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by George Skentzos

The BMW 135i Coupé is set to take to the tarmac at this year’s 2009 Australian Grand Prix, at Melbourne’s Albert Park, in the Ultimate Speed Comparison.

The honorary addition to the M-division line-up will wear its famed tii livery and a raft of BMW Performance gear as its takes on a V8 Supercar and a fully prepared BMW Sauber Formula One car.

The Ultimate Speed Comparison, held on five separate occasions during the race weekend, pits three high performance forms of motoring against each other in a one lap race to the finish line.

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“The Ultimate Speed Comparison has proven to be a particularly popular segment on the Grand Prix schedule and perfectly embodies ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ claim,” says Tom Noble, General Manager Marketing, BMW Group Australia.

In addition to a full BMW Performance aerodynamic package, the 135i to be used in the event has  been fitted with a road holding suspension set up, cross drilled and weight saving brake package and BMW Performance 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

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Carbon fibre mirror covers and carbon fibre look bonnet with integrated roof and boot sports stripes highlight the BMw brand’s fascination with both motorsport and heritage.

Despite 225kW on tap from the powerful six-cylinder, twin turbo engine, capable of reaching 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds – the 135i Coupé remains the obvious underdog in this grid of giants.




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