to ensure instantaneous power delivery and the free-revving characteristics typical of the brand - not to mention exceptional efficiency for this output class. The engine generates maximum output of 240 kW/326 hp between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm from its 3.0-litre displacement, while peak torque of 450 Newton metres (332 lb-ft) between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm gives the engine its imposing pulling power.
The BMW M235i Coupe is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which, in this new BMW M Performance Automobile, comes with dry sump lubrication and a short shift facility for particularly sporty gear changes. As a result, it dashes from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds. The BMW M235i Coupe can also be ordered with an eight-speed Sports automatic, complete with Launch Control, as an option. With Launch Control activated, the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is all over in 4.8 seconds. And thanks to the high output and thirst for revs of the six-cylinder in-line engine, impressive reserves of power are still on hand for dynamic mid-range sprints at higher speeds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) with both types of gearbox.
The BMW M235i Coupe records average fuel consumption, as calculated in the EU test cycle, of 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres (34.9 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 1 gram per kilometre. If the eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox is specified, these figures improve to 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres (37 m imp) and 176 g/km respectively.
Bespoke chassis tuning for maximum precision
In order to translate this outstanding engine power into dynamic performance with an equal measure of excitement and authority, the BMW M235i Coupe features model-specific chassis technology. This includes individually configured spring and damper systems, and specific elastokinematics for the front axle. Added to which, the BMW M235i Coupe comes as standard with the M Sport braking system and variable sport steering, which determines its own characteristics.
The standard, exclusive 18-inch M light-alloy wheels of the BMW M235i Coupe are fitted with mixed tyres in 225/40 R18 format for the front wheels and 245/35 R18 at the rear. The specially developed high-grip tyres guarantee optimum transfer of acceleration and braking forces to the road surface. Customers can also opt for the 19-inch BMW M Performance forged light-alloy wheels available from the Original BMW Accessories range.
Exclusive to the BMW M235i Coupe: a BMW M Performance limited-slip differential
Another suspension-related retrofit product offered exclusively for the BMW M235i Coupe from the car's launch to enhance its dynamic potential is the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential. This mechanical rear axle differential system optimises 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-maximising effect. Reacting to differing torque between the driven wheels, it reduces slip at the wheel with low grip by channelling surplus drive to the other wheel through a locking effect. This controlled drive distribution leads to optimised 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.
Optimised aerodynamics, high-quality sports car ambience
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 of the two-door car bears the hallmarks of M design. Its large air intakes, with flaps adapted from racing car design, also occupy the space reserved for foglamps in the other BMW 2-Series Coupe model variants. 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 optimised body features is rounded off by the standard-specification gurney on the boot lid.
The car also features door sill strips with aluminium inserts bearing "M235i" lettering and a specially "tuned" interior design. It offers sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, a BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim with accent strips in matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black, leather trim for the gearshift lever / selector lever and handbrake lever gaiter, an M driver's footrest, a special instrument cluster with digital model designation together with red dials and numbers for the speedometer and rev counter, as well as variable use of colour for the interior lighting and blue detailing for the car key.