BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL on track
We test the BMW M235i against one of the best M Cars ever made, the BMW M3
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With its 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged
straight six engine, the BMW M235i is the most powerful 2 Series you can
buy and is priced at just over £34,000. However, for the same money you
can have the modern classic M3 CSL that was launched in 2004.
The BMW M235i's twin-turbo engine
produces 322 brake horsepower and 450 Newton
Metres of torque. That's 78Nm more than the old M3. It weighs 1,470kg, so
it's also 85kg heavier than the CSL.
Launched in 2004, the BMW M3 CSL was the most extreme version of the E46
BMW M3 generation. With a carbon fibre roof, it weighed 100kg less than the
standard M3 and it also had upgraded springs, dampers and brakes plus extra
power. It also came exclusively with BMW's automated manual SMG gearbox.
The reason the BMW M3 CSL is quite a good comparison to the M235i is
because a normal M3 around this age will cost you between £6,000 and
£10,000. If you want a decent M3 CSL then you're looking at around
£30,000 to £35,000 so it's very similar money. More importantly, you'll
get this astonishing engine that revs to 8,000rpm.
The BMW M3 CSL's gearbox is very slow by modern standards as it isn't a
modern dual-clutch system. However, there's so much balance in the chassis,
you can just sense when the car is in transition from understeer to
In the M3 CSL, you get an amazing engine that goes ballistic above 6,000rpm
but in the BMW M235i, it's just really quick-revving and gets lots of
torque through the rev range.
It's heavier than the CSL, but it should come as no surprise as modern cars
are getting heavier and heavier. The M235i is still a really lovely road
car as it's very delicate and really enjoyable.
However, the BMW M235i does feel a little bit heavy and it doesn't have the
body control of the hard-edged CSL. You can feel there in the oversteer
when the car comes back, there's a little bit of snapback as the lateral
movement in the body starts to make itself known.
Despite the differences between the BMW M3 CSL and the M235i, they both
recorded the same lap-time around our circuit.
The BMW 2 series makes a more accessible every-day drive, but the M3 CSL is
a thrilling classic that's to be enjoyed on occasion, and makes a better
investment than your average pension.
How Fun is the 2015 BMW M3?
We wring out the new turbocharged BMW
M3, code-named F80, around the Consumer Reports test track, debate how much
fun it is on the street, and bemoan this particular M3's joy-sapping
dual-clutch "automatic" transmission.
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This video is a 'best of' compilation of many different BMW cars I have
recorded at the famous Nurburgring, Nordschleife. BMW is a very popular
trackcar to use on the Nordschleife.
A list of models you can see in this video:
- BMW E30 M3 1100HP with Toyota Supra engine
- BMW E39 M5
- BMW 1M Coupe
- BMW E46 M3
- BMW E46 M3 CSL
- BMW E46 M3 ESS CFR 550
- BMW E60 M5
- BMW E60 M5 (Eisenmann Race Exhaust)
- BMW E92 M3 Coupe (with Akrapovic Exhaust, SuperSprint F1 Exhaust etc)
- BMW E92 M3 GTS
- BMW E92 M3 GTS G-POWER
- BMW E92 M3 GTS with Akrapovic Exhaust System
- BMW E92 M3 Manhart MH3 V8 Kompressor with Akrapovic Exhaust System
- BMW E92 M3 V8 GT by Schirmer Race Engineering
- BMW M5 F10
- BMW M6 F12
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2015 BMW M3: Restoring the Faith, BMW M is Back! - Ignition Ep. 112
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago heads to a rain soaked Road
America to test the limits of the all new BMW M3! Reworked from the ground
up, the 2015 M3 ditches the screaming V8 of the last generation for an all
new twin turbocharged inline six
producing 425hp and 406lb-ft of twisting force. Designed to outperform its
predecessor in every measurable way, has the M3 become numb in its quest
for higher performance, or will it deliver on its promise of being the best
driving M yet? Stay tuned to find out!
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