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      10-08-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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Arrow MotorTrend First Drive - BMW 1 Series M Coupe Review

Select journalists were recently provided near production ready 1M coupes to test drive and review. Motortrend has now weighed in with their first drive impression, calling the 1M's high level of control and cornering a level that seems impossible outside the virtual world of Sony's Gran Turismo. Read on...

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First Drive: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Prototype

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October 08, 2010 / By Frank Markus

Almost since the launch of BMW's pocket-size 1 Series, an M version has been predicted. The tii concept car shown at the 2007 Tokyo motor show was the first harbinger, and the blogosphere has barely quieted down since. One of the biggest questions: What would they call it? Millennial enthusiasts might assume M1, but grownups associate that name with BMW's first modern mid-engine supercar, so that name was a non-starter (it's being reserved for something more fabulous than the lowest-priced M vehicle). Instead it will be dubbed 1 Series M Coupe.

That name also draws a connection to this latest M's true predecessor, the quirky two-seat Z3 and Z4 M Coupes. Okay, it's around a foot longer, seats four, and weighs a few hundred pounds more, but in its cheeky styling and narrow, nippy demeanor it passes the paternity test. BMW has not released many official details about the 1 M (it breaks cover officially in Detroit in January), but during a recent tech-day visit to Munich the engineers let us take a quickie test drive and either admitted to or winked and nudged at the following facts:

Engine: The N54 twin-turbo 3.0-liter six is closely related to the one in the Z4 sDrive35is. Spooling out 11.6 psi (increasing to 14.5 for up to seven seconds of overboost), the turbos help produce roughly 340 peak horsepower, with torque registering near 370 lb-ft. To spare you the math, that's 74 fewer horses but 75 more pound-feet of twist than the M3's peaky V-8 makes. With weight said to remain nearly equal to the 135i's, that should give the 1 M a weight-to-power rating equal to that of the previous M coupes with far better weight-to-torque than even the M3.

Transmission and driveline: A six-speed manual will be the only transmission offering, and we expect its ratios will be shared with those of the M3 stick. The M3's Variable M Differential lock rearend is also part of the deal.

Chassis: Almost all of the M3 bits have been adapted to the 1's closely related platform, with only minor tweaking to account for the 1's nearly 200-pound lighter load. This includes the aluminum suspension links, the big vented and cross-drilled brakes, and the M3 competition package's 19-inch Y-spoke wheels, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's of the same sizes (245/35ZR19 93Y front, 265/35ZR-19 98Y rear, inflated to 44 psi front/35 psi rear on our prototype).

Body: Fender flares widen the car by 3.1 inches to cover the huge tires, and new fascias accommodate the engine's increased cooling needs in front and the quad exhaust pipes out back. The 135i's rear lip spoiler is retained, and all bodywork will be steel to keep the cost low. Paint choices will include Alpine White, Jet Black, and Valencia Orange Metallic.

Interior: Expect white-on-gray M gauges, a three-spoke M steering wheel with M mode button, an M shifter, and sport leather buckets with ample side bolstering.

So how does it run? Matching the last-gen M3 Competition coupe's weight-to-power ratio with more torque than today's V-8 M3, the 1 M moves out smartly indeed with zero turbo lag and a healthy snarl that's dominated by mechanical and induction noise. Servotronic steering retuned for the 1 Series M Coupe relays plenty of road feel with ideal levels of effort. The chassis' broad stance and high level of control permit cornering that seems impossible outside the virtual world of Sony's Gran Turismo. Those oversized brakes erase big speeds just as smoothly and effortlessly as the twin-turbos produce it. BMW claims its Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time falls just a bit shy of the M3's, and that seems plausible.

A limited production run of 2700 units has been reported, with a healthy percentage of that number heading our way. The base price is expected to fall very near $45,000, highlighting the 1 M's true mission, which is to win back those people who may have failed to make the $8000 price leap from the six-cylinder E46 M3 to the V-8 E92 model. We reckon these folks will be only too thrilled to trade their aging E46s or tuned 335is for one of these.

Rest of article (including comparison to E30 M3): http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...#ixzz11oNnLwYw
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      10-08-2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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either admitted to or winked and nudged at the following facts
so basically everything we already know for certain (colors, manual trans, etc) and the rest, just conjecture.
i'm getting tired of waiting...
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      10-08-2010, 06:42 PM   #5
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Nice!! I can't wait for this bad boy to come!
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      10-08-2010, 06:47 PM   #6
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This car going to insane and highly sought after. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until the 2014 model. But, think how much better the 1M will be with more development time and its own engine!
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      10-08-2010, 06:50 PM   #7
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"zero turbo lag"

uh, huh. that is the same BS the magazines tried to sell me with the 135i.
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      10-08-2010, 06:52 PM   #8
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Yeah this "review" seems more like an advertisement to me than any sort of assessment.
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I knew they'd be using a similar or the same tune as in the Z4 35is.
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I really like it !!!
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      10-08-2010, 07:03 PM   #11
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And the 1M becomes ever more disappointing... No ducktail, no carbon fiber roof... anything else we should be let down about?

Body kit with M3 suspension and LSD and mild tune...
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I don't understand how motortrend could or would publish before BMW would?

How does that make any sense????????

Someone explain!

Hasn't BMW been keeping this info under wraps?
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so basically everything we already know for certain (colors, manual trans, etc) and the rest, just conjecture.
i'm getting tired of waiting...
You're saying this article is a GUESS? Conjecture? How can they publish conjecture???
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nice read. nothing new, except for the no tubo lag. thats something that surprised me a little. i guess we will see.
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So the starting 1M price is about $45K (probably no ED option), versus an ED bare-bones M3 is around $50K, neither including tax etc.

It's a bit of a tough-sell...
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Almost all of the M3 bits have been adapted to the 1's closely related platform, with only minor tweaking to account for the 1's nearly 200-pound lighter load.
My interpretation is 200 less than M3 or is it less than 135i?

Current 135i manual = 3373
Current M3 = 3704
1M = 3504 or 3173. If it's the latter 1M becomes more attractive, otherwise still a VERY good car but not a titan slayer before mod.


Check out the width of tire compare to E30 M3, holy crap.
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My interpretation is 200 less than M3 or is it less than 135i?

Current 135i manual = 3373
Current M3 = 3704
1M = 3504 or 3173. If it's the latter 1M becomes more attractive, otherwise still a VERY good car but not a titan slayer before mod.
Likely 200 lbs less than M3. I figure it will be heavier than 135i due to heavier brakes, wheels, tires and diff.

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My interpretation is 200 less than M3 or is it less than 135i?

Current 135i manual = 3373
Current M3 = 3704
1M = 3504 or 3173. If it's the latter 1M becomes more attractive, otherwise still a VERY good car but not a titan slayer before mod.


Check out the width of tire compare to E30 M3, holy crap.
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Likely 200 lbs less than M3. I figure it will be heavier than 135i due to heavier brakes, wheels, tires and diff.

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With weight said to remain nearly equal to the 135i's, that should give the 1 M a weight-to-power rating equal to that of the previous M coupes with far better weight-to-torque than even the M3.
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This 1M is turning out to be very close to what a fully modded 135i would be which is worthy of the M badge in my opinion. Very cool!
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So, is 135iS worth $45k?
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So the starting 1M price is about $45K (probably no ED option), versus an ED bare-bones M3 is around $50K, neither including tax etc.

It's a bit of a tough-sell...
Why do you say "probably no ED option" ?
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