Top Gear comes in with its in-depth comparison review of the BMW 1M coupe versus the Audi RS3, perhaps its most direct rival and competitor.
This past saturday, the German Tuner magazine Sport Auto held their annual Tuner GP at Hockenheim Grand Prix raceway. This yearly event pits tuners from all over Europe against each other to see who is the best for bragging rights and with the victory comes added exposure for those shops in the winners circle. The TechTec BMW 1M coupe with its Akrapovic prototype exhaust, KW suspension, and 443hp, took 3rd place in the competition, behind a Lotus Exige and supercharged E46 M3.
1Addicts member ‘Ohcrap’ and his wife took the trip to Spartanburg, SC to take delivery of his BMW 1-Series M Coupe at the BMW Performance Center, and shares his experience with the group.
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Tiff Needeell, one of the more respected TV automotive reviewers tests the 1M coupe in the hills of the Scottish countryside. How did the 1M perform according to Tiff?
Tiff seems ultra pleased with the 1M’s “great feel, the chassis, the revs of this lovely engine, the throttle response.” He points out some lag at 1500 RPM in 6th gear, but calls the acceleration at 4000 RPM in 3rd gear virtually instantaneous. As for handling, the 1M has great turn in and even with traction control off, it powers out of turns with the back end firmly planted.
Tiff’s conclusion? The 1 Series M Coupe is an enthusiast’s dream. No surprises with that conclusion.
According to the official BMW model production schedule (attached below), the 1M coupe will end production in December 2011, making a total production run of 10 months. The chart also indicates that there will not be a second (2012) model year. If recent speculations comes to fruition, the successor to the 1M coupe will be the BMW M2 Coupe, as BMW will switch the next generation small BMW coupe to the 2-series badge.
Richard Hammond (of Top Gear) reviews the BMW 1M coupe. No surprise, he’s a fan. We’re looking forward to seeing the car reviewed and flogged on the Top Gear television series!
Shortly after BMW released the 1M, it debuted the 1M SafetyCar for the MotoGP series. Besides a unique paintscheme and some CF addons, the car was also lowered a good amount and sporting KW stickers. The writing was on the wall and we all knew that it was only a matter of time before a coilover kit was released for the 1M.
The coilovers are a Variant 3 system of KW’s kit, which means that the coilovers are both rebound (infinitely) and compression (14) adjustable along with height adjustable. Lowering ranges from 10-35 millimetres at the front and 5-25 millimetres at the rear axle.
KW claims that the new system will not only improve the cornering (especially at high speed) and aesthetics, but the comfort levels as … CONTINUED
Here’s an amazing BMW 1M coupe commercial/video from BMW Canada, featuring the 1M navigating around the track and drifting through concrete wall cutouts. Must see video!