Anticipated Shortcoming: Gen 2 BMW M235i Gran Coupe to Disappoint

New M235i GC May Share Weight Gain with M5

It appears that the soon-to-be-released BMW M235i might be even more disappointing than its predecessor, particularly when it comes to its weight. We were not particularly impressed with the current BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe here at CarBuzz. While we did recognize some positive aspects during our test drive a few years ago, the chassis left us wanting more. However, according to a credible insider on the Bimmerpost forum, new information has been leaked regarding the M135i xDrive (essentially the M235i GC without a trunk), and one of the details mentioned is that it will be about 25 kilograms (55 pounds) heavier than the previous model. This is definitely not encouraging news.

As the weight of hot hatch vehicles increases, it is expected that the sedan version will also follow this trend. At BMW, it seems that heavy weight is becoming more and more common. The upcoming M5, known as the original “supercar in a suit,” will be no exception to this, with a hefty weight of nearly 5,400 lbs. This follows the brand’s first standalone M car, the XM halo SUV, which weighs a staggering 6,000 lbs. It appears that BMW is determined to supersize its suits, regardless of the potential for breaking the scales.

Nevertheless, the burden must be adequately distributed when considering the latest 1 Series (as well as the fresh 2 Series). Both cars share a similar platform and are expected to offer a comparable level of performance.

According to the study, the upcoming F70 1 Series is set to have slightly increased dimensions in comparison to its previous model, resulting in potentially more spacious interiors.

The source of this information can be attributed to the same forum user who previously leaked details about the upcoming M5, including its extravagant weight, and also accurately predicted the launch of the B58-powered BMW Z4 featuring a manual gearbox back in October 2023. These revelations were officially confirmed by authorities in December, further solidifying the credibility of this individual. Overall, this user has consistently shared accurate information ahead of its public release and can be considered as a reliable source.

When is the release of the highly anticipated F74 2 Series Gran Coupe? Spottings on US land in the previous year confirm the rumors that it will be hitting the market sometime in the beginning of this year. It is possible that a grand unveiling will take place before the end of the first quarter.


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