Wall Street Journal’s automotive expert, Dan Neil, also a co-host of the Car Show on Speed TV, delivers a mixed review of the BMW 1M with both positive and negative points. While the positives clearly come from the driving experience, the negative angle comes to focus due to the design of the 1 Series, which Neils calls it “a total buttaface, one of the ugliest, most disturbingly wrong car designs in modern history.”
But we all knew the 1M might not be the best looker and that the purists are simply looking at the “baby-M” as one of the last fairly lightweight M vehicles with lots of fun to offer.
Let’s see an excerpt from his review that focuses on the driving experience.
“Serene and smooth at low speeds, but with an increasingly impatient growl from the quad exhaust as the revs build, the 1M does several dynamic things particularly well. First, at corner exits, it pulls like hell, like it has deployed some magical torque spinnaker. BMW gives the 0-60 acceleration at 4.7 seconds, but the way this thing gets on the cam in second and third gear will bring a tear to your eye. Like my favorite M3 of olden days, the car is not unnervingly fast but it’s hugely willing. This thing hits redline faster than one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Second, it has splendid cornering grip, and the corner-to-corner transitions happen without a lot of heaving, rolling or rebound to unsettle the car or cause you to correct your line. The 1M Coupe has impeccable cornering manners, and the M Sport Seats lock you in driving position.
Third, it trail-brakes like a dream. Turn in to a corner with the brakes on and ease off the binders. The car’s rear end slides gracefully to the outside, the world swivels and now you’re looking at corner exit. Dig in the spurs, up come the revs. Hi-yo, Silbern, away!”