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      09-11-2011, 10:02 AM   #45
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      09-12-2011, 10:53 AM   #46
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Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car article. Not bad being in top-10 considering all others ahead of it (short perhaps of the Boss/Cayman R) are supercars/exotics.

http://www.motortrend.com/features/p...r/viewall.html
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      09-12-2011, 11:06 AM   #47
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Pretty disappointing considering all the praise the M3 gets, and has gotten in the past.

edit: Then again, the 1M has gotten its fair share of praise also.
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Pretty disappointing considering all the praise the M3 gets, and has gotten in the past.

edit: Then again, the 1M has gotten its fair share of praise also.
Yeah, I'd say it is an objective review.

But consider this: first off, it is in the top-10. Then realistically, as this is not a budget constrained review and all available exotic cars are factored in, did anyone realistically expect the 1///M to finish ahead of a Ferrari, Audi R8 GT, Lexus LFA, SLS, GT-R, a track-built Porsche, and a Vette with Z07 package (all on a track like Laguna). The fact that it was in the consideration (while the M3 was excluded), and finished ahead of others still is praiseworthy in my book
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      09-12-2011, 12:49 PM   #49
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Pretty disappointing considering all the praise the M3 gets, and has gotten in the past.

edit: Then again, the 1M has gotten its fair share of praise also.
Is something wrong with the 1M these guys got? 1M? Understeer? This has to be the first time I've EVER seen the two words in the same sentence.

My personal opinions on the value of MotorTrend as an auto journal don't need to be rehashed, but something is fishy here.
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Top Car SA June 2011 - 1M v RS3

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      09-28-2011, 11:17 AM   #51
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thx for sharing

don't like the A3/RS3 body type, although it IS super practical. but it slayed the M.
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thx for sharing

don't like the A3/RS3 body type, although it IS super practical. but it slayed the M.
No slaying going on. The guy even said he would spend his money on the 1M because it is more fun.

The Audi definitely seems like it would be more appealing to the average driver, who can't drive standard very well if at all, and couldn't tell you what over-steer is correctly.
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don't like the A3/RS3 body type, although it IS super practical. but it slayed the M.
The writers definitely seem to think so. I would argue that the 1M is the superior track tool in the hands of the right driver while the RS3 seems to be a lot more accessible.

Since the people writing the article don't seem to have even turned DSC off on the 1M, I'm guessing driving skill is not their greatest asset.

Most track comparisons between the two show the 1M on top.
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Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car article. Not bad being in top-10 considering all others ahead of it (short perhaps of the Boss/Cayman R) are supercars/exotics.

http://www.motortrend.com/features/p...r/viewall.html
Inclusion in this list attests to the 1M's accomplishments. That being said, since when is a drag race an accurate and comprehensive performance evaluation of a car?
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another perspective from Top Gear as previously listed.


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Automobile Aug 11 - Full Circle M1 to 1M

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No slaying going on. The guy even said he would spend his money on the 1M because it is more fun.

The Audi definitely seems like it would be more appealing to the average driver, who can't drive standard very well if at all, and couldn't tell you what over-steer is correctly.
I came back from Europe a few weeks ago with a bunch of car porn, and every test in which the 1///M was compared to the RS 3, it handily won (often it was multiple car tests, not 1-1 duels, e.g. Cayman R, Evora S, Focus RS, Artega GT, etc.).
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Review of a Valencia Orange 1M at Watkins Glen

Here is one more review - a Valencia Orange 1M hot lapping Watkins Glen: http://www.onehotlap.com/2011/09/1-m...kins-glen.html
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BMW 1-SERIES M COUPE: M STANDS FOR MAGNIFICENT LITTLE BEEMER

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Red alert: The BMW 1-series M Coupe.

Remember when BMWs used to be about driving, and less about status? Remember when they were devoid of electrickery, when the steering connected you to the road ahead, when the stick-shift gave you direct access to the motor, and when the only thing keeping you from certain death or a night in the slammer was a sensitive right foot and your own sense of self preservation?

Well those days are not only, not long gone, but are still here. In these days of mental horsepower figures of 500 plus and enough torque to make the earth turn quicker, a twin-turbo straight-six producing 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque will sound distinctly underwhelming.

But I warn you now, do not be put off, and believe me when I say that is enough. Enough, that is, when you’re talking about a compact short-wheel-base coupe with rear-wheel drive, a very manual short-throw six speed transmission and the whole thing tipping the scales at just 1495kg.

We are talking about the feisty little BMW 1-series M Coupe, and to further add to its intent it’s had a few other transplants: the suspension, brakes, 19-inch competition pack wheels and the smart-alec M Differential are borrowed from the current M3.

Somehow, the promise and potential of this little cracker, overcomes the extreme reservations that have always existed over the sagging molten mess of a stylistic blob that was the 1-series.

Actually, with the better proportions of the coupe, now enhanced by the wider track, bigger, filled-out wheel arches, massive air intakes, quad exhausts and its lowered, more menacing, stance it all contributes to a deeply contrived, but utterly effective sportiness.

It’s lesser sibling, the 135i Coupe is not a bad steer either, but the M takes things up a considerable number of notches and it does so by adopting the Z4’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder with a pair of turbos.

You’re looking at acceleration well into the domain of hard core sports cars, and a typical BMW-limited top speed of 250kph. Once you’re on the move, start exploiting the performance and begin to throw it around. You will do this anyway because it’ll egg you on and then relish your commitment.

Work that crisp but smooth shifter hard to access the power and keep things on the boil and you’ll be rewarded with grip-busting performance. So much so that you’ll see a light constantly flickering on the dashboard.

That’s the traction control, and it’s revealing its presence in the most subtlest of manners, because with the back end of this car kicking about like an eager puppy dog’s tail, you’ll not otherwise notice the silent saviour keeping you on the road.

The harder you drive it, the better you get to know it and understand and appreciate its relatively crude grip and dynamics. And the more satisfied you will be.

You won’t mind that it has a hard ride, which deteriorates even further on rough surfaces, nor will you care about the cramped interior, the awkwardly upright seating position and the dated dashboard.

If your hunting for criticism of the 1M as it’s been popularly dubbed, you won’t find it here. Oh alright then, there is the small matter of the price, for example.

This car should be offered for around the AED 150,000 mark to compete head on with the popular coupes and muscle cars in this market. Instead the price is well past the psychological tip-over point of AED 200k. But, apart from that, this is a little beauty.

Why Buy It

The most fun-to-drive BMW on sale today
A future classic
Fantastic performance
Why Not

It’s expensive
Only available as a manual
Dated and cramped interior
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""Beemer?" Maybe they thought there were looking at a bike.
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""Beemer?" Maybe they thought there were looking at a bike.
... or they live outside of the US.



There's a whole world out there.
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Vs boss302

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Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car article. Not bad being in top-10 considering all others ahead of it (short perhaps of the Boss/Cayman R) are supercars/exotics.
http://www.motortrend.com/features/p...r/viewall.html
Please remember that Motortrend is a pretty sleazy mag. It seems to be too much of a coincidence that the Car/Truck of the Year selections match which manufacturer spends the most ad dollars in that magazine.
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From AutoExpress UK: 1M Coupe v Audi RS3
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Winding road...hopefully not a re-post.

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I think the verdict is in. I just drove mine from the dealer.... Should i sell??
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