Well, BMW has this year been quite busy adding new numerals to its line-up, as not long after the arrival of the 4 Series we are treated to the spiritual successor of the quite loved 1 Series Coupe. And, just to see how it fares, we came up with a quick photo comparison of the two.
Many fans are looking and waiting especially for a successor of the popular BMW 1M, but since an M2 model based on the new BMW 2 Series Coupe doesn’t look planned for the not to distant future, we will be taking a look at the BMW M235i, a model that sources and reports say it will be faster around the Nurburgring than the almighty 1M.
For the new generation, the M235i looks much closer to the regular 2 Series Coupe than 1M looked against the 1 Series Coupe so we chose for the side by side a more regular 135i.
Looking sporty and also more luxurious, the M235i has a distinctive front fascia with a unique grille, bespoke headlights and large air intakes. That comes opposed to the previous 135i, which resembled the regular 1 Series hatchback a bit more then it needed. There’s also new and more subtle contours, as well as an upward sweeping character line and L-shaped taillights. Regarding the back we’re still not entirely sure BMW nailed it, as the 1 Series Coupe had a great design and now the M235i taillights seem changed by just the need to be changed.
What we don’t really see in the pictures (unless you really have a trained eye) is the fact that the 2-Series is slightly larger than its predecessor – it is 72mm longer, 32mm wider and has a wheelbase that has been stretched by 30mm. This comes particularly in handy to the passengers (but also the overall stability), as the cabin boasts additional head and legroom as well as a larger trunk that holds up to 390 liters (13.7 cubic feet) of luggage.
By far, the most tremendous leap forward can be noted inside the cockpit, although the 2 Series cabin is also heavily influenced by the one in the 1 Series, The difference is that from the start the old 1 Series was lagging behind all other BMW models in that department – with a lesser styling and premium feel. All that is over now, as the 1 Series and 2 Series are proud heirs of the BMW cabin premium treatment.
Technically, the relationship between the two compact coupes is less obvious, as the M235i is holding its game closer to the old 1 Series M model, with the same six inline 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo that cranks out 326 HP (240 kW) and 450 Nm (322 lb-ft) of torque. The 1M had 340 HP, but now the M235i equipped with the eight speed automatic beats it to 100 km/h – it gets there in 4.8 seconds (5 with manual transmission) as opposed to 4.9 seconds for the 1 Series M Coupe with manual gearbox.
Also, anyone planning to get a car close to the 1M should definitely take a look at the accessories catalog for BMW M: a mechanical locking differential is now offered for the M235i and a wide array of performance parts, including sports suspensions, can be retrofitted to make M235i fit for the racetrack.