On an extremely wet track, Jeremy Clarkson sets out to prove why the BMW M135i is a better vehicle than the VW Golf GTI. But is that really the case?
The BMW M135i is powered by a 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The innovation bundle consists of a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Accuracy Injection with main multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.
The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in simply 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a leading speed of 250 km/h– the leading limit permitted by the car’s electronic speed control system.
The brand-new VW Golf GTI uses a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged engine producing 217 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched to a dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 100 km/h runs in 5.9 seconds.
So, which is a much better vehicle?