A BMW 135i M-sport or a VW Golf R?
Both are priced similarly at the same dealership. I really can't choose, on one hand the BMW is RWD, has the desirable M-sport package, and the N55 twin turbo inline 6 engine, which is more reliable than the notorious N54. On the other hand the VW is a year newer, about $1500 cheaper, is more practical, and that blue! It also arguably looks better, and that hurts to say as a BMW enthusiast.
This is a really tough choice. Both can be modded for moar power. I'd likely end up going with the 135i because of how tossable they are. It's no miata, but they're incredibly nimble. And the noise with a BMW performance exhaust is just intoxicating. You can also swap in a lot of M3 suspension components to improve the already great handling.And RWD!
I've never driven a Golf R, maybe a test drive would completely change my mind. These ARE both local....