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Dähler BMW M235i Cabrio is an M2 Preview

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The BMW M235i is a damn fine compact premium sport coupe (or convertible, if you’re the sun-worshipping sort), but it is not, as its multiple-numeral name suggests, an actual M Car. No, BMW is instead saving the M2 designation for a more hard-edged, hyperactive version of the F22 platform that we hear will be making its debut either at Frankfurt next month or here in L.A. come November. What sorts of numbers can we expect that car to put up? A Swiss tuner called Dähler has a few ideas…

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Dähler (which concentrates on BMWs but also offers parts and services for modern Minis and BMW-powered Wiesmanns) picked up the silver M235i xDrive (read: AWD) Cabrio you see here and immediately set about transforming it into a cloth-top terror. An 18-way adjustable coilover kit brings the car closer to the pavement, while 19” wheels from another BMW tuner, Hartge, help fill the fenders. Upgraded brakes and a mechanical rear LSD with a shorter final drive ratio are other highlights of the chassis and driveline enhancements.

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However, the Dähler folks weren’t done yet. A suite of upgrades (including a sport exhaust system) fitted to the turbocharged 3.0L inline-six lift output from the stock 322 horsepower to an M4-worrying 385 horsepower. Mash the throttle from rest, let the 8-speed automatic (M235i xDrives aren’t available with a stick.) do its thing and you’ll be doing 62 mph in a respectable 4.2 seconds and eventually hit 179 mph, so sayeth Dähler. Of course, even at those speeds, you should still plan on wearing sunscreen if you plan on motoring top-down for extended periods, because all the tuning parts in the world won’t help you outrun a photon.

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