Join Date: May 2004
Location: Great White North
My vote would be for the 135i if given those choices. In fact it would be the only choice of those cars. The inline 6 in the 135i/335i is very tunable, and tough motor. The 135i also has the 6-pot fixed calipers, not found on the 335i. It's really a poor man's M3. I appreciate the power of the pony cars, but I'm less excited about pure speed in cars after experiencing the might of the ZX-10R. Even the fastest non-exotic (ie: not hypercars like the Veyron, etc.) stock cars pale in comparison.
I remember having a previous gen M3 (333hp) race me, unbeknownst to me, on my gen 1 ZX-10R. I remember just remembering hearing this mechanical roar and looking over at him as he squeals the tires on the 1-2 upshift. I merely just whiff the throttle on the 10R, and the M3 is instantly 3-4 car lengths behind and sniffing my Kawi's uncatalyzed exhaust.
I have an '00 S2000 that I may never sell. I used to test cars professionally, and very few cars this side of a Lotus Elise can match the S2000's level of driver involvement. The AP2's are excellent as well, but they did make it a lot softer and much more driver friendly in comparison. The first AP1's have a nasty habit of drop throttle oversteer, and pretty twitchy in less than ideal conditions. As a result, many AP1 drivers found themselves spinning into a hedge. Yes, there are many faster cars out there (including the one you listed) that would best an S2K in a straight line speed contest, but I get my acceleration fixes from my 10 and not my S2000. The sound of the S2000 from 6,000 to 9,000 rpm is awesome, and because it's "slow" I can do it without getting an instant "go-to'jail" card from the popo should they see me doing it.