InsideLine: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Prototype First Drive

BMW 1M | October 9th, 2010 by 12
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Next in line to report on the test drive of a BMW 1 Series M Coupe Prototype is InsideLine. Attending the same event as the …

Next in line to report on the test drive of a BMW 1 Series M Coupe Prototype is InsideLine. Attending the same event as the fellows over at MotorTrend, the US magazine shares their impression of the highly awaited 1M.

Here is a quick excerpt:

“Never mind the interior, though. It’s the mechanical package, and in particular the driveline, that will be the real focus when the 1 Series M Coupe reaches North American showrooms next year. Based closely around that already used by the 135i coupe, it runs a heavily tuned version of BMW’s N54 engine mounted longitudinally up front and delivering drive to the rear wheels. Details pertaining to the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder direct-injection gasoline unit haven’t been made official. However, Inside Line understands it develops close to 350 horsepower — or 44 hp more than the standard engine in the 135i and some 57 hp less than the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8-powered M3.

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First impressions once you’ve slotted the key into the ignition and hit the starter button are more than encouraging. The reworked engine is extraordinarily strong within the lower end of the rev range thanks to its solid reserves of torque. Again, BMW is not prepared to divulge too much prior to its official unveiling, but there are whispers that the 1 Series M Coupe has as much as 350 pound-feet of torque, or significantly more than both the 135i coupe and M3’s 294 lb-ft. As the torque is delivered at just 1,400 rpm, the new BMW requires little commitment from the driver to appreciate the added performance.

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But while its part-throttle properties are truly impressive, it is under boost, when its two turbochargers are spooling up, where the 1 Series M Coupe really comes alive. Planting your right foot at middling revs unleashes a heady rush of acceleration fully befitting its billing as the spiritual successor to BMW M division’s original M3. The reworked engine doesn’t mind being worked hard, either; the delivery remains strong all the way to the 7,000-rpm cutout point.


Don’t Throw Away That Left Foot Just Yet
Despite speculation suggesting the new BMW would receive a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox like that now available as an option in the M3, the 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will come standard with a six-speed manual. It’s a strange decision given the younger customers M division is aiming at. But with a crisp action and firm springing, working the Getrag-engineered unit is no hardship. As we’re used to, though, the clutch action is long on travel.”

Full article at InsideLine


12 responses to “InsideLine: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Prototype First Drive”

  1. ?????,poihaf01 says:

    i dont see the bloody point in developing this car… M = MARKETING… good job BMW …

  2. empower says:

    you dont see the point in bmw m trying to capture young customers. dont forget the 1 coupe is only 4 year old and is going throw its mid life refresh. take a long and bmw’s history with the likes off the 2002 turbo and you dont see the point, you sound like an old fart so you should remember were the tri colour first apeared on a small 2 door turbo coupe

  3. Hugo Becker says:

    Getrag box? I suspect that’s a typo and the gearbox is a ZF.

  4. plaxico says:

    here is one interesting post with that article by some ex M owner . Lets see what ”prancinghorse ”has to say about it, shall we

    ”After selling my 05 M3 i will never buy another M because BMWs service is comparable to any domestic K-mart brand and their dealers are some the biggest douchebags on the planet because they know theres Bmw fanboys out there that will buy a turd as long as it has a bmw badge.”

    Ive got one thing to add tho. Brilliant!

    • wazon8 says:

      Hahahaha, most of customers are very satisfied by BMW service and it’s part of a reason why they go for another BMW. Man, you’re so stupid that you try to derive general rule from single case. Go and check what people say about MB services.

  5. Wooo hoo. says:

    Given some of the other remarks to my comments, I’m starting to warm up to the idea of purchasing an E-Class. I’m not an ‘enthusiast’ and the more I read on these boards the more ‘average’ I see the BMW consumer. BMW has tapped into ‘the people’s car’ vein and quite honestly, I don’t want to be a associated with that. The perception of status is dipping, and honestly, all that will be left is you ‘enthusiasts’ that want some stripper street legal cafe racer. Just take a look at, people asking about how to chip their car and remove it when something breaks so that they can get free repairs.

    • wazon8 says:

      I wonder if I understood you correctly. You’re going for E-class because some car ethusiast are interested in chip their cars (as if some MB enthusiast weren’t), because BMW became people’s car (whatever it means to be people’s car for 40k $). Your conclusion is simply ridiculous: “all will be left is you ‘enthusiast'”, since for the first of all it doesn’t follow from premises and – secondly – you said it about the brand which sold above 1.000.000 cars worldwide YTD, and – thirdly – it seems to presuppose something rather obviously false that BMW customers are affected by what ethusiast think (in whatever sense you use the word ‘enthusiast’), supposing that what enthusiasts think is really unattractive. You made also some general statement about averegeness of BMW customers on the basis of how enthusiasts are, but the problem is that enthusiasts are not average cumtomers of brands that sell so many cars. You can say that recently Saab is sold mostly to enthusiasts on U.S. market, but not BMW. Moreover, I bet that most of BMW customers know shit about BMW history, don’t wait for reborn of M3 e30, won’t take their car on a race track to push it as hard as possible, won’t cry because of electric steering, won’t buy m-refined suspension or perfomance parts and so on. What they seem to be interested in is a package that they will get for their money, which is a combination of numbers of others things: luxury, efficiency, reliability, performance (but not the performance in track or drag races terms). Of course, they can count spotiveness as pro eighter, since as almost each driver they will like to take some corners faster from time to time. Think about it, because the most average thing here is your fallacious reasoning.

    • XC says:

      (@ wooo whateev) WHO’S ASKING?

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