Could this be the BMW that unsettles the CLA45 in its comfort zone? For the first time, BMW’s all-wheel-drive system is coming to their two-door line-up. Heading for the showrooms this summer, the M235i xDrive features a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine which produces a mega 326hp and 332 lb-ft torque.
This power is brought via an eight-speed Steptronic sport box which helps the M235i xDrive sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds (0.2 seconds faster than the RWD). Push hard enough and it’ll hit a cool top speed of 155 mph. However, the AWD system does add some significant weight so it’ll be a close shave between the RWD and AWD.
So, the M235i xDrive, is it crazy enough to worry the guys at AMG?