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The 2 Series gets a potent dose of performance with an uprated version of the 3.0-litre unit found in the M135i.

07 May 2014

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There has been quite a bit of rumble from M Performance Automobiles (MPA) recently. Not too long ago we had the X5 M50d - an immensively powerful diesel SUV that could do 0-100km/h in sub-five seconds.

Hitting the rod while it's hot, we were soon handed the keys to the M235i - the spicest and quickest 2 Series on sale now. 

You will be hard pressed to tell the difference between the M235i (left) and the more inert 220i (right) from first glance

Despite the renumbering exercise (the 2 Series is essentially a 1 Series Coupe), we couldn't help but to relate the M235i to the 1 Series M Coupe - a car that left many in awe and wanting. And with no M2 in sight, the M235i will have the closest genetic link to the iconic coupe.

In that sense, the new car certainly has much to live up to.


Like the 4 Series, BMW did more than mere rebadging in creating the 2 Series. The compact coupe gets a unique front fascia, with elongated and slimmer-looking headlamps to give it a more streamlined and aggressive look.

The rear end is decorated with a very subtle-looking boot lid spoiler and twin exhausts tugged underneath the bumper. This view will be your best bet to tell the pocket rocket from its lesser 220i sibling, which makes do with just a single tailpipe. 

18-inch wheels are not the most distinctive we have seen, and could do with more flair
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


6-cylinder in-line TwinPower Turbocharged

Engine Cap





240kW (322 bhp) / 6000 rpm



450 Nm / 4500 rpm



8-speed (A) Steptronic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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