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The BMW M235i has been spied almost entirely free of camouflage, revealing most of the production car’s exterior design.

CarAdvice’s spy photographers captured the 2 Series coupe during an official photo shoot in which all but the sporty BMW’s boot and rear bumper are visible.


The images reveal for the first time the 2 Series’ new headlights, which are significantly slimmer than those of the 1 Series hatchback on which the new coupe is based.

A kink at the inside lower corners adds character to the front end, and integrates well with the aggressively styled M Sport front bumper and its curvaceous, gaping air intakes.


Strong contours along the doors and blue M Sport brake calipers behind 18-inch alloy wheels continue the sporting theme to rear where we get a peek at the M235i’s dual black-tipped exhaust outlets and bootlid lip spoiler.

Earlier spy photos have confirmed the interior of the 2 Series will be almost identical to that of the 1 Series.


Likewise, the BMW M235i will inherit its 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine from the M135i. It has been rumoured that BMW may push its output up from 235kW to 250kW for the two-door, however, to match the outgoing BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

The BMW 2 Series range will arrive in Australia in early 2014 following it unveiling at the September’s Frankfurt motor show and the start of production in November.


  • racrepus

    Looks fantastic! The headlights look so much better than the ugly 1 series headlights.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, it looks great! much better proportions than the last gen

  • Jason Bourne

    I haven’t been keeping up to date with their model line-up…..and im getting very confused with the ever expanding models. So is the 2 series going to be bigger than the 1 series? I just think there’s so much overlap between the 2 and 1 series.

    • crouchy35

      2 series is the coupe variant of the 1 series. Much like the 4 series will be the coupe variant of the 3 series and so on

  • $29896495

    Nice looking car – So much better than the current 1 series coupe. Must admit when I first saw it I thought it was a current 3 series coupe. Could it really be that much bigger?

    • davie

      Reminds me of a mid 90’s M3. BMW’s seem to get bigger each generation…

  • AKJ

    Wow, that looks really good. I cannot wait for the 4 series now. It seems BMW is striking back at Mercedes. I wonder what Audi will do since the new A3 is grossly underwhelming.

    • MisterZed

      Yeah, too bad for BMW that the new 3-series can’t even outsell the 6-year-old C-Class.

      • sh

        BMW did outsell C class last month,
        BMW 3 series: 313
        Mercedes C class: 272

        • MisterZed

          Er, not quite. You’re only comparing sedan/wagons. If you include coupes, then the C-Class was ahead (396 compared to 375). Anyway, 1 month of sales is meaningless. C-Class has beaten 3-series in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and YTD in 2013.

          • G

            The 3-series coupe is older than the C class. What’s your point?

    • Hector

      the A3 hatch is underwhelming. The A3 sedan on the other hand is quite striking and looks very sharp.

      • Dominique Vøn Hütch

        Yes very true. The A4 has never worked for me for since the shape from the early noughties late nineties, a3 sedan gets picks it up again.

  • Alex

    mini 4 series. beautiful!

  • Igomi Watabi

    It’s a much more mature design than the 1-series, but in being so, immediately loses all of its charm.

    • Dominique Vøn Hütch

      Agree again Igomi – I think everyone grew to love the 1 series coupe after bagging it originally. imo the old 1 series 3-door looked fantastic pity Aus never got it. At least this 2 looks significantly better than the new 1 from the pictures, and that ‘mature’ design will transcend very well into the flesh i dare say.

  • F1orce

    2 series?

    Wow BMW must be very desperate.

    • Sumpguard

      They are just tapping into niche markets like everyone else. It’s not desperate, it’s marketing!!
      Meanwhile this a damned sight better looking than the 1 series abomination.

      • $29896495

        So true.

    • racrepus

      All they did was rename the 1 series coupe/convertible. How’s that getting desperate? Despite the name, it’s still a 1 series coupe, which isn’t new.

      • F1orce

        Their entire range is saturated like no others..

        • Tediosity

          Except you know….Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz….
          It’s the German way.

        • racrepus

          How so? There’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, X1, X3, X5, X6, Z4. That’s 12 models – not including the different body styles available. Kia have 13. Picanto, Rio, Soul, Cee’d, Cerato, Optima, Cadenza, Quoris, Sportage, Sorento, Borrego, Carnival and Rondo. Again, not including the various body styles.

          Your beloved Toyota are probably the worst for model saturation Yaris, Corolla, Camry, Aurion, Avalon, Prius, Matrix, Rav4, Tacoma, Fortuner, Sienna, Kluger, FJ Cruiser, Landcruiser, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, Venza, Tundra, Hilux, Rukus, Prado. That’s 22!!!

          • $29896495

            Think you missed quite a few Toyotas. What Toyota and other makes often do is create a separate name for a car or whatever BMW seem to be creating a tier two of models within a level. For example this MPV as an offshoot of the 1. Whereas Toyota, just give it a new name.

            The flip side of this is that other companies do this to have a car to sit in a certain region. BMW are doing this for their home market. Creating model saturation, in one location.

  • Dominique Vøn Hütch

    God damn – that tail light stretches further into the rear quarter panel than on any other bimmer ive seen for quite some time!

  • WileE

    Wonder what the price hike will be over the old 135i coupe?
    My guess is it will be substantial
    Makes me wonder whether the styling”improvement” is really worth the extra to be upgraded to a “2”

    • KH

      it’s just a name change, so no price hike

      if they give the 2 series a price hike then they would have to do so for the 4 series, which would push the 4 series into 6 series pricing, you don’t even make any sense

  • mike

    best looking BM in the range…so much better than the 1 series

  • Lindsay

    It actually looks pretty generic.

    Which is a clear improvement…