Speed Week: Mini GP vs BMW 135i
Both from the BMW stable. Brotherly love, this ain’t…
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
The Mini has an electric diff, and if the inside front tyre even thinks about spinning, it's immediately disciplined by a momentary power cut. Turn off the DSC and - while it'll still brake a spinny wheel - it'll also let the arse swing around, should you have a clumsy mid-corner moment. But if this does occur, it straightens itself out without too much panic. Despite this, there's no need to drive it bravely. Better to be smooth and slice up corners with the pleasingly responsive throttle, leaning on the special Kumho tyres that - although brilliantly sticky here - won't be as willing in an especially exciting thunderstorm on our way home later.