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      09-27-2012, 04:27 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by mjh93sa View Post
Well done Tim, you know you've made the right decision.

330d to a 135... where have I heard that before? The fuel figures have come a long way from the sub-30s of the old N54 135.

I look forward to the reviews.
Originally Posted by TMP View Post
Are you missing the ol' 135 though
Yes and no.

Whilst not as quick outright as the 135i the MINI is still a pretty brisk motor that will (and has) surprised a few people. It'll see off a very surprised 330i driver from the line.

MPG in my 135 was supposed to be 30.7 (auto, N54 engine), but I only managed to average 28 over the time I had it (and 19 at one meet). The MINI by comparison is giving me 38mpg (and low 30s even if you thrash it). Given the smallish fuel tank of both the increased range is a definite plus.

At times I miss the refinement and absolute bonkers performance at that price point (Palmnuts in the XFR was only a shade quicker), but the JCW rewards in a different way... less outright speed, but more involvement, a decent exhaust note (cracks pops and burbles a plenty with the sport button pressed) and more character. In some ways I miss the auto-box the most, whilst the manual is involving, there is no doubt that for an average bloke like me driving with the paddles has you in the right gear at the right time more often. Dropping it into sport when coming out of roadworks and burying the throttle was endlessly entertaining.

The M135i is a mighty tempting prospect for the JCWs replacement. More economy and five doors could be a winning combination, as long as the M connection doesn't put the insurance up to stupid levels.

That said, this week I am again in a 1.6 Astra. Mega miles on business in rentals means that I miss the MINI, let alone the 135i. Still, it's better than the 1.4 Insignia Estate, or the 1.2 Golf that I've also had recently.

I predict that you will love it. ...just make sure that you have a good jacket to drive in. With the noise it makes you'll want to drive everywhere with the windows down (all year).

Originally Posted by davyk31 View Post
Maybe you want to cancel the order and wait for the Xdrive model, shaves the 0-60 to 4.7secs !!
Not coming to the UK according to the reports. A damned shame as the car is powerful enough to make use of extra traction.

Gone: Fiesta - Focus - E46 320dSE - E91 330dMSport - E82 135iMSport - R55 JCW Clubman
Now: M135i with lots of toys