Jeremy Clarkson reviews the BMW 435i M Sport

4-Series | November 19th, 2013 by 5
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Top Gear’s famous host Jeremy Clarkson reviews the new BMW 435i M Sport. The M Sport Package includes revised front and rear aprons, large alloy …

Top Gear’s famous host Jeremy Clarkson reviews the new BMW 435i M Sport.

The M Sport Package includes revised front and rear aprons, large alloy wheels and some modifications for the interior, including sports seats and sports steering wheel. In combination with the M package, BMW offers the Estoril Blue Metallic color.

No power upgrades are included in the package. The BMW 435i uses the same drivetrain as the F30 335i: turbocharged inline six-cylinder with 306 horsepower. The engine can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic.

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In the US, the BMW 435i with rear-wheel drive starts at $46,000 while the M Sport is an additional $3,100.

Here is an excerpt from Clarkson’s review:

So I was surprised and, yes, a little bit disappointed when I put my foot down for the first time in BMW’s new 435i coupé. This is the sporty two-door version of the 3-series. In the past it would have been called the 3-series coupé but BMW has decided to give it a name of its own, which has allowed the stylists to have a freer hand. A much freer hand, as it turns out, because the only panel this car shares with its four-door stablemate is the bonnet.

The rest is all different and all new and nowhere near as dramatic as I’d been expecting. Yes, it’s lower and wider than the saloon — the rear wheels are about 3in further apart — but it lacks visual presence. And on the face of it, that doesn’t sound such a good idea.

When someone buys the two-door version of a four-door car, they are spending more money and getting less practicality. And the only reason they would want to do this is: they want more style. And with the 4-series I’m not sure they’re getting it.

Which brings me back to the noise. Floor the throttle and all you get is a gentle hum, the sound of an engine that is doing a spot of gardening or maybe popping down the road for a pint of milk. It doesn’t really sound as though it’s making much of an effort at all.

Maybe it isn’t. Because even though it’s a 3-litre turbocharged straight six, it’s producing only 302 brake horsepower. That’s 14bhp less than you get from the 3-litre turbocharged straight six in the smaller BMW M135i. What we have, then, is a car that is more expensive than the more practical 3-series and slower than the 1-series. A bad start.

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