BMW 1M Nurburgring lap time: 8:12, 10 seconds faster than E46 M3

1M, Featured Posts | December 12th, 2010 by 28

Nurburgring lap times are in for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and according to Skiddmark, the new M is 10 seconds faster than the …

Nurburgring lap times are in for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and according to Skiddmark, the new M is 10 seconds faster than the E46 M3. At 8:12, the 1M is just as fast as the Z4 M Coupe, faster than the E60 M5, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG or the Porsche Cayman S.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe has been the attraction in the automotive world this week and certainly in the center of BMW news. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2011, with sales beginning in April. Official pricing has yet to be published, but our expectations set the price around the $45,000 mark.

The performance of the 1M around Nurburgring is quite impressive, especially coming from a six-cylinder engine used in the Z4 35is as well. The 1M is powered by the N4 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 engine. For the 1M, the turbocharger, exhaust system, and ECU have been revised to produce 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, though up to 369 pound-feet are available temporarily in overboost mode. Redline is found at 7000 rpm.

BMW 1M Nurburgring lap time: 8:12, 10 seconds faster than E46 M3

The lap times are still slower than the M3 CSL (7:50) or the M3 E92 (8:05), but both of these models use naturally aspirated engines, built by M engineers.

  • The White Rabbit

    tested by ….. ???

  • Auday

    “The lap times are still slower than the M3 CSLz4 m c (7:50) or the M3 E92 (8:05), but both of these models use naturally aspirated engines, built by M engineers.”
    which means it’s the right car with the wrong engine, unlike the E92M3 which is more of the wrong car with the right engine.
    replace the engine with an S54 or S65, remove the electric steering assist, and shave 100Kg of it’s weight and it would make the best M car recipe since the E46m3.

    • paul

      this car has electric steering??? surely u must be wrong cause if u are right then even M is dead…i know all bmw´s in the future will have electric numb steering – even our beloved 3ser – but an M??? more and more i praise the day i decided to get a CSL – btw faster than this 1M and cost me 10k less….

      • Auday

        The E92M3 has an electrical wheel and it sucks

        • Steve Tenney

          What’s an “electrical wheel”?

  • Tommy

    The 1M has Rack-and-pinion steering with hydralic power steering (Servotronic) NOT electric…

    • Auday

      you are right, I thought Servotronic is electrical, but apparently its not. I didn’t like it a bit on E92 M3, it feels artificial and a bit hyper on low speeds as if it wants to steer for you.

  • vedjo01

    I would wait for summer track conditions for real numbers..Its rather strange for anyone to lap this car in winter conditions,don´t you think??

    • Heddlu_Cymru M5

      I thinik this time was set with a pre-production car… And the time could still be better.

  • Hugo Becker

    So where would the 8:12 put it on the leader board?

    84. Donkervoort D8 180R 8:10 151 ´01 240 / 675 Sport Auto
    85. Dodge Viper GTS 8:10 151 ´97 457 / 1580 Sport Auto
    86. Alpina B6 S 8:10 151 ´08 530 / 1815 sportauto
    87. KTM X-Bow 8:10 151 ´08 241 / 871 sportauto
    88. Mercedes E63 AMG 8:10.0 151 ´09 525 / 1765 sportauto
    89. Porsche Cayman S 8:11 151 ´05 295 / 1406 Walter Roehrl (*mfr.
    90. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 8:11 151 ´05 290 / 1482 Best Motoring
    91. Porsche 993 Turbo 3.6 factory kit 8:12 151 ´97 430 / 1506 sportauto
    92. Mercedes SL 55 AMG 8:12 151 ´02 476 / 1855 Sport Auto
    93. Lotus Esprit Sport 350 8:13 150 ´99 354 / 1324 Sport Auto
    94. Dodge Viper SRT-10 8:13 150 ´05 506 / 1600 Sport Auto
    95. BMW M5 (E60) 8:13 150 ´05 507 / 1848 Sport Auto
    96. Ferrari F355 8:13 150 ´95 380 / 1350
    97. Mercedes C 63 AMG 8:13 150 ´07 457 / 1772 sport auto

  • Vince

    The wright car with the wrong engine I don’t think so, the n54 is capable of 500hp with a cool $10K in upgrade and it would still be less then a new E92 M3 with a nurburgring time a lot less then 8:00.000 for $55K.

    • Auday

      it’s not always about numbers :)
      S54 is a way more fun engine to have than the n54, I haven’t tried driven the 335is to judge the new version of the engine but the regular 335i is not even close to what the E46M3 engine is.

  • DHWhitney

    Well, I have an E90 (sedan) M3 stick and I think the engine is great and the steering pretty darn good as well ( I have also owned a 997 GT3), but I am first on the wait list for the 1M at the local dealer and intend to see for myself which is better! Ithink this car is likely a steal: cut out 300lbs from M3, use essentially same chassis/diff/steering/trans/brakes and put in an engine that has huge upgrade potential. Might miss NA of V8, but I’m not gonna be a snob about it!

  • DeadEye

    While it may not have the high revving ability of the S54, the N54 is still a fantastic engine. In stock form it’s bored, mine’s running nearly 450bhp and I can still get 35mpg on a long run.

    If you’ve not lived with both engines, I don’t think you can honestly comment on the N54. I’ve had 5 S54 engined cars.

  • Daniel Hoang

    Faster than the 450hp Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Looks like Viper and Plaxico are going to start trolling soon.

  • Babken

    The 1M is an absolute disappointment like I said. The M division boasted about making a great M car. So what do we have now? An absolutely underpowered car that can’t come even close to the E63 AMG despite having much less weight. BMW engineers should go for lessons to the AMG engineers in order to make right engines. 8:12… At least RIDICULOUS!!!!! I would shoot the idiot who approved of the production of this rubbish.

    • viper

      what happened to u…u used to be a member of bmw kiss ass club

      • Babken

        As distinct from you, I accept facts.

  • Used Cars Chicago

    At 8:12 the BMW would be equally fast as the SL 55 AMG according to the stats posted by Becker above. I think that’s pretty darn fast; not the fastest but still fast enough.

  • viper

    no one cares about this…..track times.
    this nurburgring is starting to get on my nerves

    • adc

      Does that mean you’ll finally leave? MB la-la land is just a mouse click away…

    • Daniel Hoang

      All true Sports cars must endure this track. Acceleration and top speed doesnt matter if you cant corner well. Also, All real auto enthusiest know that real preformance is tested here.

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  • Bimmer1

    When Dinan comes out with software for this it will at least be 390hp/425tq. Then we can see what the car is really about, and what it should have been. However BMW couldn’t have the 1M whopping up on the M3. No no no…No Power For You! Next!

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  • CastIron

    “faster than the E60 M5, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG or the Porsche Cayman S.”

    The Cayman S lapped in 8:11 and the facelifted Cayman S did 8:06. An 8:12 is impressive for $45k 1M, but it’s not faster than a Cayman S.