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BMW releases M Performance accessories for 2-Series Coup

Wed, 11 Dec 2013

The BMW 2-series is set to replace the 1-series coupe that we've had on this side of the Atlantic come next spring, and a few months prior to its U.S. debut BMW has rolled out M Performance upgrades for the upcoming coupe. That's right, the 1-series will no longer be sold in the U.S., so there won't be any 2014 models.

The 2-series will be offered in 228i and M235i guise, and the latter model will be the range topper. The four-seat rear-wheel-drive coupe will grow in size a bit compared to the outgoing 1-series coupe, as it'll be 4 inches longer and 1.3 inches wider. The 228i will be powered by a 240-hp four-cylinder, while the M235i will have the 3.0-liter inline-six underhood making an impressive 315 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.

Owners of the M235i will be able to purchase an M Performance silencer system which reduces exhaust gas pressure for a more sporting soundtrack. It'll be available along with M Performance tailpipe trim elements in chrome or carbon. M235i owners will also be able to purchase an M Performance limited-slip differential, a sport suspension that lowers the car by 0.7 inches, and sport tuned dampers and shortened coil springs finished in a red color. An M Performance brake system with calipers painted in a choice of red, yellow, or orange will also be on offer, in addition to 19-inch forged BMW M Performance light alloy wheels, which will come in a choice of two designs.

The M235i gets a few visual tweaks with the M Performance parts.

On the outside, the already sporty appearance of the M235i can be further enhanced by an M Performance rear spoiler made out of carbon fiber, as well as an aerodynamic kit which includes air ducting elements for the front and rear, in addition to a diffuser insert for the rear apron. A black insert for the front grille will also be on offer, in addition to carbon mirror caps and side sill foils with M Performance badging. Accent stripes in two colors will also be available.

The interior gets a sport steering wheel in Alcantara/carbon finish with red central marking, and a "race display" at the 12-o'clock position. Steel pedals and a steel footrest will also be available, as with most M Performance cars. Carbon overlays for the gear lever and the handbrake, as well as interior trim strips in carbon and Alcantara complete the interior appearance options.

By Jay Ramey