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F22 / F23 2 Series (On Sale Early 2014) The 2 Series coupe is the replacement for the E82/E88 1 series coupe. Production starts in November 2013 on the 228i (N20) and M235i (N55) coupes. Look for them in dealerships in February 2014. The convertible F23 2 series will follow in the fall of 2014.
BMW has released the specs on the BMW M Performance Auto version of the 1 F20 Series, the M 135i xDrive. M Performance Autos are a blend of M car and non-M that is half way between a 135i and the 1M. It is hard to get too excited about the specs as it isn't likely we will see this car in the US, but a M Performance Auto variant of the 2 series coupe that is coming state side in the next year or so is likely.
If we do get a M 235i xDrive it will share similar engine and suspension details so that is worth getting a little excited about. A 320hp xDrive 2 series coupe would be a screamer!
Highlights from the M135i xDrive Spec Sheet Engine Technology - M TwinPower Turbo technology with Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct injection system High Precision Injection, fully variable valve control (VALVETRONIC) and double VANOS variable camshaft timing
Engine Capacity - 2979 CC
Horsepower - 320 horsepower at 5800 RPMs
Torque - 331 pound feet of torque at a tire twisting low 1300 RPMs
Front Suspension - Double-joint aluminum control arms with M-specific geometry
Rear Suspension - Light steel five link with double elastic bearings
Front Brakes - Four piston aluminum floating calipers riding on vented disk brakes.
Rear Brakes - Two piston aluminum floating calipers on vented disk brakes.
Steering - BMW Electronic Power Steering (EPS) with variable sport
Does any other M135i xDrive specification pop out to you? Would you buy an M135i xDrive if they came to the US?