Two sets of tyres in and Chris Harris is very much still enjoying the BMW M235i

2 Series | July 17th, 2014 by 1
Copy of HarrisM235iJuly 02 L 750x500 Two sets of tyres in and Chris Harris is very much still enjoying the BMW M235i

Back in May, UK journalist Chris Harris announced that he is going to get his hands on a BMW M235i with M Performance Parts. “As …

Back in May, UK journalist Chris Harris announced that he is going to get his hands on a BMW M235i with M Performance Parts.

“As a genuine M-car snob, I find this new sub-brand from BMW most interesting,” said Harris for PistonHeads. “I have always winced when I saw the blue and purple dressed on anything that wasn’t built in Garching, and that’s a regular occurrence in the UK because we seem unable not to buy the M Sport version of anything. But these M Performance variants are proper jobs, developed by engineers from both BMW M and the regular car teams.”

Fast forward two months later and Harris has had some chance to play around with the supped up M235i and shared some of his thoughts:

Copy of HarrisM235iJuly 02 L Two sets of tyres in and Chris Harris is very much still enjoying the BMW M235i

I do however love the silly steering wheel and its illegible readout and controls that caused me to invent new swear words during a shoot earlier this week. It’s the definition of a cool gadget, and I’d probably waste £1,250 just for the way it looks and feels in the hand.

If I happen to think the stickers look like a dog’s dinner, the population under the age of 30 appears to disagree. Neil bought the car along to the Nurburgring 24-hour and ended up being folk hero for the weekend, a role I suspect he quietly enjoyed. The Germans just loved the bodykit and the M Performance logos and the fruity exhaust burble. For me, colour plays a big part – BMW Cardiff has an M235i demo in black, with all the same body mods as this car, but without the stripe and with bigger 19-inch rims. It looks the conkers.

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We’re up on 7,000 miles now – there has been no request for a slurp of oil, the brakes have taken a beating but do not judder and I can’t really comment on tyre wear because two video shoots meant beasting two sets of rears. As a dual-role tyre that allows you to drive on the road in any weather, but then tolerate hard track use, I think Michelin Pilot Super Sports are flipping brilliant.

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