The M235i / 2 Series is due soon and while we wait, it’s undergoing some final performance testing on the Nurburgring, where it’s said by BMW to be able to beat the 1M Coupe.
Klaus Froehlich, Senior Vice President Brand and Product Strategies at BMW recently revealed these little tidbits:
The M235i is as close a spiritual successor to the 2002ti that we’ve had. My initial benchmark was that it will be faster than the BMW 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, which it is.”I have just signed … CONTINUED
In this video review Autoexpress tests the BMW M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it’s going to be a stern rival for the BMW.
The BMW gets a six-cylinder engine, revs to 7000rpm but peak torque is at just 1300rpm, so it has instant power. It does come in manual, but we’ve got the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autoexpress took it around our track in just 1 minute 14 seconds.
Developed from motor racing expertise, perfectly tailored to the model in question and designed to be combined according to individual preference – this is the BMW M Performance Parts program. BMW is now expanding the range in this product area with the addition of retrofit options for the BMW 4 Series. What is more, model-specific BMW M Performance Parts are available for the BMW M automobiles as well as for the models of the BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series and BMW … CONTINUED
You’ve seen them separately, now see them visually compared – the 4 Series versus 3 Series M Sport and M Performance Parts equipped models.
The 4 Series M Sport model can be ordered now and the 4 series M Performance Parts will be released in October-November.
We have added even more photos of the F32 4 Series M Performance Parts, including a look at the limited slip differential (LSD).
The M Performance Power Kit (PPK) for the 435i will yield +32hp / 37lb-ft.
We’ve just returned from Lisbon, Portugal, where BMW held its press launch for the BMW 4 Series (our review to come). While you’ve seen plenty of photos of the 4 Series in M Sport and its separate lines, here is the first look at the upcoming M Performance Parts for the 4 Series. More photos are being uploaded right now, so check back.
BMW will finally offer an optional limited slip differential (LSD) as part of the M Performance Parts catalog. The LSD will be … CONTINUED
BMW has announced that due to an engine update (to the N55 motor) starting with July 1 production, the BMW M Performance Power Kit PPK will be unavailable for ordering. A new Power Kit will be available for the updated N55 engine come late 2013.
Review by a BIMMERPOST member comparing his M135i hatchback to the A45 AMG hatchback following a test drive.
BMW has released an M Performance Power Kit for the F20 125i with N20B20 engine.
It increases the factory 218 hp / 310 Nm to 238 hp / 350 Nm and of course retains the factory warranty.
This extra power drops the 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) acceleration from 6.4 to 5.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h.
It’s price at 899-999 euro /
An interactive 3D modeler of the M235i Coupe is now available at Humster3D. This digitally modeled version is based off the revealing spy photos of the M235i we posted last month.
Generally speaking, it does a decent job at previewing the M235i, although it does have to make some predictions as to the rear view and tail lights, which remain partially covered in the spy photos. Its surfacing is also too flat in some areas, as the actual M235i’s hood and front fascia have more shape … CONTINUED
This M Performance modified F30 3 Series in Melbourne Red out of Vietnam is no ordinary M Performance F30. It’s one of our favorite yet.
Here’s it’s full current modifications list.
- LED chrome signal lights to match headlights
- MSport front bumper OEM
- M Performance front lip retrofit kit
- M Performance grills
- MSport side skirts OEM
- M Performance side skirt add-on
- M Performance side skirt stickers
- MSport rear bumper OEM + M Performance diffusor quad tips modified.
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Some rare photos of F31 3 Series touring decked out in full M Performance Parts.
The M135i hatchback will soon receive a sibling in the BMW lineup by way of the M235i coupe. They will share the same heart – the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine making approximately 315-320hp, as well as the same transmission and other mechanicals. On paper, the two should achieve similar performance numbers, with a slight edge potentially going to the M235i coupe.
As for exterior differences, it’s clear from these comparison photos. Besides the clear form factor difference (coupe versus hatchback), the M235i gets an overall … CONTINUED
Now that we’ve spied an uncovered 2 Series, let’s take a look at how it stacks up visually against what will be one of main competitors – the Mercedes CLA sedan (with Sport package). One may be a coupe and the other a sedan with coupe-like styling, but this is the closest match we have, until the rumored 2 Series Gran Coupe is revealed.
Once the 2 Series official specs and photos are released, we’ll put together another comparo comparing official photos, as well as physical … CONTINUED
Here is the M235i coupe, fully uncovered (save for the covering on the back). But, nearly the entire car is revealed here!
Non-fans of the F20 1 Series front design with its in-your-face headlights and blunt nose look will appreciate the much sportier 2 series coupe front end, with significantly sleeker headlights and grilles.
The front air intakes are large and aggressively shaped, with the fins that we spied in the last M235i sighting. As on the prototypes, the wheels are from the M135i, as are the … CONTINUED
From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:
From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:
With increasing numbers of the M-Lite on the road, and ever more people taking delivery it seemed that is was time to put together a meet with the aim of getting a few together in the same place to act geeky, compare cars, options, mpg figures and so on (as well as have a bit of a drive).
So organised primarily by TMP, and some collaborative route planning we took on the welsh valleys … CONTINUED
BMW has released the latest M Performance stripes catalog for the 1M coupe, M3, M5, M6, F30 and E92/E93.
AC Schnitzer tunes the M135i hatchback to 360 HP. The extra power drops the 0-100kmh (0-62mph) time from 4.9 seconds to 4.7 seconds and the 80-180kmh time from 12.9 seconds to 10.8 seconds.
Here’s a video demo.