Can Mercedes-Benz's 355bhp A45 AMG out-muscle the storming 322bhp BMW M235i on a tight handling track? Steve Sutcliffe is the man to find out.
Mercedes and Audi could never match the softness and at the same time sporty handling of BMW so they counter with ever stiffer suspensions, more and more power and AWD. They tend to end up as fast peoples carriers and not driver's car. This M235i is a good example, comfy but sporty with uncorrupted steering that won't keep pushing in corners with ever increasing understeer. The coming soon and proper M2 will be much faster than this M235i and all it's rivals.