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I am debating between purchasing the BMW 135i and the Evo X. Please help me decide which one. I am completely expected biased views, but I am also expecting good arguments. So far I have owned a WRX and a Legacy GT. I am not considering the new STI.
 

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Well I guess we should get down the basics first...

1. Do you need a sedan?
2. Do you need AWD?
3. Do you need a cheap plasticly interior? OK i kid i kid. The 1er will have an arguably superior interior than the Evo X, which makes sense since it is a Mitsubishi.
4. Are you going to mod your car? Evo X will definitely be cheaper down the road if you are going this route.
 

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According to Car and Driver stock the BMW runs away in acceleration, but loses in handling.
C/D BMW 135i TEST RESULTS:
Curb weight: 3420 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 11.5 sec
Zero to 140 mph: 25.6 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph: 5.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.3 sec @ 106 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 143 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 157 ft
Roadholding, 328-ft-dia skidpad: 0.89g

C/D Evo X TEST RESULTS:
Curb weight: 3500 lb (est)
Zero to 60 mph: 5.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.4 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.8 sec @ 102 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 159 ft
Roadholding, 220-ft-dia skidpad: 0.97 g
 

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also keep in mind, the 135i doesn't look as good IMO. looks like a cheap 335i, like th3 altima coupe to the g35. Also, if they come out with a 335xi or 135xi, it still won't have the rally performance and spirit of the Evo X or even the STI. and it will also lose more Hp to get the HP to the wheels. and like someone said before, the EVO X is gonna be much more modable
 

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Simple, if you want to conform with the masses and fit in to the BMW mould then get the 135i.

If you want to have some fun and get something a bit different and lot less bland then go for the X.
 

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So far the X35 series has already mods available. Vishnu has kits to get the 335 and 535 to 400hp http://www.vishnutuning.com/bmw_335i.htm . Tuners are starting to make single (bigger) turbo conversions too. The 135 will definately benefit from all this. And I expect suspension mods to be available rapidly.

I can see the 135i being as fast on track. It will probably get down to the driver. In that case, the S-AWD will definately be helping the Mitsu driver.

Don't you guys know there are many mods available for the BMW cars? There are BMW racing series pretty much everywhere in america. You guys crack me up thinking the Evo is the king of the hill when it comes to tuning and/or racing. The Evo is not the only fish in the sea...

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Simple, if you want to conform with the masses and fit in to the BMW mould then get the 135i.

If you want to have some fun and get something a bit different and lot less bland then go for the X.
I agree up to a point. That's true for car enthusiasts.

But for Joe Schmoe in the street, a Bimmer is still a Bimmer and an Evo is just a Lancer with a wing. We (here) all know it is much more than that, but only a few (regular folks) know.
 

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i have a video where the Porsche Cayman looses test vs. the BMW 135i.
1/4 mile - slalom etc.
 

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According to Car and Driver stock the BMW runs away in acceleration, but loses in handling.
C/D BMW 135i TEST RESULTS:
Curb weight: 3420 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 11.5 sec
Zero to 140 mph: 25.6 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph: 5.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.3 sec @ 106 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 143 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 157 ft
Roadholding, 328-ft-dia skidpad: 0.89g

C/D Evo X TEST RESULTS:
Curb weight: 3500 lb (est)
Zero to 60 mph: 5.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.4 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.8 sec @ 102 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 159 ft
Roadholding, 220-ft-dia skidpad: 0.97 g
WOW i stand corrected. Never thought it would be that fast. Rsportscars.com has the 135i 0-60 in 5.3 thats what I was going off of. And I thought Car and Driver got the Evo 0-60 in 4.6?
 

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Put everything into a excel sheet.
Compare everything. (pro's and con's)
e.g Performance, Brand, warrentys, service, extra goodies depreciation, and personal impression on driving
Go for a drive in the two cars.
Leave it for a couple of days and go for another drive.. see if your first impressions still hold.

AWD, Evo Heritage, 4 doors made it a no brainer for me... although Ive been a previous evo owner so my decision was slightly biased... ok VERY biased considering I bought without knowing what I really was going to get with the new platform/engine/brand focus

Note you probably will be disappointed with something either way you go.

My alternative was a Jeep SRT8.
 

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Gumbö;36899 said:
135i faster to 60mph than an M3?

ok :rolleyes:
Car and Driver always seems to publish the fastest mag times, not sure why, these are the September 07 results of the new M3, clearly faster then the 135i they tested.
C/D e92 M3 TEST RESULTS:
Curb weight: 3571 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 4.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 9.8 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.8 sec @ 113 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 161 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 156 ft
Roadholding, 220-ft-dia skidpad: 0.91 g
 

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according to C/D the 335i is 0-60 in 5.8. so i guess shedding 300lbs could get the 135i to 5.6.

on a side note, i think it kinda sucks that the Evo X isn't all too great stock. compared to other cars in its class, like the Sti, the 335i, even the 135i it's acceleration time is pretty weak. thank god the car is very moddable.
 
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