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Video: BMW M135i vs Subaru WRX STi track test

Videos | January 3rd, 2013 by 16
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Auto Express UK is track testing the new BMW M135i against the Subaru WRX STI 340R. Before jumping into the video review, here are some …

Auto Express UK is track testing the new BMW M135i against the Subaru WRX STI 340R.

Before jumping into the video review, here are some vital stats.

BMW M135i is powered by a 3-litre, straight six-cylinder engine and 316 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. The unladen weight is 1515 kg, so 1440 kg according to DIN.

Video: BMW M135i vs Subaru WRX STi track test

The engine is mated to either manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic gearbox, despite the reviewer pointing in his video review to a double-clutch tranny.

The Subaru tested is actually the 340R edition. Under the hood of the WRX STi is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission producing 316 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. 0 to 60 mph is achieved in 4.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.5 seconds over the standard WRX STI. The weight of the 340R is 1474 kg.

Which super hot hatch conquers the track? Let’s find out.

  • BMW. ///M POWER

    This little Brut from BMW needs some discipline!, running around and picking fight with the big boys!, WHERE THE HELL IS THE MOTHER?!, tell Her she needs to tale control of ///M Baby!.

  • digivue

    I’d like to see how it compares against Evo.

  • bmwracer

    Not surprised that the M135i was faster than the WRX after hearing all of that tire squeal from the WRX… It sounded like the WRX was straining itself on the track.

  • JaquesNoir

    Interesting review – however this fails to explain why the 2010/11 STI lapped the Nurburgring in 7.55 and is far (in fact a different class altogether) superior in the wet and even more so when the road quality is mixed.

    Check the video of the last two N24hr events then check the placings of various cars – you will be surprised.

  • xn

    I’m sure traction control hasn’t been disabled on the STi, which should explain its poor performance which doesn’t match other track tests

  • Ronn

    try again. get a manual M135i and lets see how well you do. guy cant drive a manual

  • Adolf Himmler

    My 2 cents: please do not compare 2WD vs AWD on a track…just not fair in my opinion.

  • Nellen

    That test made me laugh. That guy obviously do NOT know how to drive an STi…

    If the BMW is faster than the STi on track, then why is the STi 22.5 seconds faster than this M135i on the Nürburgring? (STi : 7:55.00, M135i : 8:17.50)

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  • Gunfood

    If you look at the STI you will notice its not. Its just an ordinary WRX with 265 HP (no rear spoiler the 340R might not have the giant wing but it does have a small spoiler on the trunk lid). So he out performed a car with 90 HP less. I’m surprised it only finished 2 seconds behind considering the handicap.

  • Gunfood

    If you look at the STI you will notice its not. Its just an ordinary WRX with 265 HP (no rear spoiler the 340R might not have the giant wing but it does have a small spoiler on the trunk lid). So he out performed a car with 90 HP less. I’m surprised it only finished 2 seconds behind considering the handicap.

  • Gunfood

    If you look at the STI you will notice its not. Its just an ordinary WRX with 265 HP (no rear spoiler the 340R might not have the giant wing but it does have a small spoiler on the trunk lid). So he out performed a car with 90 HP less. I’m surprised it only finished 2 seconds behind considering the handicap.

  • Gunfood

    If you look at the STI you will notice its not. Its just an ordinary WRX with 265 HP (no rear spoiler the 340R might not have the giant wing but it does have a small spoiler on the trunk lid). So he out performed a car with 90 HP less. I’m surprised it only finished 2 seconds behind considering the handicap.

  • jim

    anyone who thinks the bmw is better is a fool

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Both great cars. Different though.

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