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|
|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|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3494 lb (53/47%)|
|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|