Sports Car of the Year: M135i vs Boxster
Two cars divided opinion so much that they required one last test. Stand back, and release The Stig...
Posted: 11 Jan 2013
A few minutes and several - ahem - extremely rapid and tidy laps later, he slams to a stop in exactly the same place and the process is repeated. I lob him the keys to the BMW M135i and he slithers away, the white 1-Series's turbo straight-six a guttural counterpoint to the Porsche's flat-six yowling. The BMW looks more of a handful, but The Stig seems to be able to collect even the most ridiculous slides with ease. And then he's back. But he seems somehow... undecided. He looks at the two cars, and cocks his head slightly, like a very scary puppy. And holds out his hand again.
We can forgive the indecision. Because as much as TopGear enjoys a good argument, in 2012 two cars have stood out as being exceptional in the loosely termed Sports Car category. And the pair fought each other to a standstill in the office shouting that constitutes our peculiar electoral campaign system. Those two cars were the BMW M135i and the new Porsche Boxster. Which obviously required a decider, no-holds-barred, road and track, plus Stig. And yet, The Stig, usually a proponent of instant non-verbal decision-making, is heading back out (again) to try to get to grips with which of these two he prefers. Which, at the very least, confirms that we were justified in our confusion.