Review: BMW 1 Series M Coupe

1M | November 25th, 2011 by 14
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Australian magazine CarsGuide reviews the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe and as always, the “baby-M” does not disappoint. Let’s have a look at an …

Australian magazine CarsGuide reviews the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe and as always, the “baby-M” does not disappoint. Let’s have a look at an excerpt from the review.

VALUE

This is the best bang-for-your-buck car ever to wear an M badge and the Bavarian maker’s refusal to call it an M1 in deference to the 1970s mid-engined supercar won’t matter a damn to anyone who drives it. A rose by any other name.

About $100,000 buys a two-door coupe that outperforms the $55,000-dearer BMW M3 in roll-on acceleration and is easier to toss through turns than any coupe this side of a Lotus Exige. It is about $25,000 dearer than the 135i and worth every heavily taxed cent of that.

Review: BMW 1 Series M Coupe

DRIVE

Negotiating the 48 torturous switchbacks that mark the Stelvio’s ascent to 2757m, the driver realises the difference between what rates as great TV and what rate as great roads. The M car outhustled and outhandled Subarus, Audis and Porsches alike as it carved a line through the rain and snow-topped bitumen.

But the switchbacks themselves just aren’t that much fun. It’s a second or two of full acceleration, then hard on the brakes as speed bleeds back to single figures.

But on either side of the hairpins the road opens out enough for the vehicle to flow from curve to curve and car and driver each work hard to maintain a decent pace. The coupe hits 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, fuel consumption is 9.6L/100km, and CO2 emissions are 224g/km.

VERDICT

Me, I want 1. If I had $100K to part with, this would be the car. The only comparable car in terms of cornering dynamics is the Porsche Cayman and its lack of rear seats makes it less practical as a day-to-day driver. There are quicker cars and there are better handling cars but this is the best compromise I’ve driven.

Full review at CarsGuide

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  • JC

    to expensive for so little, ill just go buy the new Camaro ZL1 for the same price 580 Hp it will eat the shit out of 1M

    • Manchester Man

      Hahaha dont make me laugh! I take it that the Camaro doesnt over steer heavily? Is it so balanced that just like any other american performance car they are known to compete with bmws, porches, ferraris etc?? not a chance in hell, in fact its rather the opposite. American muscle cars are strictly for drag racing, you try to take it around a corner quickly you will spin out. American cars are way behind years behind the germans in building chassis’s Its easy to make a car go like stink on a straight but if you want to take it around corners, this is where you need optimum engineering. Americans aint got it and the germans especially bmw have got it. Engineering a super balanced car like the 1 M is like an art and its clear that these expert reviewers appreciate that kind of art. 

      If power was so important to me I would get a 1 M and tune it to 450+ hp and considering its 25% lighter than than the Camaro it sounds about equal in terms of performance and price. By the way we all know that chevys doesnt come close to BMW, Mercedes and Audi in terms of build quality, pretigiousness and ergonomics.

  • Cash_AU

    They don’t sell Camaro’s in Australia

  • Sam

    And those prices are in AUD. Your Camaro ZL1 would be an extremely expensive grey market import (with a RHD conversion). Probably looking at $200k AUD.

    You’re better off getting a Ford FPV F6, which is $66k AUD with a supercharged V8, 6 speed manual…and a practical 4 door sedan body. It’ll hurt the 1M in a straight line but the BMW will leave it for dead in any corners.

    • JC

      to bad if you live in australia then lol

  • r56

    msrp for the zl1 is $55,000 usd

  • Manchester Man

    After reading the first few reviews on this car no review surprises me anymore because you know what they are going to say before you even read the review! This car is a force to be reckoned with.

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  • http://tinyurl.com/7m5ctne BMW X5

    It is a tremendous one and I don’t feel anything is being compromised here. It’s wonderful revs and great handling seems good.

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  • Dave R

    Hairdressers will love it.

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