Tom Suddard Associate Editor
Sept. 2, 2014 10:45 a.m.
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Most buyers would be kind of mad if their brand-new car was delivered to them with 1000 miles on it. But not us. Before taking delivery of our BMW M235i at the company's Performance Center, we asked that it be broken in. We skipped the afternoon plant tour and instead went back out on track–this time with our own car, not the demo machine.

Why? Because we wanted to see how it really drove, free from instructors and digital nannies. We even invited James Clay, professional driver and owner of BimmerWorld. He's just the person to evaluate a car.

So how does our car drive at the ragged edge? Very well. At this point, our biggest complaint is the lack of a limited-slip differential. We'll have to fix that.

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Jond63
Jond63 None
Sept. 3, 2014 9:20 p.m.

How does an M car not come with a limited slip?

Tom Suddard Associate Editor
Sept. 4, 2014 3:58 p.m.

It's got an electronic one, which basically means the rear brakes grab the spinning wheel. The system works well on the street, but it can't cope with track use.

jr02518
jr02518 Reader
Sept. 14, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Oil cooler, without one the car is a grande without a pin.

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