TST Road Test Editor Zack Klapman takes the all-new BMW M235i out for a few hot laps of Laguna Seca to see what all the buzz is about.
Motor Trend pits the BMW M235i Coupe vs the Mercedes CLA45 AMG.
Autoexpress pits the iconic E46 M3 CSL versus the M325i coupe on the track.
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We are no big fans of the changeover from the 3-series to the 4-series moniker, but at least BMW is making the transition as easy as possible. The proven concept remains unchanged, and the styling is so evolutionary that a casual observer might find it difficult to tell the difference.
The 4-series Convertible grows slightly in almost every dimension: At 182.6 inches, it is 0.7 inches longer than its predecessor; at 71.9 inches, it is 1.7 inches wider; and its wheelbase grows by 1.9 to 110.6 inches. At least it is lower – at 54.2 inches, which is 0.3 less than before. The 48 per cent front and 52 per cent rear weight distribution remains unchanged.
BMW says the open-top 4-series is “up to 44 lbs … CONTINUED
Sam Hall discovers the German brand’s spiritual successor to the iconic E36 M3.
The guys at TFLCAR pit the M235i against the Lexus IS-F in a drag race. Watch the results of M235i’s 320 HP / 330 lb-ft (turbo 3.0L I6) versus the Lexus IS-F’s 416 HP / 371 lb-ft (5.0L V8), at a mile above sea level.
According to manufacture quoted stats, the IS-F does 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds with its 8 speed auto and the M235i covers 0-60 in 4.8 (auto) / 5.0 (manual).
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago tests the new BMW M235i, the smallest and least expensive performance car in the automaker’s lineup. It has the right formula: rear-wheel drive and a 320-horse turbo straight six. The problem is that the M division, despite what the badges say, didn’t develop it. So is the M235i a poser or the real deal? Through instrumented testing, a drive on the winding road, and a hot lap with Randy Pobst at Streets of Willow, let’s find out.
Chris Chilton of CAR puts the new BMW M235i through it’s paces in tricky conditions. Is this new BMW worthy of the prestigious ‘M’ badge?