Jethro compares the Audi S3 against the BMW M135i on track at Bedford Autodrome.
Our Hong Kong M135i members put together this aftermarket exhaust sound-off battle.
Here you can hear the stock vs M Performance vs Bastuck vs BCS vs Milltek exhausts.
CAR recently undertook a premium hot hatch comparison, featuring the M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG and the Audi S3 (full review). Here’s how the trio stack up on paper:
The M135i serves up 320 HP and 332 LB-FT (450 Nm) from its 3 liter turbo N55 engine, mated to the 8 speed automatic ZF transmission and is RWD.
The Mercedes comes with the most power, but is also the most expensive out of this group, powered by a 360 HP / 332 LB-FT (450 Nm) 2-liter … CONTINUED
In this video review Autoexpress tests the BMW M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it’s going to be a stern rival for the BMW.
The BMW gets a six-cylinder engine, revs to 7000rpm but peak torque is at just 1300rpm, so it has instant power. It does come in manual, but we’ve got the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autoexpress took it around our track in just 1 minute 14 seconds.
Chris Harris gives us his thoughts on the M135i hatchback versus the Mercedes A45 AMG hatchback. Winner? View inside.
Review by a BIMMERPOST member comparing his M135i hatchback to the A45 AMG hatchback following a test drive.
Autocar’s hot hatch shootout featuring the BMW M135i, Mercedes A45 AMG and the VW GTI.
Caradvice of Australia reviews the BMW M135i against a group of small sports sedans and hatchback – the Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Volkswagen Golf R.
Who comes out on top? They call the M135i an “obvious winner.”
Sport Auto’s Christian Gebhardt in the BMW M135i by Versus Performance with 384hp (factory M135i has 320hp). Laptime Hockenheim and acceleration 0-259 km/h High Speed with Michelin Cup tires.
Bonus video clip of the M135i fitted with Bastuck Exhaust System.
Auto Express UK track tests the new BMW M135i versus the Subaru WRX STI 340R. Here’s how they compare on paper.
3 liter inline 6 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 5.1 seconds (manual), 4.9 seconds (automatic)
Weight: 3174 lbs
Subaru WRX STI 340R:
2.5 liter 4 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Weight: 3249 lbs
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear reviews the BMW M135i in a recent Sunday Times UK issue.
See what amusing and insightful things Mr. Clarkson has to say about the M135i inside.
The BMW M135i and Porsche 911 battle on the track at the hands of Tiff Needell and Steve Sutcliffe for EVO’s car of the year comparisons.
The latest issue of EVO magazine features the EVO Car of the Year feature. The BMW M135i makes the short list of great cars under consideration.
The results are as follows (from best to worst), according to EVO:
1) Pagani Huayra
1) Lotus Exige V6 (tie)
3) Porsche Boxster S
4) Mclaren MP4-12C
5) Porsche 911 Carrera
6) BMW M135i (8 speed auto)
Other contenders that didn’t make the final shootout:
Mercedes C63 AMG Black
Alpina B3 GT3
Morgan 3 Wheeler
Toyota GT 86
The press drives of the BMW M135i are underway and with that come the first reviews, and they are very positive. See inside for more.