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AutoBild: BMW 1M vs. Porsche Cayman R

1M | April 23rd, 2011 by 14
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Car and Driver was the first magazine to compare the new BMW 1M against some of its potential competitors. Today, a new review emerges from …

Car and Driver was the first magazine to compare the new BMW 1M against some of its potential competitors. Today, a new review emerges from Germany where popular magazine AutoBild placed the 1M against what it is considered in Europe, its main competitor: Porsche Cayman R. Looking from a price point, the comparison is somewhat uneven, the Cayman R is about 40 percent more expensive than the 1M, a factor that seems to decisively weight in 1M’s favor.

With 330 horsepower, the Cayman R offers marginally less power than the 1M (340 hp), but to overcome the power difference, it weighs less: 1,408 kgs vs 1,536 for 1M. The mid-engine placement helps the Porsche sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds, slightly slower than the 1M and its 4.6 seconds. But the Porsche makes up the difference and more from 0 to 124 mph: 16.4 seconds vs. 17.8 seconds for 1M.

AutoBild: BMW 1M vs. Porsche Cayman R

Porsche Cayman R is 1M’s toughest opponent. The car sports bucket seats, loops for closing the doors and no air conditioning or radio, keeping the weight very low.

AutoBild notes that the Cayman is noisy, tuned very hard and offers almost no comfort. The 1 Series M is the clear winner here since for daily driving, it offers more comfort, despite its sporty ride.

Contidrom laptimes show that the Porsche is the more consistent athlete 1:34,21 vs 1:35,76 minutes for 1 Series M Coupe. In comparison, the BMW M3 E92 reports a time of 1:35,41 minutes. The same M3 with DCT was lapped at 1:35,11.

We are looking forward to other comparisons.

[Source: AutoBild via BimmerToday ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=51500531 Andrew Murphy

    Impressive that the 1 M and the Cayman R are so close around a track!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      it depends what do you call close ? 1.5s on a short track means in a 30 lap race the 1M will be 45sec or 1/3 track behind. That’s not too close !!! The 1M could loose some weight and gain a few more HP (Dinan ?) and sport a DCT then it could be real close to the Cayman R, like the M3 DCT.

      On a track the last second or half second is the hardest to gain !

      What surprised me that the M3 was marginally faster then the 1M … with 6spd manual in both. Given that the M3 has a 74HP power advantage and only a little more weight, I thought it was faster.
      Its impressive from the 1M to get so close to its in-house rival and still managing to be 15 grand cheaper.

      The Cayman R is in a different league, more of a track toy then everyday car. Not a fair comparo until the 1M is stripped and tuned for a little more HP.

      I could see tuner 1M getting 400HP out of the 3.0 TT (has been done already on the 135i) and shredding a 100lbs or more and becoming a serious track weapon.

      • wazon8

        Since when 119 kg is “only a little more weight”? It’s enough to reduce power advantage in most of cases, if you add 1M’s advantage in torgue figure.

      • wazon8

        Since when 119 kg is “only a little more weight”? It’s enough to reduce power advantage in most of cases, if you add 1M’s advantage in torgue figure.

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  • Mose121

    “…loops for closing the doors”

    You know, you should really know that those loops are the door handle that you pull to open the door and not to close it when your job is to write articles about such things.

    • Otto

      You should really look for Cayman R interior pictures (e.g. Porsche web site) and you’ll see there’s a door handle AND a loop. Not very useful but it gives a kind of sporty cachet, just like the flat lower part of some steering wheels.

  • Mose121

    “…loops for closing the doors”

    You know, you should really know that those loops are the door handle that you pull to open the door and not to close it when your job is to write articles about such things.

  • Babken

    Bravo, Porsche. As distinct from M division, they know how produce a true sports car. Like I said before the 1M is a disgrace for BMW both for its crappy engine and too much weight. If the M wants to go on this way they had better be discontinued.

  • viper

    Id rather go with Porsche

  • Fredyschiftan

    The porsche has nothing to give you in comfort!! you think BMW did not think of the A/C or other components when they build the car? Bmw aims for comfort and not a noisy ride, I would like to see this Cayman in California for the Summmer , then we shall talk of weight savings.

  • http://www.planet-9.com K-Man S

    I’d visit http://www.planet-9.com to find out all about the Cayman R, it is hardly a track only toy like say a Lotus, owners are all driving them as daily drivers too..

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