CAR Magazine got its hands on the 1-series M coupe and the conclusion is like that of the other auto magazines before it – that it is a proper M car, no doubt. Their review focused on comparing the 1M coupe to other BMW offerings (both M and non-M) in assessing whether they felt the 1M was a proper M car and which, if any, of its technology and engineering was a step forward for the M division. Catch some of their notable findings inside.
The 1M continues to impress auto publications worldwide, this time at the hands of Autocar, who say that the 1M coupe is not a junior M3, as many suggested it would be, but has its own distinct character and, in real-world terms, is a good deal faster than its more expensive sibling.
Have a listen at the great sounding 1M MotoGP safety car with its Akrapovic exhaust system, driven by Stefan Bradl, MotoGP racer.
This drive took place at the Qatar MotoGP, where the 1M safety car made its first appearance. The car is both lighter and faster than the “stock” 1 Series M Coupe, with a lowered chassis and its own unique (blacked out) 19″ wheels. The brake system and adjustable rear spoiler are taken directly from the M3 GTS, not difficult tasks considering how the 1M was concieved. Removing the standard catalytic converters in the rear is good for an additional 7-10 HP, but this was not in the official party line from BMW. While on paper this sounds like a nice CSL/GTS variant … CONTINUED
The first 1ADDICTS member to take delivery of an Alpine White 1M coupe has posted some beautiful photos of his brand new 1M. Each of the three 1M coupe colors are now represented by members on 1ADDICTS and we thank them all for sharing their photos and experiences!
The most renowned German sports car magazine Sport Auto has published their review. The biggest news first, the 1M did a 1:14.1 in Hockenheim. To add some perspective, the fastest time Sport Auto got for the M3 was 1:14.2 in an E92 M3 ZCP DCT.
Sport Auto clocked 4.7 seconds for 0-62mph and 17.2 seconds for 0-124mph. But it’s not only the measurable performance that impressed the reviewers, it’s also the fun. Purely a subjective matter, but the 1M got 10 out of 10 points for driving pleasure. Sportauto confirms the 1M being tailhappy when driven at the limit with DSC off, but – unlike the AMS review – they don’t consider this a bad thing. To the contrary, it “reminds them of the old BMW … CONTINUED
Another 1M review is in from Germany. AMS got their hands on a 1-series M Coupé, and we’ve translated the essential details from their review. In short, AMS considers the 1M one of the best sports cars available but found some drawbacks in daily use and under less than ideal conditions. They clocked an amazing 4.7 seconds for 0-62mph which is on par with the E9x M3 they’ve tested previously. Equally impressive, 0-124mph only took 16.6 seconds while returing an average of 18.2 mpg. AMS gave 4 stars out of 5. The firm ride, traction on wet roads and the steering they consider too heavy apparently avoided a 5-star-rating.
We had a chance to sit down and interview the gracious Matt Russell, M Brand and Alpina Manager for the US, at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. Like us, Matt is a BMW enthusiast through and through. He races BMWs and describes himself as the biggest manual transmission purist he knows. We posed to Matt some commonly asked questions among our forums and members, and are able to share with you the following insights.
Autobild has just published a comparison test between the 1M and the Porsche Cayman R. We’re happy to share that the 1M won this comparison (besting the Cayman R by 1 point). The 1M coupe performs only slightly worse than the Cayman R, yet it offers better overall comfort and low-end power. All this for roughly EUR 25k less! More inside…
The reviews for the 1M have been pouring in recently, with one review after another shining very positive light on the little M car, especially when compared to various rivals.
Now AutoExpress magazine has come in with their own review. Right off the bat, the car they got to test was a Black Sapphire Metallic version, which is something welcome to the 1M fans who desperatly want to see more IRL photos of the car in black.
Going a step beyond just the looks of the car, the folks at AutoExpress gave the car 5 stars in their review and were not short in their general praise of the car. Their first line says it all…. follow the jump to read the rest.