BMW M235i Test Drive by MotorTrend

2 Series | March 9th, 2014 by 4
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MotorTrend test drives the successor of the BMW 1M (or at least until the M2 comes out), the BMW M235i. The BMW M235i Coupe is …

MotorTrend test drives the successor of the BMW 1M (or at least until the M2 comes out), the BMW M235i. The BMW M235i Coupe is the latest member of the BMW M Performance Automobile family and the first of its kind sold in the United States with a base price of $43,100.

Under the hood, the M235i uses the N55 six-cylinder inline powerplant with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology which generates maximum output of 240 kW/326 hp and accelerates the BMW M235i Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds (official figure).

But let’s have a look at the review by MotorTrend and see what performance they recorded aboard the M235i. Here is also our own test drive of the BMW M235i.

BMW M235i Test Drive by MotorTrend

Someone in my neighborhood has a 1 Series M. It’s hard to miss, with its wide fenders and quad exhaust pipes. It’s orange, too, as if to further point out that there are just 739 like it in the U.S. and you don’t have one. Whenever I see a 1 Series M, I think of this car’s owner with no shortage of jealousy. Or, at least, I used to, because now there’s the BMW M235i.

“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 M235i’s perceived shortcomings, it’s 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 103 feet from 60 mph (better by 2 feet). Most interesting, the M235i’s 0.97 g skidpad average and 24.9-second figure-eight lap time is off the 1M’s pace by just 0.01 average g and 0.1 second, respectively. The M235i could be faster, too. Our test car didn’t have that optional locking diff, and, as a result, had difficulty on corner exit in the figure eight.

Full review

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  • ckz

    I got it recently and its a BEAST

    • Carson Goodwin

      I agree. Got mine Friday . It’s a pleasure to drive.

  • BMWRIPPEDMEOFF

    I Received a call from BMW North America today saying “Sorry not our Problem”! We know the car was sent into the market place like this but we are going to void the manufactures warranty and you need to pay us $7000 to fix. BMW of America CEO Ludwig Willisch said the company is intensifying its “customer-driven focus” with the changes, which take effect Jan. 1.

    Good Afternoon,
    I recently purchased a 2011 BMW 328i from a local dealership (not a BMW dealership), the vehicle had 30,000 original miles on the car and was still under manufactures warranty. Shortly after (about 2 days) I purchased the vehicle the check engine light came on and knowing that it was still under warranty I took it to my local dealer to get it check out. The day after I dropped the vehicle off they called and said they had found the problem and it would take a few days to fix. Several days later I received a call requesting I come down so that they could show me an issue they found with the vehicle. After I arrived they walked me out to the vehicle and showed me (picture attached) what they found as they began break down the vehicle to fix the known problem. Well, comes to find out that the previous owner that was leasing the car from BWM failed to do an oil change for the entire period of the lease. As you can see from the picture this has caused A LOT of damage. The dealer informed me that they would need to get approval to fix the vehicle do to this finding. The continued to hold the vehicle for the next 2 weeks waiting on approval or denial to make the necessary repairs. As of this morning I received a call from the local dealer telling my BMW has denied to cover the repairs and now has voided the warranty. I now own a vehicle that needs major repairs that when I purchased had a full warranty on anything that may has gone wrong. Here are a few reasons I disagree with BMW’s denial to repair:
    • This was a BMW lease and I would be surprised that they were not aware that the vehicle hadn’t had an oil change during the entire life of the lease. I know that BMW keeps records on every vehicle and would be aware that there is a red flag here.
    • Why did they sale the vehicle to another party knowing that there were red flags with the lack of regular maintenance performed on the vehicle
    • As you can see from the picture, the area just below the oil cap was cleaned in the case someone looked inside they would see the damage
    • This vehicle was looked at by 2 local BMW dealerships and GIVE A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH. Neither flagged the lack of any records regarding the scheduled maintenance. Both of these dealerships looked at the car before I purchased it.
    o BMW of Fremont, CA did an inspection and Oil change on the vehicle and knew there was serious issues and still sold the car.
    I am asking you to reconsider the decision that has been made as I think there were multiple areas where this could have been caught prior to the resale of the vehicle. I am a single dad and I now am sitting on a vehicle that I purchased for $25,000 and unable to cover cost of the repairs and unable to drive.

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