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      02-27-2016, 08:59 AM   #1
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M135i; forgotten by the media already

This might not apply to the US but here in the UK, despite nothing but rave reviews, five star ratings (which it has retained), glowing long term reports, amazing on line video reviews, it looks like the media has already tired of the last six cylinder, RWD hatch ever made.

Now it's all about the Focus RS (capable, but questionable image, a 4 pot engine and lots of weight), Golf R (finally losing its tarnish) and revamped A45. The RS3 was forgotten almost as soon as it was launched.

Doesn't dent my huge admiration for the car which still makes me grin every time I start it, still makes me whoop when I floor it, still makes me chuckle when I tackle a few tight S bends in it. But it shows how fickle the press is, how quickly they get bored, how much they don't live in the real World.

Evo is the worst by miles.

I've had journos openly admit they do just get bored quickly and are keen on the latest thing even if it's not very good.

I'll be hanging onto mine for a while; bought properly, well looked after, still a brilliant little car that does trans Europe blasts as well as it does country road hooning and it's even very good on track.

Balls to all the Faux Wheel Drive, four pot, white goods pretenders.
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YEAH DEATH TO THE FOCUS RS
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      02-27-2016, 05:11 PM   #3
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The US doesn't get the M135i or, until recently, any of the "hot hatches".
Here in Australia, there's been a bit of a resurgence of positive opinion for the M135i, perhaps because of its bang for buck relative to the RS3 / AMG 45. But they all moan about the lack of a LSD, without pointing out you notice this is missing so very, very rarely.

Actually, I like the fact there's a proliferation of hot hatches around at the moment, and welcome the Focus RS. They're all driver's cars, and any of them is preferable to a Hyundai i30!
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Good points ttimbo.
It's still What Cars best "hot hatch over 20k" is not all is lost.

The entire Lotus and McLaren range manage okay without an LSD...
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And if you want LSD, it is an option, isn't it?
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The reviews will start again after the release of M140i
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It's not really reviews, it's being left out of all hot hatch group tests.
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      02-28-2016, 06:06 AM   #8
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As you said, these journos just get bored. In any case, how many of 'em would you buy a beer for? Not many that I see. Just enjoy the car, and don't get caught by the FOMO phenomenon.
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Originally Posted by ttimbo View Post
As you said, these journos just get bored. In any case, how many of 'em would you buy a beer for? Not many that I see. Just enjoy the car, and don't get caught by the FOMO phenomenon.
I like the cut of your jib sir.
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