Twelve lucky winners attended this week the BMW 1 Series M Coupe test drive event in Leipzig, Germany. One of them, nickname Bigmouth Studio, member of 1addicts, is sharing his first, unbiased impressions of the 1M.
Here it is in an unedited form:
“I have a Z4 23i & a X5 30xdrive. I have driven 135 convertible before.
The first impression was not so impressive because the real shape of the car was masked by the camouflage. But I noticed the back of the car was so wide. The sound of starting the engine was wonderful. The clutch is not extremely hard. The gear shift distance is short & precise. Easy to handle (this is my 1st time driving a left-hand drive MT car).
After we went onto the highway, it was raining heavily. I already noticed the steering was very sensitive. The dampers were so good & no jumping at all. Even passing puddles, the car remained in the driving line. I can easily feel the movement of the chassis from my seat. I can overtake easily while on 6th gear just by putting my right foot to the gas paddle. Then we went onto small country road. The chassis remained clean & accurate even we were driving 100km/hr.
On the test track, it was also raining heavily & my car was loaded with 4 people including me. I could not push the car to the limit. The brake was very strong & smooth. It could bring my car from 200km/hr to 100km/hr before the U turn quickly & I only needed to down shift 1 gear to slow down the car. Even I used 3rd gear at the U turn, the power remained & I can shift to 4th gear after the apex. No turbo lag was experienced. I noticed the toque remained almost abundant from 2000rev up to 5500rev.
The interior is little bit boring because the layout same as normal 1 series. Only the orange stitches & bucket seat were attractive.
The exterior of the car is aggressive. Thank you to the front bumper, wide fender & nice looking wheels. If it is orange, you will recognize this is an M car easily. There will be a LED line above the headlight. The tail light use the L shape LED thick strip. The back diffuser housed 4 exhausts.
What I like: the highly balanced chassis with the bi-turbo engine
What I dislike: still a little bit under-power if this is an M car. The interior is not very interesting.”