BMW has just officially announced its line-up of cars for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2014 early next month. Included in the list of cars on display, there will be a selection of world premieres for the very latest products from BMW.
More specifically, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will have its world debut as will the recently revealed BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe. Additionally, the brand new BMW 2-Series Coupe range will celebrate its European debut at Geneva alongside the brand new 2014 BMW M3 Sedan and 2014 BMW M4 Coupe. Additionally, the BMW i3 presented as well the production version of the i8 hybrid sports car.
Of most interest to us of course are the 4-Series Gran Coupe, M3, M4, M235i and i8. The first, the 4-Series Gran Coupe, was only recently revealed online and has exactly the same dimensions as the two-door coupé: a length of 4,638 millimeters, a width of 1,825 millimeters and a wheelbase of 2,810 millimeters. Up front, both models are identical and share the typical BMW design features such as the double-kidney grille, dual round headlights and the large air intake in the front apron.
Under the hood, the BMW M235i features a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder petrol engine producing an impressive 321 horsepower. 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.
By comparison, both the new M3 and M4 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.
Finally, the BMW i8 features a traditional engine 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. In addition it includes an electric motor up front which on its own produces 131 hp and 184 lb-ft of instantly available torque.