The BMW 2 Series replaces the 1 series and while the look of the BMW 1 Series was not to everyones cup of tea, this new BMW M235i is a stunner. It’s 2.5 inches longer and 1.3 inches wider and has almost an inch and a half of wider track, both front and back compared to the previous 1 Series. But it’s how, it makes use of the extra proportions into a work of automotive beauty that boggles ones mind. But how does it drive?
2014 BMW M235i Coupe Review
The BMW M235i shares the same engine found in the current BMW 335i sedan and the 435i coupe, but here’s the twist. It has an uprated engines which produces 20 more odd horses out of the 3.0 Liter straight 6 to 320hp and 450Nm of torque and well mated to a fantastic 8 speed gearbox powering two 19 inch tires at the back. Our tester came with a few extra goodies over the regular M235i, it has got the M Performance package added on. What that means is that we get an upgraded aerodynamic kit, M Exhaust with carbon fiber tips, carbon fiber mirrors and spoilers as well as an alcantara lined steering wheel.
But this is not a true “M”. Word is out that the new M2 is soon to be out and that would increase a whole lot of palpitation to drivers who are well aware of the sheer excellence in driving dynamics of the now discontinued BMW 1M. BMW has been known to build true drivers car but somewhere down the line the cars, though great, lacked a certain bit of “feel”. The new 435i coupe is a great coupe, better in almost all aspects than the previous generations but lacks what we always expected from BMW, and that’s feel. Our wait is over. BMW has heard us and the new M235i will sure silence the most stubborn of BMW critics. Words just fail to describe how good this car is, though I will try and justify a bit, it’s better to test one out and see for yourself.
The M235i, without the M Performance package, costs the same as the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG but that’s where the similarity end. This is BMW’s smallest offering to performance driving much like the A45 AMG is to Mercedes-Benz, but the driving dynamics are quite far from each other. They are both intoxicating in their own ways. Driving a rear wheel drive vehicle requires a certain finesse but it also provides for an exhilarating driving satisfaction. BMW still retains the RWD format for all their performance cars though their XDrive which is BMW’s AWD format is also available.
BMW has gone back to its traditional straight 6 format but this time they have introduced forced induction to it. Their straight 6 has always been the talk of the motoring industry and has won many accolades, personally I was sad when they had opted for the V6, all is forgiven now, long live the straight 6. The interior of the M235i is undistinguishable from the 335i and the 435i. But the drive of the M235i is poles apart. This is where the M235i shines.
The torque is right at your finger tip, with the full 450Nm of it available from as low as 1300rpm, the M235i shoots off to 100kmph in 4.6 seconds. This is mighty fast and quite comparable to the previous generation M3′s. The chassis is well sorted and its the combination of body control and its 8 speed tranny and the power delivery which overwhelms us.
To me it has been all about the feel. And the M235i obliges me, rather gives me in abundance that feel. The car almost feels like it’s talking to you, have you ever had that moment with a car before. You know exactly how the car is behaving and you can adjust the throttle, brakes or the steering for any minute corrections which the M235i executes immediately to the tarmac. This becomes more than driving but an event.
The BMW M235i is the perfect all-rounder. Boot size is generous, the damping is tight but comfortable, you have all the luxury amenities available and yet I’m still hard pressed to find a single fault. Maybe there isn’t any, could it be true, a perfect car? It doesn’t really matter, what matters is that every time I took the car out, I came back with a huge grin on my face and that to me speaks volumes.
|2014 BMW M235i Coupe|
|Displacement||2979 cc TwinPower Turbo, inline 6 cylinder|
|Rated Output||320hp between 5800 – 6000 rpm|
|Rated Torque||450Nm between 1300 – 4500 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||8-speed Sport Automatic transmission; includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, RWD|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.6 secs|
|Max Speed||250 kmph (limited|
|Price (AED)||250,000** (price as tested with M Performance Accessories is 302,000**)|
** Prices are inclusive of Abu Dhabi Motor’s 5 Years or 100 000 kms Service and Repair Inclusive Package
Options : M Performance Accessories (AED 52,000)
|2014 BMW M235i Coupe – M Performance Accessories on test vehicle|
|M Performance Aerodynamic Kit|
|M Double Spoke 19” Alloy Wheels|
|M Performance Carbon Boot lid Spoiler|
|M Performance Rear muffler with Carbon Tips|
|M Performance Gloss Black Kidney Grills|
|M Performance Carbon Mirror Covers|
|M Performance Metal Pedal Set|
|M Performance Alcantara Steering Wheel|
Images by Charn Kamal, our new member to team CarbonOctane
Special thanks to Abu Dhabi Motors for the loan of the BMW M235i with the M Performance Package
|Abu Dhabi Motors|
|Location||Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum St.|
|United Arab Emirates|
|Opening Hours||Sat – Thurs : 8:30am – 9:00pm — Friday : 4:00pm – 9:00pm|
|Web site||Abu Dhabi Motors Web Page|
|Tel:||+971 2 507 5800|
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