I still got that 09 StormTropper here...... lol!!
I think the 135i is pretty light (3200 for the coupe) for a 410 HP car (with chip). It's weighs the same as a corvette after being packed with a huge number of features. The twin turbo inline 6 is a pretty nice powerplant, it delivers freakishly linear torque even after re-chipping it. It also handles pretty nicely for its size and weight. It definately does not lack handling.It's not all about power/weight ratios, massive horsepower and comfy seats.
If it were, Lotus would have been gone a long time ago.
I don't much care for the 135 cars. Poor value for the money, heavy, and a classic example of product management overkill.
Charlie: Oh hi there, I checked the books, and I can give you that brand new 2009 stormstrooper S240 for $45K, and we can cheat on the taxes! Also, I have an extra Quaife LSD cluttering up my desk drawer, I'll throw that in too. Also, I made you a pie. It's blueberry.
Me: Charlie! You're the best!
*puppies crap rainbows*
I know it isn't a LotusI normally don't chime in this type of thread but I can tell you I Instruct for Chinmotorsports out here in the east and it has afforded me the opportunity to drive alot of different types of vehicles including the mentioned Bimmer and Maybe it is just me but, I normally feel as if I just got done Hog wrestling when I step out of a students car and get into my little Lotus - I have been forever spoiled by Colin Chapmans Philosophies
I actually have the adaptive steering in my 335i. It's great for a daily driver. Really comes in handy in parking lots and tight city situations. I would not get another BMW (DD sedan) without it.Take a pass on the adaptive steering. The BMW's steering is numb compared to the Lotus', but it is quite good for a powered system. The adaptive steering takes you even further from what you're leaving in the Lotus and I have yet to read a good review of it.