BMW’s 1-Series M Coupe: Small Car, Small Price, Big M5-Sized Speed

By | December 15, 2010

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BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Today, vehicles generally get bigger with every continuing year of existence. The newest Toyota Corolla was the same size as its big brother Camry was ten years before and that’s something we hate. The Daily Derbi likes and fully recommends smaller cars. Our very own Brandon Christiansen drives a now two-generation old GTI and I own a 2001 Miata. Small cars are just more fun, plain and simple. As it turns out, BMW knows this too. That was quite evident when they designed their delicious 135i and now they’ve done it again by putting an M badge on its side.

With that symbol comes a whole bag of goodies that have been developed by Bimmer’s M performance division to do one thing: make the car go around a track faster. And that’s exactly what the new 1-Series M Coupe has done. Despite having a stupid name because M1 was already taken by an old, epic BMW “supercar”, the new 1-Series M Coupe (now unofficially called the 1M) has now lapped the Nürburgring faster than the latest model E60 M5 and the previous E42 M3. Just how fast is that around Green Hell? 8 minutes and 12 seconds fast. Consider this, too: the E92 BMW M3- the newest version we know and love, posted a ‘Ring lap time of  8:05, and it has two more cylinders and nearly 60 more horses.

Now, part of that incredible lap time comes down to the 355 horsepower under the hood, and some of it comes from a brisk 0-60 time of just 4.7 seconds. But the other major elements are due to a revised M suspension and the fact that the car weighs a lot less. Like we said before, smaller is better. It’ll take $45,000 to get into a 1M, and while that’s certainly not pocket change, it’s cheaper than an M3 and nearly half the price of the outgoing M5. Not a bad deal at all in our opinion.

[Chad Waite]

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