Autobild recently conducted another track comparison review involving the BMW 1-series M Coupe. Stepping into the ring this time were the Audi RS 3 and the Ford Focus RS 500. The results? The BMW 1M wins, with the Audi finishing second and the Ford last. As seen in the test data below, the Audi with its AWD Quattro is the quickest in a straight line. The Audi also offers the most compliant ride according to Autobild. However, once the cars hit the track, the tide … CONTINUED
BMW Driving Instructor Donnie Isley provides an account of time recently spent breaking in a 1M on the twisty mountain roads of western North Carolina. His enthusiasm is infectious and you can’t help but feel some of his 1M experience through his words. All in all, the 1M impressed him on these roads even more so than at the Willow Springs race track where he chaperoned the BMW 1M press drives last month.
From time to time, BMW trademark filings provide clues on future BMW models. Our latest finding could be related to the recent speculation coming from both Autobild and SCOTT26. BMW is said to be considering launching a 2-series line comprising of the 2-series coupe (F22), the 2-series convertible (F23) and M-variants of these cars. These are essentially the next generation 1-series coupe and convertible, but renamed as the 2-series.
As seen in the screenshots from the German patent office below, BMW has filed “M2″ and “BMW M2″ … CONTINUED
They’re here! The newest additions to the ///M school fleet at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC have begun arriving. Approximately eight 1M coupes in total will be introduced to the group of M-cars which can be chosen by students participating in M performance driving courses at the Performance Center. Four 1Ms are already at the center and will be introduced to the fleet once their 1,200 mile break-in and scheduled service are completed.
The 1Ms will also mark the re-introduction of manual transmission cars to … CONTINUED
Autocar’s recently released their print version of their BMW 1M vs. Cayman R comparison in their magazine, and now here’s the video version. The video is inside for your enjoyment. Here’s a hint on the results – it’s close!
Car Enthusiast drives the BMW 1M back-to-back against the Porsche Cayman R and comes in with their verdict – “the M is the one we’d take home.” How do they arrive at this conclusion? See analysis inside.
The venerable Top Gear magazine edition has reviewed the 1M coupe and much to no one’s surprise by now, they love the car. All we needed to see was their comparison to the Z3 M coupe to know that they “get” what the 1M is all about. We can’t wait for the video review by the 3 amigos on the Top Gear television series.
BMW M chassis expert Jürgen Schwenker provides some great new insight into the BMW 1M coupe, including chassis tuning, DSC, MDM mode, M button throttle mapping, seats, race brake pads, tires, exhaust, convertible version and more. Check out the dialogue inside.
Our review of the BMW 1M coupe from last week’s BMW west coast press drive event at the Willow Springs International Raceway has been posted. We wondered if there would be any unique perspective for us to share with our readers. We hope so. We’ve shared our opinion on how the 1M compares to the M3 on the road from an M3 owner’s perspective, how the 1M performs on the track according to a BMW performance driving instructor with 25 years of racing experience, and … CONTINUED
Here are the most extensive 1M undercarriage shots posted yet, showing in details the complete suspension, exhaust system, brake system, and other major components.
The inspiration for the BMW 1M coupe is said to be drawn from the E30 M3. BMW likes to say that the 1M is the spiritual successor to the original M3. In fact, all of the engineers who worked on the 1M coupe were required to drive and become familiar with the E30 M3 during development. That’s how much BMW wanted the 1M coupe to emulate the E30 M3′s original spirit, while of course also accommodating for current safety required designs, customer wants, and reasonable build … CONTINUED
We’ve launched our official photos threads for the 1M coupe, containing photos of actual owner’s 1M coupes. We encourage all current and future 1M owners to add your photos to the photos threads for each color.
According to a report out of Cardealermagazine, BMW Product Manager James Morrison says that response to the 1M has been greater then was expected and BMW is now looking at the possibility of spin-offs. Should be interesting!
Here is the first set of comparison photos of the 1M coupe versus the E46 M3. Many feel that the 1M’s squat stance with aggressively flared fenders harks back to the similarly aggressive stance and shape of the E46 M3. We tend to agree. Judge for yourself in these photos.
MSN UK comes in with their review of the 1M coupe, praising it as all the other publications have and calling it a sure-fire bet to become a modern classic and BMW’s best cult car in years. Read on!
See what the auto journalists saw at the 1M press drives in this video of Matt Russell’s (M Brand Manager, US) presentation on the 1M coupe. See the philosophy, goals, and technical details behind the development of the M group’s hottest new coupe.
BMW UK has launched the first commercial for 1-series M coupe, which recently went on sale in England. The commercial features a valencia orange 1M coupe on some empty twisties in the countryside poised to swallow up some tarmac, followed by some serious driving. It’s rare to see tire smoke, much less drifting, in a BMW commercial, so the 1M is clearly being advertised by BMW as a model for serious driving enthusiasts.
Axis of Oversteer was in attendance at the Monticello race track in NJ for the first BMW 1M press test drives. Here is some fun drifting and hoonage in the 1M coupe.