Better With CAKE - 2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test

2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test

2008 BMW 135i: Better With CAKE

March 26, 2009

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I was going to write something about how effortless it is to drive the 135i, too effortless, in fact. Despite the car's undeniable performance capabilities (effectively matching those of the new 370Z), I fear BMW may be going down the refinement road that leads to the Lexus IS 350 cul-de-sac. The IS 350 is straddles the fence between isolated luxury sedan and harsh-riding sport sedan and it does neither one exceptionally well. Yaddah, yaddah,... that's so academic.

Something more intriguing came up this morning over the first cups of coffee. We early risers were talking about Make/Model = Band/Song soundtracks.

It's been an ongoing phenomena for me over the past dozen years. Every once in a while, I get in a car, turn on the radio and precisely the "right" music starts playing for the attitude of the car. Call it karma, kismet, synchronicity, or whatever. I love it when it happens. Do you know what I mean?

For instance, the other morning on my drive in our recently added black-on-black 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T the Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" started playing. Bingo! I cranked it up to the point of distortion. That song is that car's soundtrack. Mopar guys like the Stones, not the Beatles.

In that spirit, I propose the following two soundtracks for the Challenger's peers:

2010 Ford Mustang GT = The Who, "Quadrophenia"

2010 Chevy Camaro SS = Edgar Winters Group, "Frankenstein"

Oh, and the 2008 BMW 135i = CAKE, "Satan is My Motor" (perhaps a little too literal, so any CAKE song would do, maybe Arco Arena?)

I'm sure you've got a list, if not actually written down, then tucked in a dusty corner of your brain. What are your Make/Model = Band/Song pairs?

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 19,200 miles

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