The BMW 1M coupe press test fleet vehicles have hit US shores (along with many US owners’ 1Ms we hear). These BMWNA (NJ) bound 1M coupes have been spotted throughout the east coast.
Look for 1M reviews by the US publications soon!
Well, that didn’t take long. 1M deliveries just began, but this black 1M coupe has already seen a whole host of modifications, both performance and cosmetic. Current modifications include BMW Performance kidneys, spoiler, steering wheel and seats, combined with Plus street legal Schroth 4-point harnesses.
Future modifications to come include: shifter rebuild, steel brake lines, and Pirelli P Zeros tires.
Right out of the gates InsideLine goes for the jugular and lets the readers know their overall opinion of the car. “The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe is a fantastically compelling machine. It is fast — faster in real-world terms than the M3 on most roads.” And that is the basis for the rest of the article, which is filled with praise after praise.
Edmunds states what we know, the power doesn’t match up to the M3, however the massive torque figure makes up for the … CONTINUED
animah from Switzerland has taken delivery of his VO BMW 1 Series M Coupe and want kind enough to open a thread to share photos and his experiences with his car so far with everyone. Whats more, he goes as far to leave an open mic for anyone to ask questions about the car and he will do his best to answer them!
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.… CONTINUED
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 … 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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
Here it is, C&D’s shootout of the 1M, TT-RS, G37 IPL, in their video review. Watch live footage and commentary as the BMW 1M Coupe takes the victory.
The guys at driving-fun.com recently had the opportunity to drive a Swedish owner’s new 1M coupe (who seems to be making the rounds at the major European tracks with his new 1M — first the Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring) at the Dutch Zandvoort track. Here were their impressions of the 1M on the circuit.
BMW has posted some new footage of the 1-series M coupe – a behind the scenes look into a photoshoot from this past summer. View inside.
We bring you the first extensive video footage of the 1M coupe, in over 11 unedited minutes of the newest M car, including footage of start up, acceleration, revving, handling, and track footage. A nice bonus is footage of the 1M coupe running on the track with its spiritual forefather – the E30 M3.
While we’re all still drooling over the unveiling of the 1-Series M Coupe, some might wonder how it will fare against what will possibly be its biggest rival – the Audi RS3. We can already hear some moaning ‘coupe vs hatchback, RWD vs AWD and manual vs double clutch’ to stress both cars aren’t even rivals, but look at the specs to see that both a pretty close in power, size and price. Enough said, here it is, all pictures and information you need to make … CONTINUED
US BMW dealers have received the official 1 series M coupe product bulletin, signaling the start of communications regarding the 1m coupe. The bulletin summarizes general facts of the 1M coupe as well as laying out specific US production and pricing info.
The 1M will be limited production after all and production begins in 2011. BMW’s Order Bank will be open as of December 20th, meaning the official option and package lists will be listed (and orders possibly being submitted on this date).
There has been some confusion as to how the 1M coupe’s M-Drive and MDM are triggered, and whether that changes with iDrive or not. We have put together a primer on how they work exactly and what the buttons accomplish respectively.
Unlike the M3 and M5/6, the M-button on the steering wheel (red circle) is not programmable. It’s always set to trigger a sharper throttle response mapping (comparable to the POWER button in the E9x M3), and nothing else.
The M Dynamic Mode aka MDM cannot be programmed … CONTINUED
Skiddmark has shared this great in studio video of the 1M coupe, featuring a live rotating view of the 1M as well as some motor revving action! Video inside – listen to the 1M being revved at 1:52 and 4:12 marks of the video.
The 1M Coupe Visualizer is now available on BMW.com, including a virtual look at the 1M in black and white. In addition to the 360 degree visualizer, there is a complete set of 1M design and technology highlights for you to explore.