The cars you drove before the 2013 could feel more nimble, for sure. I've had a bit of seat time in the STI and it feels fast and light. I had a GTI that also felt very quick despite really not being quick at all. This was due to the single turbo kicking in a little higher in the RPM range and throwing you back more than the linear delivery on the 135i would. I have never been in a JCW but I suspect the same to be true there.
G37 and 335i can feel a little piggish when compared to a 135i.
I think we've solved the issue. Now, go out and rent a Dodge Caliber. After a day in that car, go test the 135i again and let us know what you think.
The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bimmerpost.
2010 S4 Current | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Retired