Externally, there’s tons to love about the compact proportions and crouching stance of the M235i xDrive that proceeds the European love of sedans masquerading as coupes.
The concept labored so nicely with the Mercedes-Benz CLS from 2004 that rivals adopted the model with these types of fervour that it has practically taken on its possess category, evolving as rampantly as a Cavoodle litter in a Higher Road pet shop.
BMW helps make its model under the upmarket Gran Coupe label, spreading the love to versions in the two Series, four Series and 8 Series.
But the two Series Gran Coupe – of which there are four iterations priced from $49,990 (plus charges) by means of to the M235i xDrive here at $seventy two,990 plus on-street charges – isn’t all it would seem.
It is not, mostly, a “proper” two Series with rear-wheel travel and it sits on a incredibly various platform to the two Series coupe and convertible.
What this is, is a Mini which is bought into BMW’s wardrobe and pinched a extravagant outfit.
Even further, the M235i is most likely far better recognized for its 2014-2016 iteration with its stonking three.-litre turbo-petrol 6 and 240kW/450Nm of grunt. The car or truck here has the similar identify various postal deal with.
Now ahead of there’s gnashing of teeth by the populace and preparations for a symbolic guillotining of the faux BMW, it has to be explained that the structure performs extremely nicely and is not worthy of derision.
The M235i xDrive’s only criminal offense, having said that, is not the sporting of a BMW badge, but the software of the coveted M identify. For having said that excellent this is, it’s not an M.