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BMW M235i review

This 'Ultimate Driving Machine' is a joy to drive

Published: June 2014

 

Many BMW purists are lamenting the, well, softening of the automaker’s “Ultimate Driving Machine” edict in favor of more comfort, luxury, and technology in recent models. In most cases, we feel the automaker has achieved a good balance between performance and livability, but, yes, certain models are missing that razor-sharp handling edge we’d grown to expect.

The new M235i, on the other hand, is a fresh, exhilarating coupe that has been faithfully forged in the classic BMW mold. The car feels taut, quick, and eager. In short, it’s a joy to drive.

The M235i is powered by a potent 320-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that’s mated to either an eight-speed automatic transmission or, as in our car, a slick six-speed manual.

 

Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the August 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.


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