- BMW has announced its new 2014 BMW M235i racecar.
- The car will replace the M3 GT4 as its entry-level customer racecar.
- Pricing starts at the U.S. equivalent of $80,000.
MUNICH, Germany — The 2014 BMW M235i Racing vehicle will replace the BMW M3 GT4 as the automaker's entry-level customer racecar.
Based on the M235i model of the upcoming 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe, the car will be used in racing series including the VLN Endurance Championship and Nürburgring 24 Hours. BMW would also like to see it on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers in the future.
As the concept illustration shows, the 2014 M235i gets an aggressive wide-body kit, spoilers, diffuser, carbon-fiber mirror covers and large deep-dish wheels. The racer incorporates BMW's 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, generating 333 horsepower.
Other features include a limited-slip differential, FIA-certified roll cage and motorsport-specific driving aids like ABS, DSC and traction control.
"We did not have to make many modifications in order to get the BMW M235i Coupé up and running as a racing car," said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt in a statement.
Pricing for the 2014 M235i Racing starts at the U.S. equivalent of $80,000, which doesn't include a value-added tax.
BMW's all-new 2014 2 Series Coupe is scheduled to make its public debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show this January.
Edmunds says: A cool racer that is ready for a hot track.