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:
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.
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.