Ruminations On the 1 Series M

1M, Featured Posts | December 10th, 2010 by 4
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Here is a collection of thoughts on the 1 Series M: The engine power figures will be disappointing to a large number of enthusiasts. The chassis …

Ruminations On the 1 Series M

Here is a collection of thoughts on the 1 Series M:

  • The engine power figures will be disappointing to a large number of enthusiasts.
  • The chassis is the weak link in the 135i, especially at higher speeds. And anytime you can dump the runflats . . .
  • The ‘air curtain’ wheel airflow management technique is really good tech. If Hummer had done that with its H2 they may have increased it highway MPG number.
  • The styling does a good job of hiding a heavy set of shoulders and hips now the track has been widened front and rear.
  • Our own Shawn Molnar quickly picked up on the new six speed tranny. In an earlier article I thought that the DCT would not be included because it would take too long to sort its software out with the revised ECU software. Looks like that was wrong. It would appear that the DCT was not included because of the total torque available to the 1 Series M.
  • Why oh why can’t we get cloth seats on any 1er, let alone the performance 1 Series M where that slippery leather will leave you slip sliding away in the esses.
  • And why do they insist on the silly cast bridges that keeps the brake pads from being changed without having to drop the calipers from the rotors.
  • It will be interesting to see if the ride comfort is acceptable. In the best of all worlds, the driver will get more feedback from the suspension and steering, while the passenger feels a barely perceptible difference at normal speeds. The handling difference between the 1 Series M and the 135i should be like the difference between the E46 M3 and E46 330i ZHP.
  • While pricing has yet to be announced, it would be worth speculating that US pricing will be constrained by the presence of the 335is in the lineup. Price the 1M beyond the 335is . . .
  • In fact, who would consider the 335is as an alternative to the 1M?
  • The lack of any form of automatic transmission automatically (pun intended) limits the audience for this car. And maybe that’s a good thing.
  • The 19×9 inch wheels up front hopefully will banish understeer to the sixth circle of hell.
  • BMW claims the 1 Series M will do 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. Which buff book will fix that number below 4.2 first?
  • I wish that the peak power would be extended to about 6500 RPM and make that last surge to the redline at 7K worth the effort. But then they’d be stepping on the toes of the M3. However, if you just extend that fabulous fat/flat torque curve to 6000 RPM, the HP number goes to about 380; still well below the M3.

All BMW 1 Series M Coupe Information can be found here

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000477069969 Hugo Becker

    A couple of updates:

    The brake calipers are not the Brembos found on the 135i but appear to be the calipers from the M3.

    The peak torque is right in line with the Z4 sDrive 35is so the DCT should be able to handle it. The question is, why no DCT?

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  • Alex

    The M3 is 150 kg heavier and has 50nm less torque. If they would have given the 1m more power,(380hp for example) it would have probably been faster,or as fast as a manual M3, and 18000 euros cheaper.

  • okeribok

    The audience for the 1 coupe has always been: people who love it enough to not care that they can get a 3 coupe for roughly the same cash. Because of this, it is relatively rare and this is yet another attractive property to some audience. I personaly like its compactness, though the 3 coupe is more handsome.

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