Comparison: BMW M135i vs BMW M235i

2 Series | October 25th, 2013 by 9
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BMW M235i is the latest model to join the M Performance Automobile family. Its smaller brother, the BMW M135i, is also part of the same …

BMW M235i is the latest model to join the M Performance Automobile family. Its smaller brother, the BMW M135i, is also part of the same family and today we are comparing the two cars from all angles.

Since the M135i is built on the 1 Series Hatchback platform, its overall proportions are smaller than the M235i, a model built atop the larger 2 Series. The M135i measures 170.8 in (4340 mm) in length compared to 174.5 in (4432mm) for the M235i. In width, the M135i measures 69.4 in (1765 mm) and the M235 is 69.8 (1774 mm) wide. The M235i is slightly higher than the smaller hatch, 55.8 in (1418 mm) vs 55.5 in (1411 mm). Since both cars are built on the same architecture, the wheelbase is identical: 105.9 in (2690 mm).

When it comes to weight, the two vehicles are comparable: 3240 lbs for M235i with automatic transmission versus 3242 lbs for the M135i.

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Both cars use the same engine, the  N55 3.0 liter turbocharged TwinScroll producing 320 horsepower for the M135i and 326 horsepower for the M235i. Both cars have 450 Nm of torque (332 lb-ft) at 1,300 rpm. BMW M235i Coupe accelerates from  to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds. With Launch Control activated, the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is all over in 4.8 seconds. The M135i with manual does the dash in 5.0 seconds and 4.8 seconds with the eight-speed automatic.

TEST DRIVE: BMW M135i xDrive

Design wise the two models are quite different,  both having their own design language for the kidney, headlights and taillights. Of course not considering the overall design lines of a coupe versus an hatch.

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Both vehicles in our image comparison carry the M Sports Package.

While the M135i is not available in the U.S., the M235i will be available in Spring 2014 for the American and Canadian customers.

See more photos in the gallery below:

[Source: Bimmertoday]

9 responses to “Comparison: BMW M135i vs BMW M235i”

  1. Nomad says:

    I can’t look at 1-er without sadness.

  2. Nordicboy_sp says:

    A great question arises: Is it possible M135i (with the new facelift that is coming) to share the same front design of the newest M235i????… which by the way is much more beautiful and aligned with the other series !

  3. BMW BEST says:

    Somehow the 2er does better looking than M135i LOL

  4. Max says:

    A much more interesting comparison would be against a 135is with DCT.

  5. Luis Filipe F Biagi says:

    The back of the 1 series is so much cooler then the 2. And its a shame because the 1 series coupe back was so beautiful and now it became weird, less sporty and ugly. The front the 2 looks usually better, but that depends the angle, i guess. Sideways the 2 is better no doubt…

  6. babbeloo says:

    To me the M135i still looks perfect. The nose is much more robust and profound. The lines at the rear are simple and clear. The M235i, however still very beautiful, is a bit unclear at the front, especially below the lights. While the M235i might have a slightly bigger dimensions, the space inside is less functional as thee M135i.

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