The 2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe Is Already Out And About

Just a couple of days after the new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe was officially introduced, including in M235i xDrive guise, one example has been snapped testing by our spies near the Nurburgring.

This M235i xDrive is probably a late-stage prototype and being used by BMW to put the finishing touches to the car. It is painted gloss black and certainly isn’t as eye-catching as the bright blue one shown in the official press photos.

Despite what its name may suggest, the 2-Series Gran Coupe is not related to the 2-Series Coupe and Convertible, as they are rear-wheel drive. Instead, it is based on the front-wheel platform that also underpins the new 1-Series hatchback and the X1 and X2 crossovers, and will be sold in 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive guise, depending on the market.

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At the heart of the range-topping M235i xDrive is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder churning out 301 HP between 5000 and 6250 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1750 to 4500 rpm that are sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW says it will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, or 4.6 seconds with the available M Performance Package’s overboost function.

A handful of exterior parts differentiate the M-branded model from the 228i, such as the new wheels, a trunklid spoiler and more aggressive front and rear bumpers that are visible on this prototype.

The new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will make its public debut at the LA Auto Show next month.

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  • Bo Hanan

    That rear end is all Hyundai Elantra. And what happen to “40” replacing “35” on 3.0T cars?

    • Leconte Dave

      I guess they decided the 35 is for the 2.0T

      • Bo Hanan

        30 is the 2.0T.

        • You dont work there. You dont decide.

          • Puddingpopper

            Should be some openings after this flop

          • Bo Hanan

            You seem stupid but I’m not sure. Are you?

  • BrucieBruce

    I think the kidney grills are way too large. Its as if they took them off of the SUV.

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

    I like the front but the rear fascia is meh!

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    The back end is an unmitigated mess.

  • Leconte Dave

    Should have been a sportback and the exausts should have been round

  • sidewaysspin

    They could paint the muffler black, it draws attention to itself and is not very sightly.

  • Dennis James

    Awful proportions, wheels should have been like 20% larger in diameter.

    • Matt

      You want 22” rims on your hatchback? That would just completely ruin the ride and handling and make the brakes look tiny. Pedestrian impact regulations force automakers to have much higher bonnet/hood lines and that does have the negative effect of making the wheels look smaller than they are.

      • Dennis James

        Not rims, but wheel diameters ! This means tire outside diameters. I am surprised at how many people confuse ‘wheels’ with ‘rims’.

  • BlackPegasus

    The rear tail treatment reminds me of the 8 series grand coupe. That’s a good thing I suppose ??


    still drives better than merc – BMW fans

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  • Emoto

    BMW used to have beautiful, elegant styling. What happened? Did they poach a stylist from Subaru? Yuck!

  • SteersUright

    Take 1 X4, 1 X2, and 1 Kia Forte and smoosh them all together and you arrive at this comical looking contraption.

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