A couple of spy shots showing the undisguised BMW M235i Coupe are circling these days on the net. The new, very small and extremely sporty BMW resembles very much with the M135i hatchback, except for the boot and the redesigned front. The naming is different thanks to the new naming strategy adopted by the German manufacturer: the cars that were previously known as being part of the 1 Series will become 2 Series.
Arguably the BMW M235i Coupe will be the sexiest among the smallest BMWs. With its aggressive-looking bumper, large intakes and sleek headlights, it might become an iconic car, just like the E30 was two decades ago. Even though the photos show the back of the car covered, we already know that in the back of the BMW M235i Coupe will feature a black rear bumper diffuser, split twin black exhaust pipes and a trunk spoiler lip. Not bad, isn’t it?
The car in the photos has the wheels and brakes from the M135i. There are no lateral air vents on the side fenders (these used to be the best indicator of the ‘real’ M series cars), but the M badge is still there. It is very likely that the interior of the BMW M235i Coupe will be based on the 1 Series.
As for the engine, the BMW M235i Coupe will have a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six under the bonnet. The engine was praised in the M135i, so there is no reason to believe that the BMW M235i Coupe will be less docile. The engine is rated delivering 316bhp (320PS) and 450Nm (332 lb-ft) of peak torque to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual or an optional 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The BMW M235i Coupe will be very light and powerful, so everyday drivers it might consider the four wheel drive version of it. This drivetrain will offer more control on slippery surfaces. However, those who want to race this little coupe, and like the old school feeling of the early BMW coupes will certainly stick to the manual gearbox and rear wheel drive.