Steeped in the heritage of Le Mans, and working out of their factory at the world famous Nurburgring racing circuit in Germany, BMW’s M division has been creating ultra-high performance variants of the company’s marquis coupes and sedans for over 30 years. The men and women at this arm of BMW are dedicated to making the world’s Ultimate Driving Machines even better.
In recent years, BMW has expanded their division with M Performance Automobiles (MPA). Available in Europe for the previous two model years, MPA has been creating high-performance street oriented machines for the enthusiastic driver in all of us. With the introduction of the M235i at the Chicago International Auto Show, BMW and MPA are finally bringing their finest creations to the United States.
Invoking the racing heritage of BMW’s M, the M235i receives all of the performance enhancements one would expect from the speed smitten engineers at MPA. With a 320 horsepower, 3.0 liter TwinPower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine matched to either a six speed manual transmission, or an 8 speed dual clutch sport automatic equipped with paddle shifters and launch control, the M235i can rocket your body from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. It tops out at speeds over 150 MPH.
A dynamically tuned chassis with M Adaptive Sport Suspension and Variable Sport Power Steering is engineered to get you around the corners. This, combined with Michelin summer oriented performance tires and quick throttle response, creates a confidence-inspiring, cornering ability that makes you yearn for the back country roads.
MPA has also modified the interior and exterior of the BMW M235i to align with the concealed modifications made to the mechanical components. Designing the new front and rear fascia to be more aggressive with larger air intakes and dual exhaust outlets, the M235i now looks as beautiful as it drives.
The refinements continue into the passenger cabin with the deluxe fit and finish BMW is known for. Soft surfaces throughout are accented by wood and aluminum trim, which produce the aura of luxury and sportiness that MPA has aimed for. Designed by the best that the BMW Corporation has to offer, the proportions, styling, and feel of the BMW M235i culminate in an Ultimate Driving Machine that positions it among the finest automobiles BMW has ever created. It has the styling and proportions reminiscent of the greatest BMWs of the past 30 years.
The newest BMW has all the technology you would expect in a driver-oriented counsel layout for maximum convenience, plus a functional cockpit-type feel. The technology includes the iDrive 4.2 touchpad-enabled 8.8” navigational display with Bluetooth integration and access to BMW apps.
In the European market, BMW has employed M Performance Automobiles to create improved versions of their already superior full-sized vehicles. The M550d and X5 M50d have demonstrated their ability to improve on the best vehicles available today, creating a dynamic driving experience that is difficult to find in today’s homologated automotive market.
After the M235i, BMW looks to expand the MPA lineup in the American market, adding a 3-series, 6-series, and bringing over the 5-series variations. For now, we have the M235i, a phenomenal vehicle in all the right ways.
Article contributed by Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville, IL