German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport takes the new BMW 1M to the Hockenheim race track. The outcome? Nothing short of impressive. The 1M was clocked at 1:14.1 minutes, faster than the M3 Coupe with DCT gearbox, 1:14.2 minutes.
The 340 horsepower “baby-M” was also nearly a second faster than the Audi TT RS (1:15) and the RS5 Coupe (1:15.3). The Porsche Cayman S with manual transmission fell a bit short as well 1:14.3, but the PDK driven Cayman S lapped below the 1 Series M Coupe 1:13.9. As an interesting tidbit, the 1M was only 0,6 seconds slower than M3 E46 CSL.
As expected, the 40% more expensive Cayman R with PDK transmission remains the fastest with 1:12.4 around Hockenheim.
From 0 to 62 mph, the 1M clocked in at 4.7 seconds. Furthermore, the 124 mph (200 km/h) came at 17.2 seconds.
Bottom line is that the road test editor Anja Wassertheurer is very impressed by the latest model from Garching and leaves no doubt that experienced drivers can have a lot of fun with the new 1M.
Full review available in the print magazine.