BMW 1M vs BMW M235i – Photo Comparison

2 Series | October 25th, 2013 by 7
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A photo comparison between the BMW 1M and the new BMW M235i. While many BMW fans were looking and maybe still looking for a successor …

A photo comparison between the BMW 1M and the new BMW M235i.

While many BMW fans were looking and maybe still looking for a successor of the popular BMW 1M, an M2 model based on the new BMW 2 Series Coupe seems to not be planned for now by the M engineers. Instead, we are getting the BMW M235i, a model that our sources say it will be faster around Nurburgring than the almighty 1M.

At first glance, it is striking that the M235i looks much closer to the regular 2 Series Coupe than 1M looked against the 1 Series Coupe. The 1M stands out with its flared wheel arches, aggressive spoiler, four tailpipes and the Valencia Orange paint which in all fairness might be available for the M235i as well.

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Technically, the relationship between the two compact coupes is obvious, both models share a common philosophy and vision of the ideal car for sheer driving pleasure. Balanced weight distribution, rear-wheel drive, along with a similar powerplant: a six-cylinder turbocharging with over 300 hp.

Compared with the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the new BMW M235i coupe is 12 millimeters flatter and 7 centimeters longer, but not as wide as its predecessor. In return, the BMW M235i is about 40 kilograms lighter.

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While the 1 Series M Coupe was delivered exclusively with a manual transmission, M235i customers can also grab the eight-speed automatic transmission with Launch Control. From 0 to 100, the three variants are pretty close to each other:

  • 4.8 seconds for the M235i automatic
  • 4.9 seconds for the 1 Series M Coupe
  • 5.0 seconds for the M235i manual transmission.

Clearly visible is the progress on fuel consumption: the 340-hp twin-turbo inline six-cylinder of the 1 Series M reports in the EU cycle 9.6 liters /100km, while BMW M235i with Twin Scroll, depending on the transmission, consumes 7.6 to 8.1 liters per 100 km.

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. 

Let’s have a look at the photo comparison and tell us in the comments below which one you prefer.

[Source: Bimmertoday]

7 responses to “BMW 1M vs BMW M235i – Photo Comparison”

  1. Mer says:

    it seems that M235i doesn’t got flared wheel arches, which is probably gonna appear on M2

  2. BMW BEST says:

    Still the BMW 1M looks better…

  3. Giom says:

    The M235i isn’t an M2, lest not forget. Question is, will there ever be a proper M2?

  4. Bill says:

    Momentarily no theme for a M2, of course there are discussions and made some plans, but the company has not yet decided whether to proceed with the implementation of a small sports car yet … of course there are the designs and the idea for a small rocket, rival of AMG, but nothing is certain yet and secure … As for the flatulence, does not exist and is correct, because there will be elsewhere, to another company’s two series. Just a little patience you will say I, nothing else …
    I say this because I am talking about because I know from the inside, what happens to the company, somewhat better … I was working and I know too much, however the possibility of presenting a M2 on the streets do not exclude each other, … they want the company’s leaders and this …

  5. Ubbe says:

    Bangle is still the king.

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