2015 BMW M235i: The Speedy Sunday Driver
July 24, 2015
Convertibles or roadsters show up only occasionally in our long-term fleet, so it's always nice when we're able to test out something like the 2015 BMW M235i. Personally, I'm not a fan of having the top down for everyday driving, mostly because I find the wind and sun tiresome and stares from other motorists intrusive (and no doubt my inopportune nose pick or crotch grab will end up on somebody's smart phone as well).
But on certain occasions, such as heading out for a drive on a relatively cool Sunday morning, there's really not much else than can beat a drop-top for motoring magic. And if your drop-top happens to pack 320 turbocharged horses, that's just all the better.
For my recent trip, I took my family (wife, two small children) out to the countryside to a stone fruit stand we really like. My wife wanted truly ripe peaches to make an unbaked peach pie, so regular store-bought fruit wouldn't do. Plus, little kids seem to love convertibles.
The morning's overhead cloud cover kept the air temperature agreeable while the early morning departure time and rural destination meant there wasn't much traffic. As James Riswick wrote previously, our M235i has a wind blocker, but since I had my kids in back, we couldn't use it.
No matter, though. We weren't in a hurry, so I kept my speed to about 50 mph and the expected hair ruffling stayed at acceptable levels. Thinking back, it was really quite idyllic. Dawdling about at 50 mph is not what BMW's engineers had in mind for the M235i when they built it though, even if car is happy enough to do it.
I couldn't resist lighting up the inline-6 as we exited the fruit stand's dirt lot. The exhaust crackled, my kids squealed, the transmission snapped off some impressively quick upshifts, and I had a big grin on my face. This car is fun.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,334 miles