Prepare to fall in love.
You doubtless remember the 1 Series M Coupe, that BMW M purist performance machine that was discontinued far too soon. Well, it appears that not only is the automaker planning a proper replacement with the upcoming M2, but it has something else up its sleeve that will make amateur racers giddy with absolute delight. Presenting the 2014 BMW M235i Racing, a stripped-down version of the recently unveiled M235i road car that will effectively replace the M3 GT4.
For a price of €59,000 (about $80k), this coupe meets all of the requirements for entry-level racing on the Nurburgring in the VLN Endurance Championship racing series. It comes standard with motorsport driving aids like ABS, DSC and traction control. It also receives the wide-body treatment with a track that’s been stretched a further 3.5 inches. Power comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharger inline-six with 333 horsepower. Other features include a FIA-certified safety cell and a mechanical limited-slip differential. There are also front and rear spoilers, diffusers and carbon wing mirrors.