BMW turned out in force at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show 2014, with their awesome booth including some of the fastest and most advanced BMW’s ever created.
First off, Detroit marked the world debuts of both the new 2014 BMW M3 Sedan and 2014 BMW M4 Coupe. Under the hood, both the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe are fitted with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine revving to 7,600 rpm and producing an impressive 431 hp between 5,390 rpm and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft of torque from a low 1,800 rpm to 5,390rpm. That torque figure is available across a broad rev range and is an improvement over the outgoing BMW E92 M3 of 40 per cent. As a result of this brand new powerplant, both the 2014 BMW M3 and 2014 BMW M4 will sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds which equipped with the optional seven-speed M double clutch transmission.
Detroit also marks the world debut of the 2-Series Coupe, with the most exciting model for us being the M235i. Pinned as a successor to the potent BMW M135i coupe, the BMW M235i features a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder petrol engine producing an impressive 321 hp. As a result, when fitted with the standard six-speed manual transmission, the 2014 BMW M235i can hit 100 km/h in a brisk 5 seconds. However, that time falls to 4.8 second when optioned with the eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Further cars displayed by BMW at Detroit include the all-electric BMW i3 and the hybrid BMW i8 sports car. The i8 features a traditional internal combustion engine, two electric motors, a battery as well as all the electronics. That traditional engine is a mid-mounted 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder powertrain pumping out an impressive 231 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels.
However, BMW wasn’t entirely satisfied with those figures and also fitted an electric motor up front which on its own produces 131 hp and 184 lb-ft of instantly available torque. As a result, the BMW i8 produces a total of 362 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and is good for a sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.