Fiery BMW M235i revealed in leaked pictures

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Fiery BMW M235i revealed in leaked pictures

Images of the upcoming BMW M235i have leaked onto the Internet prior to its official unveiling at the Detroit motor show early next year.

The M235i tops the new 2-series range that has also been unveiled today with its 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 322bhp.

The most powerful model in the 2-series range will be able to despatch of the 0-62mph sprint in 5-seconds and go on to a limited top speed of 155mph.

Fans of the 1M coupe will enjoy the small yet aggressive proportions of the new 2-series, something the current 1-series and potent M135i model has done away with to an extent.

Despite featuring classic BMW 'shrunken coupe' styling, the new 2-series isn't quite as aggressive as the small sporty coupes of old. Instead, the Teutonic marque has opted to inject the taut lines and subtle creases of its larger 3 and 4-series models in order to attract a wider audience.

Customer will be able to specify their M235is with either a slick six-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox as well as plundering an options list that includes gadgets such as an around view monitor and mobile web access.

The rest of the 2-series line up will be available in 2.0-litre petrol and diesel configurations, badged 220i and 220d respectively, and starting at just over £25,000.

A further two diesel models, the 218d and 225d are also expected to join the line-up in May. A convertible version will also follow in the second half of 2014.

As always, buyers will be able to choose from the standard trim levels: SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport, with each boasting unique styling details both inside and out, on top of the varying levels of equipment.

Prices for the M235i are expected to be around £35,000 with the first examples hitting forecourts in March 2014.

BMW M235i

BMW M235i