Some auto makers may get a little frightened when Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson gets his hand on their latest creation – well not in this case. Clarkson recently got behind the steering wheel of BMW’s new 135i coupe and had nothing but nice things to say about the little pocket rocket. He even went as far as to say that the ‘135 coupÃ© is the best car BMW makes,’ giving the car a five star rating.
As many of you know, the 135i coupe is powered by BMW”s twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and a peak torque of 300 lb-ft. That gives the 135i the ability to do 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.
In his article on TimesOnline, Clarkson writes:
“…it”s the engine that impresses most of all. It has one small turbo to spin up the instant you apply the power, and then a bigger one that trundles into life later to keep the power coming . . . in bigger and bigger lumps. This, and there”s no other way of saying it, is a great engine. A masterpiece. It doesn”t zing like the BMW straight-sixes of old but there”s so much muscle you don”t notice.
Then you leave the motorway and the road gets twisty and it”s like settling into your favourite armchair. The steering, the feel, the way you can adjust your line through the bend with the throttle. There is no other car made today in this sector of the market that gets even close. If you love driving, this is up there in a class of one.
Of course, a Mitsubishi Evo or a Subaru Impreza will grip more and slingshot you from bend to bend with more urgency, but if you prefer a more flowing style – less grip and more handling ““ then you would be better off with the little Beemer.”
Head over to TimesOnline to read his full review.
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