Speed Week: Mini GP vs BMW 135i
Both from the BMW stable. Brotherly love, this ain’t…
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
Both of them can move. The 1-Series - with the optional eight-speed auto on this test - takes care of 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. That's a touch quicker than the Porsche Cayman we have here. Because under the BMW's dumpy body is a 3.0-litre straight-six turbo with a very healthy 320bhp. The Mini's 1.6-litre turbo is almost half the size, and with 215bhp it's only 7bhp more energetic than the regular John Cooper Works on which it's based. But - with some careful palming of the tight-ish six-speed manual 'box - it'll still scurry from a standstill to 62mph in 6.3 seconds.