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2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:44 pm
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Melbourne red metallic, black leather heated seats, piano black trim
3.0 straight six, twin scroll turbo - 321bhp, 332Ib/ft N55 engine
0-62 4.8secs
8 speed sport auto with paddle control
Adaptive M sport suspension
Adaptive Xenon headlamps with auto dip
Harman Kardon audio 11 speaker upgrade
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The engine - its another marvel, the 35D was utterly brilliant, it pulled and pulled and pulled.........but the petrol has the advantage of vanos and a twin scroll turbo (single turbo wizardry) so not only does it get you up to high revs quickly, it then kicks in again around 4500rpm all the way to 7500 where a lovely metallic roar is rather apparent!. I havent done any kind of speed tests or the infamous launch control (which i never got to work in the 335D), but i can tell you, once you get it up to the higher revs and change gear, it creates a low down 'ooomph' and jolts you in your seat......its VERY addictive.

The drive - yup, it's no M2 (driven, see forum) in that it wont hug the corners at 100mph like the M2 will, but jeez, its a softer car......and it does just fine - it has active damping, so switch in to sport mode and everything firms up like a 16 year old watching his first bongo flick. its really noticeable over the 335D as well, apparently the suspension was softened up in that due to the X-drive system........but thankfully no X-drive here, so its planted firmly down round corners - the brakes are the bigger blue 'M' calipers and they clamp on and bring you to a stop decently enough......although not as sharp as the M2's.

The gearbox - its equipped with the 8 speed sports auto (ZF8), Its not the twin clutch DCT, but to be honest, after driving my brothers M2 with DCT, its not that far apart in terms of speed-of-change is concerned..........obviously the DCT is a better box, but in real terms, its not really necessary.....if that makes sense.

The change is almost instantaneous in sport mode and the car lurches forward if you are toeing it (the high speed changes also rumble the exhaust).........but drive in 'comfort' mode and its barely noticeable.....i assume it's the same box as in the 335D and i loved that, so its already good.

That roof - It apparently has 5 layers and is quite well insulated......i've been on the motorway at almost motorway speeds *ahem* and it's absolutely fine, there's no buffeting or flapping. its quieter than say, the 370z, which is my only soft-top comparison.  -It lowers in 10 seconds and can be operated up to 30mph - I know that having a soft-top adds 150kg due to the mechanicals and extra strut bracing, but i'm not bothered in the slightest, as come summer,  with the roof down and the engine roaring, i'll have the biggest twattyest grin on my face.

The refinement - well, as already said, the gearbox is smooth, the roof quiet, the seats are electronically bolstered and its comfy, even for a fat bloke. Getting in and out is easier than the 370 and with the roof down, i imagine a smokey and the bandit entry is entirely possible. The rear seats are pretty spacious considering its a baby bmw!.

the sound system is a factory upgrade.....and one i wont be tinkering with for once (well maybe). there are 4 speakers in the back (mid range and tweeters in separate enclosures) two in the front doors (mids), two in the door pillars (tweeters), one in the center of the dash (mid) and then 2 underfloor subwoofers - the HK system is also pre-amped too, so it has plenty of Oomph - unfortunately its all driven by iDrive 5, which in my opinion, although piss easy to use, a bit dated.....iDrive 6 is far better and has Apple car play integration, which i would have really liked, but that was only introduced in the 240i's i think.

The lights - oh the headlamps are a stroke of genius!.....they are the optional adaptive lights, they have the traditional 'rings' as DRL's and then great Xenon main lenses. They are fully automatic too, meaning when you are driving at night it auto-dips from full beam to dipped beam....but driving home late last night i noticed that it maintains full beam when traffic is oncoming, but alters the beam so that the left lights up the kerbside and the right highlights the ground.....bloody clever!.......then obviously as traffic passes, then realign and point straight ahead again.........they also turn with the steering.

Over all -

PRO's - a brilliant compact sports cabriolet (although to be honest, probably about the size of an E46 3 series) with tonnes of fun ahead - hopefully it will provide many miles of trouble free motoring, although it does have  service pack remaining up to 2020 (or 50k).....its fast, sounds great and has the added advantage of being a soft top for summer fun drives.

CONS - only one, although its a cosmetic thing......the wheels do not look right on the car, they are too small......wait.....waaaait, yes they are 18 inch, but they just look odd, especially on a car that sells itself as a light 'M' car, in my opinion they should be 19" 405M style (google) and that is what I shall be putting on it before the summer.
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:08 pm
Sounds great.

I bet you look like a proper "Mid life crisis" in it though Laughing
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:34 pm
I have very little sense of shame.....i'll drive blissfully unaware that i might look like a tit.........but i'll be having fun nonetheless Wink
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:38 pm
I'd be the same tbh.
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:22 pm
Excellent review Spot, great detail and descriptions!
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:33 pm
Great review old Spot! Enjoy the car.
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:49 pm


Sorry you don't convince me. Answer Tesla P100D.


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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:27 am
Good review - sounds like a great car ....

So when you selling it ? Laughing

Re. The wheels ... you could start with spacers, to push the wheels out a touch ... those 405’s are like £2500 from BMW
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:57 am
Spacers? To do what? Ruin the suspension geometry. lol.

405M style do look good but the ones it's got on look ok. I guess it depends on how much you want to pay to change them.
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:29 am
Every report of spacers i’ve read, is that they improve a lot about a car.

Pushing the track out just fractionally car make the wheels look more prominent, and allow the suspension to work a little bit more efficiently.

Mind - I guess you could allows spend that money in gluing a tree to your dashboard Laughing
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:03 am
Push fit actually, no glue required...lol
On a more serious note if you're going down the wheel spacer route you need to do it properly as it can change the handling, steering and increase wear on components like wheel bearings. Oh and cause wheels to foul arches.
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:56 pm
LKsOK wrote:

Re. The wheels ... you could start with spacers, to push the wheels out a touch ... those 405’s are like £2500 from BMW

the stance is fine, its the size of the wheels themselves - its not something that must be done immedietley, or is in any way super urgent......and i wont be paying BMW 2500 for them either!
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:25 pm
A bit of light spacerage will be fine in this instance.
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:06 pm
MegaCrixel wrote:A bit of light spacerage will be fine in this instance.

Just a few inches makes all the difference ....
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:24 pm
Even 1 inch might make enough of a difference.
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Re: 2015 (65) BMW M235i

on Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:19 am
Spot that sounds awesome, the 235’s are great value at the moment
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