You may be drooling over one of BMW’s more expensive and powerful models such as the M6, but don’t count out their sporty little guy, the M235i. With the 2 series, there’s only two engine options and the larger gets the “M” treatment (the 228′s have a 240hp engine, still not shabby for a car with a 3,525 lb curb weight). While some may protest that the second option doesn’t quite deserve the “M” badge and just be called the 235i, you can’t really argue with the performance. The 320 hp twin-turbo inline six gets the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Plus, acceleration isn’t its only strength – 18″ wheels loaded with M Sport Brakes and Michelin Pilot SuperSport performance tires add grip and lots stopping power. For more year-round use, the M235 is also available with X-Drive (BMW’s all wheel drive) and for you warm climate folks – the convertible will be releasing soon as well. The M235i starts at a reasonable $43k but since it’s a Bimmer expect the price tag to climb with options.
As we discussed in our recent post for the new 4 Series, the coupe version of the 3 Series split into its own model line – and now both the coupe and sedan are ready for the M treatment. The 2015 M4 coupe (shown above) and M3 sedan will go on sale in summer of 2014, and this time around the M4/M3 trades a V8 for a 425 hp twin-turbo inline six engine. Aggressive body panels and spoilers along with a carbon fiber roof help distinguish these M’s from their less powerful siblings, and the performance over the base models will also be very noticeable. Engineered to be lighter than the previous generation M3, these cars can reach 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds when paired the with updated 7-Speed M Double Clutch transmission. Now we want to see the M4 and new Porsche Cayman square off.
The BMW 3 Series coupe is no more. Or is it? Instead of creating a new 3 Series Coupe, BMW launched their two-door into its own model line, the 4 Series. Unfortunately, with the model change came no additional power – the 435i is still packing a 300hp twin-turbo as did the 335i. However, this time around the coupe stands further apart from its sedan sibling with a wider chassis, and sportier suspension that is both lower and stiffer. If you’re still upset about the foregoing of a power increase, keep in mind the 4 Series shaved 45 lbs off its predecessor while getting bigger and better looking. In addition to the 435i, the 4 Series is available at 240hp as the 428i, and both models offer the option of 4-wheel drive (428xi and 425xi) . Next to be released will be the hardtop convertible. $41-$50k.
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The BMW i8 concept car is powered by both an electric motor and a 220 hp 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, which combined produce 354 hp. This futuristic roadster hits 0-60 mph in under five seconds and has a remarkable fuel efficiency of 104 mpg. There’s really no excuse with that gas mileage – but if you do run out of gas, it’ll still travel 20 miles on the electric engine before the battery drains. The i8 concept also features “laser lights” which are brighter, smaller, and more efficient than LEDs.
topless Spyder version…
If you really like the style of the new BMW 6-series but are in the need of four doors and a proper back seat, hop into the BMW 640i Gran Coupe. Maintaining the style and lines of the proper coupe, the Gran Coupe allows comfortable seating for 5 – and nobody has to do any acrobatics to get out of the back seat. Adaptive LED headlights, navigation with traffic updates, Bang & Olufsen surround sound, and full color head-up display are just a few of the features included with this loaded luxury car. Powered by a 315hp twin-turbo 6-cyliner engine, the 640i Gran Coupe starts at $76,000.
We recently said we were interested to see what the M version of the new 3-series will offer, and we were uber pleased to see BMW’s recent press release for the all-new 3rd generation M6. Ditching the predecessor’s V10, a new twin turbocharged V8 capable of 560hp and 500 lb-ft of torque takes the reins. While horsepower is up 10% and torque an impressive 30% – fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced nearly 30%. 0-62mph is achieved in a blistering 4.2 seconds all while you enjoy the creature comforts of this luxury touring coupe, which also holds two seats in the back. The 2012 M6 Convertible model will hit US shores in June 2012 followed by the coupe in late summer as a 2013 model.
The 3-series has been a highly touted car line since 1975 and the new 2012 model is looking sharp. It seems that every car model continues to grow as the 3 now has the footprint of earlier 5-series models (it seems to be the American way, but is bigger better?). In addition to sedan, coupe, and convertible configurations, the new 3 is also going to be offered in 5-door touring and hatchback models. Power for the 335 remains at 300hp, but the 328 now comes with 240hp and 255 lb-ft torque – and a new 8 speed transmission helps acceleration and fuel efficiency. The interior also got a refresh and now offers head-up display and 6.5″ freestanding iDrive screen. It’ll be interesting to see what the new M version brings to the table…
Due to hit US shores late next summer, the new BMW M5 will go on sale in the states as a 2013 model. The sportier and more aggressive fender flares make it somewhat distinguishable from the standard 5 series, but do little to suggest what’s lurking inside. As with M5′s of the past, this model is an absolute sleeper – this time packing a 560 hp twin-turbocharged V8 in it’s seemingly family-friendly body style. 0-60 mph is reached in 3.7 seconds, which is even more impressive when you consider that the car has five seats and luxury sedan features. Base price for the 2013 M5 will be around $92k.
The BMW 6 series recently got a refresh with the 2012 650i Convertible. Starting at $90,500, this topless twin-turbo V8 puts out 400hp and is one hell of a summer ride. A fine interior with a slew of creature comforts makes this car a luxury vehicle, but the 19″ light-alloy wheels and paddle shifters quickly remind you that it can also perform. A full-color head up display will make you think your piloting an x-wing and night vision will help you avoid running over zombies. Despite the cars large size and sofa like seats, the 450 lb-ft. of torque gets this beauty from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds. While seeing a new 6 series is exciting, we’re real antsy to see what the new M6 will be packing.