BMW M235i Coupe: Test Drive
The most sought after BMW over the last few years hasn’t been an M3, M5 or even an Alpina B7. In 2011, BMW released a very limited number of 1 Series M Coupes for a price tag of $47,560. Equipped with many M3 bits including braking, suspension, and transmission components, the 1 Series was a highly sought after vehicle.
While the 2014 BMW M235i Coupe won’t be produced in limited numbers, and isn’t meant to be a replacement for the 1 Series M Coupe, the performance and overall vehicle dynamics will make it a classic for BMW enthusiasts.
On the outside, the 2014 BMW 2 Series is slightly lower, wider, and longer than the previous 1 Series it is replacing. While in the US, the 2 Series is currently only available in a coupe; there is also a hatchback version BMW has released overseas. Odd thing is, due to all the number/name changes, the hatchback is still under the 1 Series name.
Thanks to the wider and longer track of the 2 Series, there is slightly more interior space for both passengers and cargo. Expect to see tight rear seats with child-friendly leg room. The quality is also enhanced thanks to soft touch materials on doors and dash along with brushed aluminum accents.
On the 2014 M235i, BMW opted for a single turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that makes a hefty 320 horsepower. The standard transmission is an eight-speed automatic, but for enthusiasts; a 6-speed manual is available at no extra cost.
BMW also optioned the M235i with adjustable dampers along with the electronic drive mode selector that can instantly change the characteristic of the car based on your driving needs. Expect to see multiple ranges including Eco and Sport+.
Under Eco mode, the M235i does have Stop/Start ability to the turn the vehicle off at stops and then automatically restart when the accelerator pedal is depressed. To take it one step forward, the climate control system will also lower its blower speed which will have less draw from the battery. These features are also standard on the entry-level 228i which starts at only $33,050.
The 2014 BMW M235i is not exactly a lightweight, but thanks to its high quality finish and the use of great technology including electric power steering, even a beginner can have some fun. Since the suspension can adapt to your specific needs and with plenty of power from the single turbo engine, the M235i can instantly turn into a fishtailing machine.
If auto cross is your cup of tea or if you are interested in getting your BMW to redline, it will be hard to hear if the engine or radio is making all that wonderful noise. That is because the BMW M235i is the latest vehicle to also incorporate a synthesized audio track that plays through the sound system. This technology is to enhance the audible sensations one gets from driving a performance car, but doesn’t want the discomforts on a daily basis.
The 2014 BMW M235i might not be a direct replacement for the historic 1 Series M Coupe or a competitor to the much more expensive M4 Coupe, but it does offer a ton of performance at a great price. Bill Jacobs BMW has one of the largest selections of new and used BMWs in the Chicagoland area. Whether you’re interested in a roaring sports car, comfortable family car, or luxury sedan, we have the perfect BMW waiting for you here at our Naperville BMW dealership. Browse through our full selection of new and pre-owned BMW vehicles at billjacobs.com.