just test drove 435i xdrive M sport
As promissed, here's my review:
This is the most agile, communicative, and fun vehicle I've ever driven, but, not necessarily the fastest (old car was a WRX with 300 whp). However, it's still plenty fast.
Steering: "point and shoot" sums it up. It had the variable steering which was awesome. It's almost like the car is hardwired to your brain, knowing where to direct itself. It's light during slow speeds and heavy during quicker driving. I honestly don't know why everyone complains about the electrical assisted steering. It works great.
Engine: No lag, lots of low end grunt, pulls seamlessly. Terrific engine with an awesome exhaust note.
Tranny: had the 8-speed auto. The shifts were lighting quick, even in manual mode, rev-matching = very cool. I, like many others love stick, but this F1 style transmission is my choice.
Chassis: car's best attribute, nuff said. The M sport is a huge reason as to why. Can you say flat cornering?
I'm all on board when my current lease ends in a few months. Any questions, just ask me. I'll get back to you.