Weird, huh?Does not surprise me at all.
In C&D's lightning lap, a 335i ran VIR in 3:10.5 versus 309.6 for the Cayman S. The 1 series is lighter and has better brakes than the 3. Weight distro is very close to 50:50, and another 40-70 RWHP is $350-$2000 away depending upon which vendor you go with due to the easy tuning nature of an FI engine. Oh 1 more thing, the engine is underrated from the factory, we 335i owners typically get 265-275HP and the 270-280 RWTQ at the wheels on dynojets and run identical 1/4th times and trap speeds to the 330HP rated e46 M3.
Having said all of that, I'm in the negotiation stage of selling my 335i for a Cayman S.
I just went out to BMW USA website and built a 135i...Did anyone watch the latest Fifth gear shoot out between Jason Plato and Tiff Needle? It was between the BMW 135i and the Cayman and the poor Cayman lost.
But that little 135i is an awesome little car. I want one too.
Oh I've built one a long time ago and built another one recently and guess what... mine came out $45K! and I did not get a automatic transmission. MANUAL ALL the way! not to save cost but you know what I mean.Man! $43k for a decently equipped 1 series.
Anyone else catch this, was very surprised that a BMW Series 1 (£6k cheeper) out handled a Cayman, then went onto to beat it around a track as well