Following the reveal of a range of performance accessories for thenew BMW 2 series Coupe range, the M235i Racing takes things to another level, as a production-based coupe eligible for competition in entry-level racing series.
Based on the M235i Coupe flagship, the Racing is powered by an uprated version of standard two-door's 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine outputting 245kW – up 5kW. It also adds a 3.5-inch wider track, safety tank and a race ready interior with a full FIA roll cage as well as driving aids such as stability control and anti-lock brakes.
A host of BMW ‘M Performance Parts’ are also included and comprise a limited-slip differential, front and rear spoilers, a rear diffuser, and carbonfibre wing mirrors.
The M235i Racing has been conceived for racing events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nurburgring 24 Hours race.
Despite the changes, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt said the basic M235i provided an "exceptionally good" basis for the Racing coupe.
"Because of this, we did not have to make many modifications in order to get the BMW M235i Coupe up and running as a racing car.”
“While the BMW Z4 GT3 spearheads our range, the new M235i Racing means we are now also excellently positioned for the coming years in the field of production-based racing cars."
The BMW M235i Racing will go on sale from next year, priced at 59,500 euros ($89,890).
Replacing the seven-year-old BMW 1 Series Coupe, the rear-wheel-drive 2 Series Coupe range is due to arrive locally in April 2014, with prices expected to start below $50,000.