BMW M235i tops Consumer Reports’ review, overtakes Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette

Article by Christian A., on June 25, 2014

The BMW M235i received a near-perfect score to top Consumer Reports’ road test reviews. The high-performance car scored 98 of possible 100 points – outscoring costlier rivals Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette. The Porsche 911 Carrera S received a score of 95 while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray LT3 got a score of 92.

At a price of $50,400, the BMW M235i is around $60,000 less expensive than the 911 Carrera S and $23,000 cheaper than the Corvette Stingray LT3. Consumer Reports said that the M235i features a “classic BMW mold” and offers “tenacious cornering” on the track, while taking on comfort and luxury.

Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports deputy cars editor, told Bloomberg in an interview that BMW M235i is a “totally dual-purpose car” -- one that can be driven to work safely on weekdays and piloted on the track on the weekend.

BMW has shifted away from its “Ultimate Driving Machine” slogan in past years, and is taking a cue from its old marketing approach with the M235i, Consumer Reports said.

Linkov said that the M235i “seems like it has almost a direct lineage,” to BMWs. The magazine said that while the Corvette and 911 are more powerful than the M235i on the road, BMW’s offering is not far behind and offers more comfort.

Consumer Reports evaluates vehicles on how well they drive, their interior-finish quality, safety and reliability. The magazine’s reviewers said the 911 and Corvette had “excellent and near-identical acceleration and braking results.”

The 911 was deemed superior than the Corvette in terms of higher maximum speed and handling. The magazine, however, said that the Corvette has “quick reflexes” despite being more “about power than grace.”

By launching the BMW 2-Series Coupe in the market, the German luxury carmaker is signaling the arrival of a stunning performance model in the premium compact segment. As the newest member of the BMW M Performance Automobile family, the BMW M235i Coupe represents intense driving pleasure, as conveyed by its modified, aerodynamically optimized body and made possible by the most powerful petrol engine from BMW M.

Serving as the core of the BMW M235i Coupe is a six-cylinder in-line engine that employs M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology to deliver 240 kW (326 hp) of max output and allows the performance model to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5.0 seconds. Thanks to the harmonious and dynamic interplay between these elements – high engine output, bespoke chassis technology, superior brake system and aerodynamic balance – it offers an engaging performance with greater driving enjoyment.

The vehicle concept of this performance coupe is BMW M’s reply to the demand of sporty drivers for more driving pleasure sans any compromise on everyday usability. Thanks to tweaks made by BMW M to the components in an effort to maximize the sporting ability of the BMW M235i Coupe, the new sports car offers high levels of agility and precision.

Moreover, the driving attributes of the BMW M235i Coupe are precisely adjustable, thereby reflecting BMW M’s expertise and experience both in the development of high-performance sports cars and in motorsport.

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