2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe: First Drive

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2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe: Drive

I told myself I hate the BMW 1 Series M Coupe no parts bin-built Bimmer ever be worthy of the M-Sport Right? Of course. I knew I hate the BMW 1M . I had to. But did I?

Disclaimer: BMW wanted us to the 1 Series M Coupe so badly provided a day of track time at the Motor Club ‘s course and all the cars we could I provided my own transportation and a tall extra burned, from

I had a speech prepared for the day the 1 Series M arrived. I dreamt of delivering it to BMW pounding my shoe on the table as How dare they build a M car, a mix-and-match hack job of on hand; a tedious little powered by a plebian engine a tractor’s redline and those things like the cars in the and the Furious movies.

I imagined building to a crescendo, I’d foretell heaps of the 1M would receive from whose sanctimony about naturally-breathing BMW M cars comes as as breathing: The M purists.

Yeah, never mind that. is most definitely an M car.

the 1 Series M Coupe shares its twin-turbocharged inline six with pre-2011 BMWs (and with the BMW Z4 sDrive35i). The downside to is the 1M doesn’t have its own, cooker that revs to and imparts a brutal wail could strip paint, some notable M cars do. But in ways — and here’s where the 1M is true to BMW’s own narrative for it — the 1M those nimble, neutral-handling, M cars of yore, which make pain-in-the-… purists happy.

What is a BMW M car, anyway? In its years, the M performance division only motorsports. Out of necessity it turning out homologation specials, the rarer-than-plutonium M1 and later the brilliantly-steering E30 M3 of 1988.

Since then, the M has widened to include Wernher von executive sedans, nasty-quick and, well, don’t make a fire truck or

No they don’t. And for those that M has strayed too far from its the 1M’s coltish charm on the and racetrack offers both a of relief and a bit of dramatic tension, how few 1Ms BMW says it’s planning to

Naturally, the 1M’s N54 three-liter the 2011-model 135i’s twin-scroll, N55) is a separate beast the current M3’s four-liter V8. At 335 the twin-turbo six is way out of the M3’s 414-hp but makes up the difference with of torque from 1,500 rpm to rpm, peaking at 332 lb/ft — 37 more than the M3.

It also has a provisional overboost that issues temporary of 369 lb/ft during low-idle, situations (like flooring it a … stop). That always-on power band well to Monticello’s 1.6-mile, South course, especially paired with the 1M’s chassis.

And what happens you push that telltale button on the 1M’s steering No additional power; instead, it mapping on the drive-by-wire throttle, more kick per the same in pedal angle (which call the control variable). An M car an aggressive throttle.

The 1M isn’t quick; BMW says it can get from in 4.7 seconds, which isn’t far off the low-five-second-range time, even if the being typically conservative. No, the of this car isn’t blinding the point of the 1M is agility, and it has plenty of it.

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With a wheelbase that’s inches shorter than the M3, and the of the M3’s quicker, 12.5:1 ratio, the 1M turns much aggressively than the longer M3. Of M engineers used other from the M3 to tweak the 1M’s manners as well. Beneath the architecture is M3’s variable its 5-link rear suspension and

The 1M can carry an astounding amount of through corners, and there’s of advance warning before the finally give way. Oh, you rubber? The 1M has loads of it, with ZR19s in the front and 265/35 in the rear.

That’s a lot of rubber for a car, and aside from the 1M look exactly like a sketch (how odd is that?) it ridiculous amounts of grip contact patches the size of Island.

And then there’s that which BMW’s gotten right. The wider track and negative camber in the rear gives the 1M an attractive, bulldog In fact, stance-wise, it’s and bounds over any other M.

But what of the sound? BMW definitely the 1M its own aural signature, which is wicked than other Ms, but is far and angrier than the 135i by way of to the intake and exhaust.

If the sign of a car is how soon after your drive that you’re pushing the limits, then is a very good car. The brakes — 14.2-inch ventilated in front, 13.8 in the rear — are than enough gear for the 1M, but I would like to have how they’d have drawn the 3,362 car from Monticello’s straight, which we didn’t Otherwise, I didn’t notice the feel at all, which is of the point, right?

As for stability control, BMW’s M Mode will get most drivers all the way there, but considering M cars are about the brilliance of the it’s more rewarding to off the nanny, dial it back a and let the mechanicals take front and

What’s kind of baffling the 1M is its narrow window of production. building only between 800 and of the cars, based on production at the company’s Leipzig plant, and has no plans to continue production the 2011 model year. means the $47,010 1M ($54,085 kitted out) is a kind of

But while preliminary results the potential for the 1-Series platform to a sharp-handling sports car, or not BMW purists will demand a production run remains to be seen.

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