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drive drivetrains. It would not
affordability
has
been
be an understatement to say
unmatched. It was the first
that the Chrysler 2.2-liter fourvehicle I can remember
cylinder engine was the "small
that was a family hauler, a
block Chevy" of the 1980's.
family weekend shopper, and
The turbocharged version of
a weekend track/autocross
the engine reliably produced
vehicle. In my early days in
146 horsepower. The Shelby
the auto industry, I spent a fair
version of that engine, which
amount of time trying to create
added an intercooler and a difour own version of the GTI.
ferent engine computer, proSo, how does the X2
duced 175 horsepower. The
M35i compare? Well, to parafirst vehicle to have that engine,
phrase Elwood Blues, the X2
along with Koni shock suspenM35i has an M-tuned engine,
sion, was the entry level Omni,
an M-tuned suspension,
and the fun was from cruising
M-tuned brakes, M-tuned
the Pacific Coast Highway, the
wheels and tires, an M-tuned
Camp Pendleton section of I-5,
differential, an M-tuned
and Angeles Crest Highway,
shiftable automatic transmisseeing the faces of performsion, and an M-tuned interior.
ance-car drivers getting their
Let's drive.
lunch handed to them by some
And drive, we did.
(Above) The wonderful cockpit design adds to the X2's driver's-car cred.
guy driving a "rental car".
The X2 M35i autobahnWhile it would be correct to say that Chrysler gained valuable rear-wheel- and-Nürburgring-tuned driving characteristics are immediately noticeable.
drive design experience from Mercedes during their brief marriage, In non-rush hour freeway driving, you'll be surprised how often you'll find
it can also be said that Mercedes gained valuable front-wheel-drive design yourself cruising a triple digit speeds. Through the Napa and Sonoma
experience from Chrysler. It would also be fair to say that Chrysler Valley backroads on the way to Sonoma raceway, you'll notice that some of
pioneered the front-wheel drive tuner movement, 20 years before Japanese your fellow enthusiasts will be laboring to keep pace as you effortlessly drivmanufacturers embraced it.
ing the X2 M35i the manner in which it was designed. Three items of proof
Fast-forward to the present, and the VW GTI continues to be the bench- that BMW had found that unique combination of timeless design,performark front-wheel drive enthusiast vehicle. Since it was introduced in 1976, the mance, practicality, utility, civility, and affordability was that (1) there was no
unique combination of design, performance, practicality, utility, civility, and drama when allowing the X2 M35i to realize its performance potential, (2)
(Below from Left) The red leather adds to the performance feel. The dual-folding rear seats gives the X2 a huge practicality factor.

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Intro page
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
Join Us at the May HPDE at Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit
2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
November DIY at Bimmer Werks
Driving Through A Looking Glass And Other Strange Sights
December DIY at Craftsman Auto Care
Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
2020 BMW X2 M35: The BMW GTI
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Habit Nine
NEW MEMBERS LIST
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 1
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - THE STEERING COLUMN
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - COMING EVENTS
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
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