Motor Trend has just published a comparison of a trio of hot turbocharged cars – the BMW M235i, Mercedes CLA45 AMG and Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition.
You can catch the full review at Motor Trend, but here are some M235i highlights and results.
The Bavarian Ballerina
Comprehending the M’s character took little effort when hustling among the canyons: a few degrees tilt of the thick helm, a stab of the attentive throttle, one snappy downshift from the eight-speed automatic. Everything’s tuned for dynamism. You feel it. You hear it. The rear 245/35R18 Michelin Pilot SuperSports dug in feverishly, tidily converting the 3.0-liter inline-six’s 330 lb-ft into a smooth surge. The M235i meticulously sliced through the bends, with variable steering that served up an ideal weightiness, albeit … CONTINUED
A new M235i owner shares with us his review of the car against his 135i, which he still currently owns.
Well fellas, I finally took delivery of my M235, late yesterday here in Indiana, and I wanted to provide some initial thoughts to others on the forum.
By way of background, this is my 5th BMW. I had 2 E92s, both 328, and 2 E82 135s. All of those were MT but for the last 135, which has the DCT.
My M235 is BSM with a MT, the premium, and cold weather package, and I have about 70 miles on the clock at this point.
My current 135 is currently riding on Blizzaks, and the M235 is on PSS, just for points of comparison’s sake. I drove them … CONTINUED
Car Throttle reviews the BMW M235i in Spain and calls it the most intoxicating coupe you can buy currently.
Autoexpress asks whether the M235i coupe is the new E36 M3.
In a recent BMW M235i commercial [see all], the M235i is seen performing a spin maneuver while backing away from and then leading a BMW 2002 (symbolizing a passing of the proverbial torch).
To show that the maneuver seen in the commercial was real (not CGI generated) and also possible with the 8 speed auto transmission, BMW invited two stunt drivers to recreate the action.
Our full video review of the BMW M235i coupe from its recent launch at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
BMW M235i review by XCAR:
The BMW M235i is a rare thing. It’s the kind of car that just feels… right. It makes you feel special, and it makes me wonder whether BMW needs release an M2 at all.
The reviewer loved it.
"Initially" is the key word, because the more I drove the M235i, the more it reminded me of that orange 1M, and the more the jealousy started to disappear. Consider the performance data. The 1M was a party-sized M3, putting down the same numbers as its V-8 big brother. But despite the M235is perceived shortcomings, its right on the pace of those two. At 4.4 seconds to 60 mph and 13.0 seconds to the quarter mile (fastest run performed without launch control), the M235i is just 0.2 second behind the 1M. Braking performance is improved too, with a best stop of … CONTINUED
Here are photos of the Alpine White M235i 2 Series on display at the 2014 Geneva auto show.
No M Performance Parts 2 Series here, but there is a 4 Series with M Performance Parts.