Top Gear is looking to crown the sportscar of 2012 and the two contenders are the BMW M135i and the Porsche Boxter. The two super sporty and compact cars went head-to-head in a comprehensive test drive review but every great race must have a winner.
And the big winner of the Sportscar of the Year is the….BMW M135i.
Here are some of the quote outlined in the print magazine:
“It wins because it exceeds its remit by some margin. It explodes a few myths about BMWs. It offers fun and laughs and a sense that what you buy for £30k is proper value.”
“The BMW just seems to have more of the things that make up a car that appeals to Top Gear. It’s ever-so-slightly humdrum looking, but has the pace to make Supercar owners wince!! It’s one of the best cars BMW makes, and, as it happens, this incredible, improbable, actually very humdrum looking little hatchback turns out to be the TG Sports car of the year.”
BMW M135i Facts
BMW M135i is powered by a 3-litre, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.
The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – the top limit permitted by the vehicle’s electronic speed control system. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0 liters (7.5 liters)/100 km, and the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams (175 grams) per kilometer.
One non-metallic and five metallic colors are available for the M135i model. The standard interior features Satin Silver trim and upholstery in Move cloth design. Optional interior trims and seats upholstered in Dakota leather (offered in two different BMW colors) are also available.
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