Pulling away from a light in the city where I work, a guy in a BMW 540i was in the left lane, me in the middle. We had clear road ahead of us. I had just shifted to second when he punched it hard. He was playing it smart in negating the WRX launch. I responded to his provocation, floored it and pulled a carlength or two once it came on full boost. Shifted to 3rd and he started to pull even. We held that dead heat for a bit and mutually decided to back off due to coming up on traffic. We both looked over at each other and laughed.
Stopped at the next light and talked about our cars. LOL, it was a businessman in a tie and a sweater vest, probably heading back from lunch. He said his buddy just bought a WRX and he thought they were great cars. I asked him about his Bimmer and he claimed it was stock, hadn't gotten his Dinan mods done yet. My WRX dyno'd 192 whp at Vishnu. I'm wondering, his car was a little quicker than I expected, bigger car but powerful. The only other time I have encountered a 540i was at the track and the guy was a mobile chicane, but I think that was all about the driver, not the car. Anyway, he was a nice guy driving a good machine and it was an amusing short encounter on the way to work.