Right from the get-go, it seems that the BMW 328i is faster off the line from 0-60 and in the quarter mile by a significant margin, as the gearing of the ATS 2.0T’s current six-speed manual transmission apparently has to shift just before the car can reach 60 mph.
Host Johnny Lieberman hopes that the manual transmission he was using in the ATS was some sort of lemon model, and that a normal shifting experience would be much more enjoyable. Meanwhile, the chassis dynamics of the new 3-Series are not as exciting as those found in the sharp Caddy, as the ATS 2.0T seems to steer and hug the road better than anything else in the segment.
As an aside, we would like to point out that the Bimmer doesn’t use electric power steering, but an electro-hydraulic power steering system. There is a difference.
Without giving it all away, you should watch the video: