Speed Week: Mini GP vs BMW 135i
Both from the BMW stable. Brotherly love, this ain’t…
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
Those are the straight-line stats. But going through Charade's uphill hairpin, the differences are more subtle. The Mini snaffles the inside line and sticks to it stubbornly - thanks partly to a touch more front camber than a standard JCW and a much lighter nose than the 1-Series, with just four cylinders to the BMW's six. But then just as it sniffs the German's bumper, the 1's twin-scroll turbo breathes out hard - summoning a barrel-chested strength that makes up for the initial softness. It's an effortless motor, this, and while the Mini wastes a moment between gears, the BMW has already escaped from the corner on a wave of torque.