It lacks that zippy feel that you get with the 135. It's fast, to be sure, and it's comfortable, but in this company, it's not focused enough. The 228i can be equipped with either Sport Line or M Sport upgrades, which add features like larger wheels, rear spoiler, improved suspension calibration and more. Alternatively, shoppers in search of a sporty car that's a little more family friendly may want to look at the , , or. Dynamic Performance - Motorsport technology for the road. Smith, our resident former Bimmer mechanic and E30 evangelist, insists that we all take extended stints in the M3 while he sits in the passenger seat and harangues us about the little coupe's excellence.
The M2 is powered by a powerful version of the turbocharged straight-six engine. Additional standard features include a 6. I hop in on the shotgun side and watch the man at work. Yet it's also comfortable and upscale. It inspires total confidence and makes you feel like you're a better driver than you probably are. The extra wheel slip enhances traction and therefore propulsion. In these M compound brakes the perforated and inner-vented brake disc ring is made from grey-cast iron for a massive 15 inch diameter rotor at the front axle and equally impressive 14.
Trunk capacity in the coupe is a respectable 13. Step up to the 320-horsepower M235i and you'll get a car that is even more dynamically impressive, with bigger wheels, upgraded brakes and adjustable suspension or order the 228i with the Track Handling package for the same performance upgrades. Why You Can Trust Us At U. The M235i comes standard with non-runflat tires, which is a huge improvement first thing I did when I got my 135 was switch out the run-flats for non-run-flats. These features include daytime pedestrian monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
The 228i has a 2. We hustled a rear-wheel-drive M235i automatic to 60 mph in a blistering 4. New for 2016 Sport Line content and an anti-theft alarm system are now standard on all 2 Series convertible models. It was zippy and fun to drive. This is where we'll decide, one way or another. And with the M2 now on the way, the M235i should be forever freed from the need to post fantasy performance numbers. An abundance of top-shelf materials are present, and you'll feel like you are riding around in a much pricier sports coupe.
Both cars are rear-wheel drive, though xDrive all-wheel drive is available on both trims. Furthermore, it uses steering wheel vibrations to alert drivers if they stray from their lane unintentionally. Once we get to the Thermal Club, our trio will face an E30-generation M3 restored to original specification. Smith concedes the point, but it's not enough for him. Like most drop-tops, the convertibles look better top-down.
You can also order the 2 Series with the Driver Assistance Plus package requires the Premium and Technology packages and receive automatic high-beam headlights, a lane departure warning system and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection. The steering has been tuned to deliver a reassuring amount of weight, but that weight smothers road feedback. I beat them to it in unsubtle and graceless fashion, shoving past to fall into the deep bucket seat, poke the start button, and pair my phone before anybody can object. With the manual it weighs 3,450 pounds, an 85-pound reduction. Of course the ride is a little taut, but is not punishing, and the seats are quite comfortable. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our. This is a car that creates hero drivers on the fly.
Note that I didn't say anything about the car being fast or setting brilliant lap times. A big part of the mission of the 2-Series is to be fun to drive. A special suction system is employed for the oil supply to the turbocharger under higher vehicle acceleration. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe. Back seats are serviceable and trunk adequate, but the car is best for two adults who have no kids and infrequent needs to carry passengers. The M2 is powered by a 3.
The M235i uses a 3. It reminds me of my favorite university professors in that it punishes and praises both fairly and with heartfelt vigor. The boosted three-liter, a sort of compromise between the M235i's plain-Jane, N55-series, single-turbo straight-six and the dry-sump, short-stroke twin-turbo mill in the M4, is heroic from the left side of the tach all the way to the right. I give them my highest recommendation. The M240i employs an inline six-cylinder engine that's rated at 335 horsepower. A glance to the past will put things into perspective, this figure is more than 70 lb-ft of additional torque than the past generation M3, ensuring plenty of torque is available in all driving situations.
That automatic option is a bit of a surprise, as the industry scuttlebutt pegged the hypothetical M2 as a manual-only proposition. Its small footprint makes it easy to maintain lane integrity on the highway, and parking is similarly worry-free. The fourth-place car is clearly the M235i. This further improves wheel location and tracking stability. You can only compare 3 cars at a time. The 228i is powered by a 2.
Strictly speaking, this is the most valuable car in the test; good-condition examples remain in huge demand nearly five years after the model ended production. So again you wait, feathering the throttle until your wheel is straight after the apex. Optimal acceleration in all conditions. With the M235i, you steer until you hear squealing and rely on the larger rear tires to hold on if you get it a little wrong. The car feels so much more powerful than its 240-hp output suggests, and if you don't drive the M235i, you may not feel the need for its extra power. Materials quality is very good for an entry-level luxury vehicle, giving up little to the ostensibly fancier 4 Series.