2015 BMW M235i: Driven Hard at the Ring
June 2, 2015
The 2015 BMW M235i makes really nice sounds. Its inline-six burble and purr is even better enjoyed with the top down on a bright, warm California day. Haters gonna hate, but I'm glad we got the ragtop. What we lose in structural rigidity, we gain in driving experience. At least that's the story I'm selling myself.
But if you want to hear an M235i driven in all its angry, tenor, production-model glory, with a little turbo whine backing harmony, check out this video:
This in-car video is taken from a driver in the M235i Racing Cup class at the 2014 Nurburgring 24 Hours. This privateer is ostensibly sponsored by RaceChrono, an Android-based lap-timing, data-logging and analysis software package that integrates with GoPro video.
This class and companion Belgian-based one-make series uses production M235i's that are very much like ours. Except with a fixed roof, stripped interior, roll cage, stiffer suspension, and better brakes. Pretty much the same really. Same engine and transmission anyway.
As you might glean from the YouTube title, the driver ends up punting it, but it's hard to fault him. You'd probably be flat-out too if you had SLSs, 911s, R8s and Aston Martins opening wide gaps in front of you. Until they weren't.
Start at around 21: 00 to watch the whole thing begin to unfold or just watch from the beginning and enjoy the audio.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor