Obviously, one can not get rid of the rear-wheel drive, so much it is actually not suitable for compact cars. BMW would not be the first company that has propagated a particular technical solution again and again and now finds itself in difficulties this just partly to leave because of better insight. Similar to the Porsche 911: Despite possibly better concept the customers choose conservative.
Latest act in this story is the 2 series Coupe, similar to the 4 series positioned a number higher and detached from the 1 series composite. Since it has become even a little longer, it is feared that it will affiliated to the 3 series, which would abet a certain accumulation of similar niche models. But the beloved rear drive would be retained.
However, we do not want to make the issue front or rear drive to the all decisive criterion and thus too much point out from our side. The new one is once again well done seen from the optic. Of interest is the effort that the designers give themselves lately with the front section below the headlights level. So many little nooks, grids and edges.
At the M models is not so completely new, the resetting of servo forces, for example, on the steering. It even goes so far that you will have to get used soon, for maneuvering when standing still to choose a kind of city mode at still slightly growing tyre widths, or the electronics makes it by itself. So there will be, at least in the new M235i, a little more sportiness.
This of course includes the still partly completely deactivatable ESP. Under the hood, we perhaps can see the real reason to want so unwilling to switch to front wheel drive. It is the rightly feared loss of the in-line six-cylinder, once again grown here to a few HP.
It is especially true for the M-models to leave behind the new and unexpected competitor i3 at the traffic lights. On the first few meters this will indeed not succeed, solely for physical reasons, but however, one can counteract with optional eight-speed automatic transmission and launch control. By the way, we had pointed to Porsche, who offer a driving training when you pick up a new car in Leipzig.
BMW is already much further. In addition to three different adventure world tours one here offers training opportunities from 0.5 to 8 days, as a convertible tour through Munich or adventure safari in Africa, on a race track, or even under snow and ice conditions. Everything, if necessary, complete with accommodation and no flight. A pleasant thought, that someone who has deactivated the ESP in the 2 series, at least participants was at a driving training. 01/14