Powered by a 3.0-litre BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder developing 240 kW, the car is extremely fast and fun to drive on any road or track. To give you an added boost of performance, BMW is offering M Performance parts for the 2-series and we got up close with the outgoing M235i to see what these parts have to offer.
As these are all extra bits, each comes with its own price tag which means that customers can choose what they want and what they don’t want depending on their wallet size. Our test vehicle was fitted with just about everything, which gave it a unique characteristic.
The exterior components have been created to optimise aerodynamic properties and have been developed with characteristic M precision. As a supplement to the M sports package, available ex-works and in conjunction with the BMW M Performance rear spoiler in carbon, there is a BMW M Performance aerodynamic kit available for the front apron which has been tailored specifically to this model.
The combination of air ducting elements at front and rear guarantees an ideal aerodynamic balance and can be supplemented with a diffuser insert for the rear apron, as well as attachments for the side sills. Other individual accents to the outer appearance of the 2-series can be added by means of a black decorative grid for the BMW kidney grille, exterior caps in carbon, side sill foils with M Performance inscription, and BMW M Performance accent stripes in two colour versions.
Inside, the cockpit ambience is inspired by motor racing through the use of a M Performance sports steering wheel in Alcantara / carbon finish with red central marking in the 12-o'clock position, a gear lever and handbrake in carbon and an Alcantara gaiter.
A highlight in the suspension area, is the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential. When the dynamic stability control (DSC) function is deactivated, the torque-sensitive mechanical limited-slip diff in the rear axle ensures traction-optimised distribution of drive torque between the rear wheels.
It reduces the slip that occurs on the wheel with less grip by transferring more drive power to the other wheels using a blocking effect. This converts engine power into forward momentum as effectively as possible so as to be able to accelerate out of a bend even more dynamically.
We here at Autodealer really liked the added party bits to the car. It gives it a unique identity which encapsulates that of the driver. For us, we would happily take one of these with all performance enhancements.