“Baby-M” 1M almost needs no introduction. It is by far one of the most fun bimmers since the E30 M3 and has gained a cult all over the world. It is also a car that draws attention everywhere you go while putting down some impressive performance, both on the street and track. So what do you do when you pair a small, hot rod with a big SUV and its impression power?
The folks over at GTboard took the 1M to the drag strip along with the all-new F85 X5 M. The 1M is powered by the N54 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 engine. For the 1M, the turbocharger, exhaust system, and ECU have been revised to produce 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, though up to 369 pound-feet are available temporarily in overboost mode. Redline is found at 7000 rpm. The rear-wheel drive layout and manual gearbox (only that gearbox was offered for it) made it accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.
The introduction of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M has been received with less criticism than before. The engine has also been revised and now the S63 4.4 liter V8 biturbo delivers 575 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque (553 lb-ft). Thanks to the new eight-speed automatic transmission with M-specific set-up, the motor is more often in an ideal speed window and should act as an even more impressive in everyday life. Standard spring was also significantly improved, from 4.7 seconds to 4.2 for the new generation.
So can the lighter, underpowered 1M keep up with the heavyweight and powerful X5 M?