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Car clash: BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. Porsche Cayman R

1M | May 25th, 2011 by 9
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UK magazine Car Enthusiast places the new BMW 1M against the Porsche Cayman R. Let’s have a look at some of their findings: Showroom Appeal: …

UK magazine Car Enthusiast places the new BMW 1M against the Porsche Cayman R. Let’s have a look at some of their findings:

Showroom Appeal:

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The BMW, on the other hand, doesn’t so much refine its 1 Series basis as ditch it entirely. It might be called the 1 Series M Coupé, but underneath it’s an M3 and on top basically bespoke, the body stretched to accommodate a track that simply wouldn’t fit under a 120d. Trademark M Division parts – twin stalk mirrors, quad tailpipes, M3 CSL 19-inch wheels – finish off the aesthetic. It’s a glorious, boil washed touring car, but one that happens to fit four comfortably and have a decent boot.

Car clash: BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. Porsche Cayman R

Behind the Wheel:

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The BMW is undoubtedly the quicker car in real life, due to its ferocious mid-range, but anyone can jump into the Cayman and quickly start dismissing corners with exorbitant, almost reckless abandon. You simply can’t do that in the BMW.

Problem with the Porsche is that, yes, it’s more fun when you’re driving, but the rest of the time it’s a proper pain in the arse. Wedged into the fixed position carbon buckets, you’ll feel you’ve strapped on a muscle toner belt – good for shrinking those burger wings, but not really that pleasant after a while. It’s also a cacophony of raw engine and tyre noise. Pure indeed, but probably a little too pure to live with all the time.

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BMW has restricted UK buyers to just 450 1 M Coupés, and at £40,020 it’s a good £14,000 cheaper than the M3 on which it’s based. That’s probably why a third of the allocation had sold before the car went on sale, and why we think this car represents one of the best investments you can make this side of a supercar.

Full review at Car Enthusiast

  • Manny Antunes

    Comparing the 1M to the Cayman R says a lot! Says a lot about the capabilities of the 1M. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/mtechnik3 Miroslav Nikolich

      I agree, Manny. While the Cayman R is more of a hard edge, sharp track weapon, the 1M is just as good of a performer and you can live with it every day. BMW M’s DNA is about making motorsport inspired track cars that can be used every day. You don’t have to sacrifice with the 1M. I hope the 1M will get BMW M back on track to delivering cars enthusiasts crave and lust over.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mtechnik3 Miroslav Nikolich

      I agree, Manny. While the Cayman R is more of a hard edge, sharp track weapon, the 1M is just as good of a performer and you can live with it every day. BMW M’s DNA is about making motorsport inspired track cars that can be used every day. You don’t have to sacrifice with the 1M. I hope the 1M will get BMW M back on track to delivering cars enthusiasts crave and lust over.

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  • LexusLVR

    The testers should have included the Lexus IS350C – would have given the Kraut cars a run for their money. Hell, even the regular IS350 sedan would have murdered these cars. Not to mention the IS-F, which would make the baby alligator and the bratwurst M1 its “bitch”. :-)

    • alex

      All of which compete in a different class.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LTHYJRPRFI5EUMS7JB3TPNVYDQ Kacsó Kálmán László

      Lol you come here and talk about Lexus…
      lol u’r stupid
      we don’t give a fuck about lexus
      M3 beats the IS-F.
      And I would buy this 1M over any Lexus you could mention.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Whasians Daniel Vu Nguyen Hoang

      The 1M is 42 grand, 335hp, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and .98g grip
      The IS350C. 45 grand, 300hp, 0-60 5.9 seconds .89g grip
      The ISF, 55 grand, 400hp, 0-60 4.8 seconds, .93g grip

      —ALL WERE TAKEN FROM INSIDE LINE—

      Another trait of trolls, They never back up there claim with statistics.

      • Bob3989

        Lexus is for women.

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