2015 BMW M235i: The Other Benefits Of a Powerful Engine
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 4, 2015
Who doesn't love a powerful engine? They're fun. It's one of the many reasons I'm eager to sign out our 2015 BMW M235i when I see it open for the night. Jason Kavanagh already explained why its turbo 3.0-liter is so sweet, and I'll add that it's the linear response between how hard you hit the gas and how hard you get pushed in the seat.
Yet, it isn't just the joy of a powerful engine alone that's so satisfying. It also makes driving in traffic safer and easier.
A powerful engine gives you more options. Think of it as opening an entirely different set of tools for dealing with the problems you face in traffic.
It takes less time to reach freeway speeds, so driving up short onramps is safer. And you create less traffic in the process too, because oncoming traffic doesn't have to slow. You can merge more easily, jumping into the hole in traffic you need. You can finish a pass on a two-lane road faster, too, which also makes it safer because you spend less time in the oncoming lane.
This is the same reason why I've never understood the desire to ride a scooter. Scooters provide all the danger of a motorcycle with none of the handling or power that can help you escape a dangerous situation.
I feel safer in our M235i because its drivetrain gives me more control over traffic. I can make more decisions about where I want to be and situations I want to avoid.
Oh, and it's fun.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor