Speed Week: Mini GP vs BMW 135i
Both from the BMW stable. Brotherly love, this ain’t…
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
In Sport mode, the BMW's ‘active diff' restricts torque to an errant wheel. For added fun, turn off traction control to engage an electric diff lock, which does its best to simulate a proper mechanical one. This means it'll slide merrily, but you'll have to ask it to. Under normal inputs - slow in, pick your line - you'll struggle to provoke it, because, unlike some powerful rear-drive things here, it's not edgy or worrisome. It actually feels a touch soft on the track, but what makes it safe here also makes it a better all-rounder than the Mini. It's certainly the best restaurant shuttle for a bunch of hungry blokes.