Car and Driver just posted online their review of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The new installment is part of the comparison that took place a few weeks back when a prototype 1M was put against the Audi’s TT RS and the Infiniti IPL G37.
The new short test drive is less detailed that we would like, but we’ll take this for now. Next month, BMWBLOG will share with you the first impressions of the 1M on a race track.
“Actually, we, like many of the M faithful, are sad to see the days of high-revving, naturally aspirated M engines draw to a close. But we are comforted by the N54’s flexibility, which provides a driver with more gear-selection options than a peaky engine would.
On tight, twisty roads, you never have to bother with the short-throw shifter, powering out of corners in third with gusto. Or you can drop to second, should you want to hang out the tail more easily on the exit before upshifting to third. In a straight line, the 1-series M bests the 135i’s 4.8-second sprint to 60 by 0.3 second and puts another 0.1 between itself and the non-M car by the quarter-mile, tearing past in 13.0 at 109 mph compared with the 135i’s 13.4 at 105.
For all its back-road prowess, the 1 M doesn’t ask you to make big sacrifices in day-to-day driving. Despite a stiff tune and short-sidewall tires, there’s little impact harshness to the ride. Visibility and comfort are admirable by coupe standards.
So where does all of this put the 1-series M in the pantheon of sports coupes and BMW M cars? We suppose that depends on what you’re looking for in a sports coupe or M car. What we can say for sure is that the BMW 1 M is great and weird and fun. No matter what the purists may say, we’re always happy to have more cars like that.”