BMW's new M Performance models, enthusiast-tuned vehicles slotted below the hardcore M models but above the standard lineup, will start rolling into the States in early 2014. First in line will reportedly be the M235i coupe, set to debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, according to Autoweek.

As BMW is renaming the coupe and convertible models the 2 Series (the hatchback will retain its 1 Series nomenclature), the M235i coupe will be the official successor to the 1 Series M Coupe (shown above) which quickly sold out in our market last year after just 600 examples were offered for sale (worldwide, the production run was 6,000 units).

Autoweek is reporting that the M235i coupe will be fitted with BMW's N55 engine, a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six rated at 316 horsepower, mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive may be offered in some markets. Eventually, the automaker is expected to add an M235i convertible with a cloth roof and the same powertrain and driveline as the coupe.


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      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      From Bimmerpost.com: "Keep in mind that a M235i coupe model will not be a replacement for an expected future M2 coupe model - the successor to the E82 1M Coupe. Instead, it's a model which would slot in between the standard 235i coupe and the M2." Thanks Autoblog for being wrong again and further confusing everyone.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      The M235i is NOT the successor to the 1M. Why are Autoblog writers so bad at understanding BMW and Audi product lineups. M performance cars are not full M cars, the 1M is a full M car. There will be a true M2 for that.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apart from the 1M which looks like tons of fun and hearkens back to a focus on driving, I'm pretty much not interested in their current lineup of cars. M5s with fake engine noises and M3s weighing in a 3,600 lbs. The E46 M3 and Z3/Z4 M Coupe/Roadster were pretty much the last real driver's cars they made, in my opinion.
      Ferrarisimo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The M235i is *not* the successor to the 1M. It is the successor to the 135is. The successor to the 1M will be the M2. And 740 units of the 1M were sold in the States. Not 600.
      Carac
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great, more BMW M brand dilution.
      Johnny Ng
      • 2 Years Ago
      These BMW turbo engines scare me because of their crappy reliability. You can't have fun in these since the engines will fail when pushed to the limit. But then these cars are bought by clueless housewives and rich daddy girls so it probably won't be an issue for the first few months of ownership. If you want an affordableRWD reliable performance car the Toyota FT-86 is the only way to go. The Miata is a girl car a total girl car.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Johnny, please do us all a favor and STFU. Most of these reliability issues are caused by owners of these vehicles who don't maintain their cars properly. If you maintain a car properly, it will most likely give you no trouble. If you don't follow the dealer's maintainance schedules, you are going to experience problems. German cars like BMW are usually more strict about this..
          MJC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Couldn't have said this better myself.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          WRONG. Please post some links to back up that statement. German cars electrical systems are the biggest problem and there is no way to "maintain" them. That is the biggest cop out and shill statement of all time.
        Adrian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        I can't even believe you'd compare a BMW to the FT-86. A 335i will absolutely SMOKE the FT-86, even if a clueless housewife is driving the Bimmer.
        me
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Yeah N54 only makes 400 WHP with bolt-ons and tune on stock internals, what an unreliable engine. It should be more like the WRX STI engine where the piston rings crack on stock motors under heavy load. There are tons of N54 and N55 well over 100k miles going strong, idiot.
      mookieblaylock
      • 2 Years Ago
      awd m235 dsg please . Audi is lame and sells 200 hp mommy cars and the new cla merc is only sedan and they make some truly ugly sedans. Oh yea and keep it under 45k$,thanks
        John Galvin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mookieblaylock
        So much wrong in one comment. BMW use RWD for their best stuff. DSG is a VW term Audi's performance hatch makes 350+HP Last but not least, Mercedes are making a new A class AMG which is not a sedan.
          mookieblaylock
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Galvin
          so much wrong in your response john galvin yes bmw uses rwd but i want a performance 4x4 compact dsg is a vw term big deal , fine dual clutch if we are to be petty audi makes nothing in this country near a 350 hp hatch, they sell a ttrs but that is small and ugly finally the merc a45 for europe only will be a hatch and the cla version for the US a sedan mostly wrong with what you have to say
      Dasteknoviking
      • 2 Years Ago
      any word if we will get ANY 1 series hatches here in the USA ? Would love me a 120d with a turbo diesel, 6MT and RWD in 5 door form.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bmw needs to change more then the name... it needs style.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's good.
      mookieblaylock
      • 2 Years Ago
      so much wrong in your response john galvin yes bmw uses rwd but i want a performance 4x4 compact dsg is a vw term big deal , fine dual clutch if we are to be petty audi makes nothing in this country near a 350 hp hatch, they sell a ttrs but that is small and ugly finally the merc a45 for europe will be a hatch and the cla version for the US a sedan mostly wrong with what you have to say
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mookieblaylock
        Wow, what happened to sentence structure and punctuation?
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