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
Great set of animated images which compare the looks of the BMW M3 and M4 against their 3 and 4 series M Sport counterparts.
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.
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 … 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
Watch Jeremy Clarkson review the BMW 135i hatchback in a recent Top Gear episode. The M135i is compared to the MK7 Volkswagen GTI.
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 … CONTINUED
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
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 … CONTINUED
Jethro compares the Audi S3 against the BMW M135i on track at Bedford Autodrome.
We revealed the BMW X4 to you yesterday and as you saw, it shares very similar styling to the BMW X3, in particular the front end styling. Here’s a set of visual comparison images to show how the X4 compares to the X3.
Length: 184.3 inches (4,680 mm) (0.6 inches / 14mm longer than X3)
Height: 63.9 inches (1,624 mm) (1.5 inches / 37mm lower than X3)
Front seats sit 0.8 inches … CONTINUED
First real life comparison photos of the F82 M4 coupe versus the E92 M3 coupe.
CAR Magazine reviews the BMW 435i coupe against the Audi S5 and Mercedes E400. Check out the comparison review inside.
We’ve compiled this look at the 2015 X3 (refreshed model) against the pre-facelift version.
New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28d Specs:
2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine
We compare the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) versus the 3 Series Sedan (F30) and the 4 Series Coupe (F32), both visually and specs-wise.
Chris Harris pits three 550+ hp luxury super saloons against each other in this comparo between the M6 Gran Coupe, E63 AMG and XFR-S.
As we knew, there are multiple F80 M3 and F82 M4 cars at the Detroit auto show. One of our readers recently discovered the ‘spares’ parked in the garage underneath the Cobo Center (where the show is being held).
As luck would have it, he was driving his Le Mans Blue E92 M3 Coupe, which of course called for a photo with the new M3/M4.
The BMW E46 M3 is regarded as one of the best drivers cars of all time, and they can now be had for under $25,000. In our opinion, the Ford Fiesta ST is the best new car you can buy for under $25,000. So, which is better? We hit the canyons with both to find out.
We have added even more comparison photos of the BMW M4 vs the Lexus RC F.