Speed Week: Deutsch Marques
Eins, zwei, drei... SLS AMG Black, M135i and RS6 head through the mountains to join the TG party in France
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
I climb the first of them in the M135i. There’s a lot to like. On the motorway, its seats and ergonomics and peacefulness. Up here, most of all, its engine, the lovely 3.0-litre turbo six, which always has answers and always provides them with tuneful relish. Cars like this have scuttled down to four cylinders, but the torque and joyous harmonics make BMW’s alternative a jewel. The grip’s strong and the ride supple, so it’ll get its efforts onto the roadway and scorch out of hairpins. The M135i is small and handy and fun, but it’s not quite as precise or communicative as I’d hoped it’d be. But as the road narrows and gets gravelly and treacherous with meltwater, it’s more or less keeping the SLS in sight. A bargain.