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      04-17-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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The Smoking Tire - M235i at Laguna Seca

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TST Road Test Editor Zack Klapman takes the all-new BMW M235i out for a few hot laps of Laguna Seca to see what all the buzz is about.

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      04-17-2014, 07:46 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing, reviewer is bad tho, doesn't really say anything about the car other than the car is fast and speed he is going...
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      04-17-2014, 11:21 PM   #3
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Yea Smoking Tire does great reviews IMO but this one is just throwing up a few cameras and turning laps - not their usual fare. Until I get my own I'm stuck watching others drive the 235! It was interesting to see him come out of turns in 3rd gear though.. lots of torque, lots of gears
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      04-18-2014, 08:52 AM   #4
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I don't believe this qualifies as a review, but just a ride along for the hot laps. But he really annoyed me. Why is he always up-shifting too early ... and too often?
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nice review, enjoyed that. different to all others ive seen, nice to see it just driving for a change
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Pointless. Do these guys get paid for it?
He must have watched too much of Chris Harris as I could see how lame he tried to do this review same way.
If you can't make a review at least shut up and drive fast.
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Thanks for sharing, reviewer is bad tho, doesn't really say anything about the car other than the car is fast and speed he is going...
He said quite a lot. He said the brakes are mushy, the engine is great and the ZF tranny is fast. He also implied that midrange torque was strong enough to save some downshifts. Maybe he's a man of few words but all of those things are important to anyone thinking of tracking this car.

Also it was fun to see him reel in the XJR.
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surprised he stays in 3rd for last corner I'm usually always in 2nd.... when I play Forza

Seems like the ZF tranny is really good in this car, if i were to get one i wonder if I would pick manual or 8zf, no cost savings from manual and the 8zf makes the car much more fuel efficient
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Pretty nice drivers car. But i kept waiting for the tires to get closer and eventually hit the berms but oh well.
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That was fun! I love Laguna Seca and he seems to know the track pretty well.

I thought the car sounded fantastic.

I agree that this wasn't much of a "review" but it was a good "impression" of the car at speed, which is what I'm most interested in.

When does the M2 come out, 2016?
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He said quite a lot. He said the brakes are mushy, the engine is great and the ZF tranny is fast. He also implied that midrange torque was strong enough to save some downshifts. Maybe he's a man of few words but all of those things are important to anyone thinking of tracking this car.

Also it was fun to see him reel in the XJR.
+1 Seemed like he was able to put the power down much sooner than the Jag (coming out of the turns). Wonder if that was because of the great grip or if he was just a better driver than the other guy??
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He said quite a lot. He said the brakes are mushy, the engine is great and the ZF tranny is fast. He also implied that midrange torque was strong enough to save some downshifts. Maybe he's a man of few words but all of those things are important to anyone thinking of tracking this car.

Also it was fun to see him reel in the XJR.
+1 Seemed like he was able to put the power down much sooner than the Jag (coming out of the turns). Wonder if that was because of the great grip or if he was just a better driver than the other guy??
Um because it was a JAG
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So many entitled users complaining about his lack of a "review". He doesn't owe you anything, so go watch a different video.
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Man people are harsh critiques! I thought he did a good job, sure its not the best review but I still got a better idea of the car than I had before I watched it.
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More cameras, more angles and more information woulda been more effective, nevertheless something to look forward too. Is a 135is all one can compare this to?
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He said quite a lot. He said the brakes are mushy, the engine is great and the ZF tranny is fast. He also implied that midrange torque was strong enough to save some downshifts. Maybe he's a man of few words but all of those things are important to anyone thinking of tracking this car.

Also it was fun to see him reel in the XJR.
He also said the car had more grip than the 135is he drove last year. I wonder if the difference is the M235i's Michelin PSSs versus the 135is's run flats? Or are there other suspension improvements?
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