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03/26/2014    9:00 AM
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Autobild.de (German publication) compares the BMW 328i vs Mercedes C250 and Audi A4.

03/20/2014    6:40 PM
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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

03/18/2014    4:20 PM
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Great set of animated images which compare the looks of the BMW M3 and M4 against their 3 and 4 series M Sport counterparts.

03/18/2014    12:50 PM
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Some real life side-by-side looks at the BMW 2 series, 3 series and 4 series all in M Sport guise and in Estoril Blue II.

03/17/2014    4:00 PM
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Check out Road & Track’s recent review of five V8 supercars in disguise. Each features supercar perfromance, raucous V8 engines and four doors.

Highlights regarding the F10 M5:

The Audi’s V8 sounds more cumulonimbus than Days of Thunder, and once up to banked-oval speeds, we’re surprised to see the M5 scream past it. The BMW’s twin-turbo V8 sounds nothing like any of the others; the Bavarians’ ingenious, patented crossover exhaust manifold gives each exhaust pipe an evenly spaced pulse of air, so the wail coming from the tailpipes sounds more flat-crank Ferrari than cross-plane Ford.

Still, thanks to the world’s most difficult-to-activate launch control, plus the double whammy of turbo torque and two-wheel drive, the BMW is a torment on the drag strip. Road Test Editor Robin … CONTINUED

03/17/2014    10:30 AM
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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

03/12/2014    1:10 PM
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Watch Jeremy Clarkson review the BMW 135i hatchback in a recent Top Gear episode. The M135i is compared to the MK7 Volkswagen GTI.

03/10/2014    12:45 PM
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Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review.

The initial idea suggested to yours truly was to line up the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 against the Volkswagen CC R-Line, but the proposal was compelling for all of two minutes. Apart from vaguely sharing body shapes and having turbocharged engines with similar outputs, the bigger, $35K, entry-level luxury question asked was, “Would anybody care?”

Because we wouldn’t have access to an MQB-underpinned Audi A3 until a month after our prospective itinerary, we turned to the other natural Germanic competitor. The MPV-like, front-drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is tentatively due in 2015, so … CONTINUED

03/07/2014    10:51 AM
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X4 Compared to Macan:

Length: 0.39 in / 1mm shorter than Macan
Width: 1.65 in / 42mm narrower than Macan
Height: same height as Macan
Wheelbase: 0.12 in / 3mm longer than Macan

Specs:
xDrive28i – 240hp / 260lb-ft – 0-60 in 6.0 seconds (2.0L turbo inline 4 cyl)
xDrive35i – 300hp / 300 lb-ft – 0-60 in 5.2 seconds (3.0L turbo inline 6 cyl)
Macan S AWD – 340 hp / 339 lb-ft – 0-60 in 5.2 seconds (3.0L turbo V6)
Macan Turbo AWD – 400hp / 406 lb-ft – 0-60 in 4.6 (3.6L turbo V6)

U.S. Pricing:
xDrive28i – $45,625 (including destination and handling)
xDrive35i – $48,925 (including destination and handling)
Macan S – $50,895 (including destination)
Macan Turbo – $73,295 (including destination)