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.… CONTINUED
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?
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. … 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, … 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 … 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.
First 2 series crash / accident that we’ve seen
We have added the full technical data and specs for the U.S. 2 series coupe models – 228i and M235i.
Have a read at our first BMW M235i owner’s review.
Some track footage of the M235i Coupe.