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
Of course, it looks like we're making the mistake of comparing fish with horses: one car is a two-seat, mid-engined sports car with natural aspiration and a decidedly slinky demeanor, the other is a slightly frumpy hatchback with a big turbo motor and four seats. But look more closely. They're both reasonably sized, rear-wheel drive, six-cylinder, premium cars that hit 62mph from rest in the fives. They both comfortably exceed 150mph, and are aimed at the kind of person that - while they enjoy driving - also sees the value in day-to-day utility with a dash of quality. Real-world cars for real people. While The Stig is continuing his assessment, I decide to chase him. He's left me with the BMW, so I fire up the 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged straight-six and follow him out.