Earlier this week, BMWBLOG kicked off a new series of articles – The Driveway – that aim to feature our readers’ cars. It’s a way for us to thank the BMW community for their support while also featuring some interesting cars. Today, we’re featuring the precursor to the BMW M2 Coupe – the M235i.

The M235i is without a doubt an enthusiast’s car. Therefore, any car, that wants to be considered an Enthusiast’s Car, needs to be fast. Not necessarily melt-your-face fast, but fast enough to entertain the driver. It needs to be exciting and able to burn at least some sports cars off the line. Power is something the M235i has a lot of, 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque to be exact. That’s a lot of horsepower for such a small car. If you add all-wheel drive to it, the M235i can be a beast on any track. The car featured here today comes with a wide range of performance upgrades which turn the M235i into the perfect racing car.

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Name: Bryan Duncan
Car (year/make/model): 2015 m235 xi
Time of Ownership: August 2015 – Present
What made you buy it?: I couldn’t wait for the m2, and wanted a new track toy.
Things you like: It’s a 400whp+ go kart
Things you’d change: Carbon ceramic brakes

Modifications Done:


  • Dinan camber plates
  • M Adaptive suspension
  • Investigating spring and coil over options

Engine Upgrades

  • Evolution Racewerks Turbo to Intercooler Charge Pipe (TIC) and Charge Pipe
  • Dinan Intake wrapped in gold heat reflective tape
  • Dinan front mount intercooler
  • AFEPower modified f30 Magnum FORCE Intake System Scoop
  • S55 Spark Plugs

Tuning and Performance

  • Enzo Performance 400R+ ECU re-calibration
  • RK-Tunes switchable dyno tuned maps via OBD
  • Burger Motorsport JB+ (boost controller)

Exhaust Upgrades

  • Enzo Performance cat-less downpipe
  • Fabspeed muffler bypass exhaust system with 3.5” carbon fiber tips
  • Brake Upgrades:
  • EBC Yellowstuff pads
  • MPerformance Rotors
  • Bimmerworld Insulated F22 Stainless Steel Brake Line Kit


  • Nitto NT01 DOT-Compliant Competition Road Course Tire 235/40ZR18


  • 18” x 8.5” Gunmetal Enkei Tuner Raijin square setup


  • M Performance front splitter
  • M Performance rear diffuser
  • M Performance cabon fiber rear spoiler
  • RW Carbon fiber mirror replacement covers
  • AC Schnitzer rear window spoiler

Any Adventures?: Everyday is an adventure. Run NASA/ BMWCCA/SCCA HPDE and track days. Island Dragway/Atco quartermiles.

Costs: right around $18,000

What’s Next (Next car, next adventure, etc.)?: Widebody, cage, seats, harness, coilovers

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