Externally, there’s lots to appreciate about the compact proportions and crouching stance of the M235i xDrive that continues the European appreciate of sedans masquerading as coupes.
The principle labored so well with the Mercedes-Benz CLS from 2004 that rivals adopted the model with these fervour that it has practically taken on its very own group, evolving as rampantly as a Cavoodle litter in a Large Avenue pet shop.
BMW makes its variation beneath the upmarket Gran Coupe label, spreading the appreciate to variations in the two Series, 4 Series and eight Series.
But the two Series Gran Coupe – of which there are 4 iterations priced from $49,990 (furthermore prices) via to the M235i xDrive right here at $seventy two,990 furthermore on-highway prices – is not all it appears to be.
It is not, primarily, a “proper” two Series with rear-wheel travel and it sits on a really unique platform to the two Series coupe and convertible.
What this is, is a Mini which is obtained into BMW’s wardrobe and pinched a extravagant outfit.
Further more, the M235i is in all probability much better identified for its 2014-2016 iteration with its stonking 3.-litre turbo-petrol 6 and 240kW/450Nm of grunt. The car right here has the very same title unique postal deal with.
Now prior to there’s gnashing of teeth by the populace and preparations for a symbolic guillotining of the faux BMW, it has to be reported that the format works exceptionally well and is not worthy of derision.
The M235i xDrive’s only criminal offense, having said that, is not the carrying of a BMW badge, but the software of the coveted M title. For having said that superior this is, it is not an M.