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    • 2014 F22 M235i test figures including curb weight, 0-60, 1/4 mile, skidpad, and weight distribution - Inferior to the E82 1M

      Finally some solid independent data on the new 2014 F22 M235i. This car is an unofficial successor to the E82 1M taking its place in the lineup as the entry level turbocharged six-cylinder performance coupe. Unlike the 1M the M235i has the N55 inline-6 turbo motor and not the N54 inline-6 twin turbo motor. It also comes in a bit heavier than the E82 1M with a curb weight of 3494 pounds versus the E82 1M which weighs 3339 pounds.


      The F22 2-Series is not exactly as light as one would hope for the size. It is about 3-Series weight which makes one scratch their head as to the advantage over the 335i. That said, handling numbers are about on par with the 1M as the car pulls an impressive .97g on the skidpad and the 1M managed a .98g.

      Weight distribution is shying away from BMW's famed 50/50 with a 53/47 front to back. That is not what a BMW's weight distribution is supposed to look like and the turbocharged motors are making BMW's nose heavy. The 1M managed a better 51/49 which is closer to BMW's own stated ideals. 53/47? That looks more like an Audi figure than BMW.

      The M235i is not available with a dual clutch transmission unfortunately. A manual or 8-speed automatic is available and MotorTrend tested this car with the automatic. 0-60 comes in 4.4 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 13.0 @ 106.6. Also slightly worse than the 1M which managed 0-60 in 4.2 and the 1/4 mile in 12.8 @ 109.6 although different ECU software alone could change this. Still, the M235i is slower stock for stock.

      Essentially, the F22 2-Series and the M235i in particular seem to be a bit of a step back at least in performance from the E82 1-Sereis and the BMW 1M. Looks like there is room for BMW to squeeze in an M2 model afterall.

      2014 BMW M235i
      BASE PRICE $44,025
      PRICE AS TESTED $46,025
      VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe
      ENGINE 3.0L/320-hp/330-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve I-6
      TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
      CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3494 lb (53/47%)
      WHEELBASE 105.9 in
      LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 174.5 x 69.8 x 55.2 in
      0-60 MPH 4.4 sec
      QUARTER MILE 13.0 sec @ 106.6 mph
      BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft
      LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.97 g (avg)
      MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.9 sec @ 0.78 g (avg)
      EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/32/25 mpg
      ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 153/105 kW-hrs/100 miles
      CO2 EMISSIONS 0.76 lb/mile






      This article was originally published in forum thread: 2014 F22 M235i test figures including curb weight, 0-60, 1/4 mile, skidpad, and weight distribution - Inferior to the E82 1M started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 73 Comments
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        Im still perplexed about the m2....there just doesn't seem like there is any room for it. The m235 is a great car and will bring a lot of enthusiasts to the BMW scene
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
        Im still perplexed about the m2....there just doesn't seem like there is any room for it. The m235 is a great car and will bring a lot of enthusiasts to the BMW scene
        Well, with the M235i being slower than the 1M it looks like what they would do to make an M2 is give the M235i some more aggressive software, lighten it, and get it about to E92 M3 levels acceleration wise. That would keep it below the F82/F80 M4/M3 and be enough to compete with the CLA45 AMG and RS5/TT-RS.
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        True, but unfortunately for BMW, that means a tuned m235 might be faster since bmw's performance software seems pretty conservative. I think they made a mistake with the m235 by making it too good.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
        True, but unfortunately for BMW, that means a tuned m235 might be faster since bmw's performance software seems pretty conservative. I think they made a mistake with the m235 by making it too good.
        I'm not sure what you mean. The M235i is too good how? It's worse than the 1M.

        Of course software will change things. It does so for the 335i already so why would it be any different?
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        To good because it will cost much less than the m2 and with a tune be close to or faster.
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        I don't agree with BMW putting the same engine in a m2 and just changing the software. The 135 and 1m had a bigger gap in looks, performance, and m goodies (LSD)
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
        To good because it will cost much less than the m2 and with a tune be close to or faster.
        Why wasn't this a problem with the 135i and 1M?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
        I don't agree with BMW putting the same engine in a m2 and just changing the software. The 135 and 1m had a bigger gap in looks, performance, and m goodies (LSD)
        BMW put the same engine in the 1M as the 135i and all they did was change the software, add some M3 bits, and give it a body kit.
      1. 135pats's Avatar
        135pats -
        I don't understand the purpose of this car at all.

        Actually, I don't understand anything BMW has done from a branding standpoint over the last couple years. Is it their goal to have multiple cars occupy every single market niche and segment on earth? If so, I will not be getting a 3rd one when the time comes.

        This car is an exercise in uselessness, straight up.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 135pats Click here to enlarge
        Is it their goal to have multiple cars occupy every single market niche and segment on earth?
        Yes. Let's be happy there isn't an M235i GT.
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why wasn't this a problem with the 135i and 1M?
        The big difference was a limited production as well as cost. I heard the m2 will be 60k, that's to much IMO.
      1. 135pats's Avatar
        135pats -
        ^60K i'll take a gently used late MY S65 and put a blower on it. Could single turbo an N54, get in an S85, hell could get in a used 997TT for that money.

        That's a joke if that is the base price they're asking.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
        The big difference was a limited production as well as cost. I heard the m2 will be 60k, that's to much IMO.
        1M's often were marked up to that so $60k is something the market will bear if the M3/M4 cost 75-80 out the door. I mean my M3 was $73k or so.

        I think the M2 can be squeezed in I just would do it differently than BMW.

        And this curb weight sucks for a 2-Series.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
        I don't agree with BMW putting the same engine in a m2 and just changing the software. The 135 and 1m had a bigger gap in looks, performance, and m goodies (LSD)
        The M2 would get a wider body, wider track, carbon roof, lsd, quad exhaust, etc. and share the N55.

        Basically the same exact recipe for the 1M vs 135i. What is the difference?

        Rumors are the M2 will be limited quanity as well.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        M2stupid
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        The M2 would get a wider body, wider track, carbon roof, lsd, quad exhaust, etc. and share the N55.

        Basically the same exact recipe for the 1M vs 135i. What is the difference?

        Rumors are the M2 will be limited quanity as well.
        There would be no difference. Same thing but with an N55.
      1. SexiPYm3's Avatar
        SexiPYm3 -
        I'm so sick of hearing about N54 and N55 in every damn BMW.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SexiPYm3 Click here to enlarge
        I'm so sick of hearing about N54 and N55 in every damn BMW.
        Yep pretty boring. Would be so cool for them to get in on the four-cylinder war between Audi and Mercedes. I mean it's stuff that like that which shows who is the best engine builder. BMW used to be the best...
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        this car is a stinky pile of dog $#@! and if i ever see one at my bmw dealer i will egg the $#@! out of it
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        this car is a stinky pile of dog $#@! and if i ever see one at my bmw dealer i will egg the $#@! out of it
        Click here to enlarge