435i M Sport Reviewed with Pics from AutoExpres UK

by Bernie McGroarty on August 15, 2013, 12:33 pm
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The 435i looks sharp in M Sport trim. Note the more eye-catching front bumper and door sills, and rear bumper, along with the 18" double spoke wheels.

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The interior has the usual M-Sport touches including M steering wheel.

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And the real important stuff....the driving. How does it drive? Well, AutoExpress UK got to take out the 435i M Sport on track and here's what they thought.

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We only had the chance to test the car on a smooth race circuit – so can’t be sure how the suspension tweaks effect the ride on UK roads – but considering how well cushioned the standard car is, the changes shouldn’t be drastic. What we can report, though, is that the M Sport model acquits itself extremely well when driven hard.

While the steering feels strangely light and artificial at low speeds and in Comfort mode, it comes alive when you toggle up into Sport+ , offering just the right amount of resistance and pin-point accuracy. There’s still a hint of body roll in fast turns, but once it’s settled on its springs it feels perfectly stable. Plus, like in all good BMWs, you can adjust your line using the throttle.

The six-cylinder engine is unchanged, so provides the same linear responses, smooth acceleration and muted growl from the exhausts. The eight-speed auto is also excellent in a huge variety of situations, but can be reluctant to shift down under heavy braking for a tight corner.

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We love the M Sport package here in the UK, so we’re glad to report that it enhances the BMW 4 Series looks and dynamics, without throwing comfort and refinement out the window. What’s clever about the BMW 435i, though, is that while it’s fun to drive when the right situation arises, it’s still friendly enough to be used every day. That’s leaves plenty of room for the M4 to redefine what a high-performance coupe is capable of.

The BMW 435i M Sport is the most driver-focused 4 Series you can buy - at least until the BMW M4 comes along.

Read the entire AutoExpressUK review here.


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