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      05-25-2011, 08:06 AM   #1
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Car Clash: BMW 1M vs. Porsche Cayman R

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Car Enthusiast drives the BMW 1M back-to-back against the Porsche Cayman R and comes in with their verdict - "the M is the one we'd take home." How do they arrive at this conclusion?


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The BMW, on the other hand, doesn't so much refine its 1 Series basis as ditch it entirely. It might be called the 1 Series M Coupé, but underneath it's an M3 and on top basically bespoke, the body stretched to accommodate a track that simply wouldn't fit under a 120d. Trademark M Division parts - twin stalk mirrors, quad tailpipes, M3 CSL 19-inch wheels - finish off the aesthetic. It's a glorious, boil washed touring car, but one that happens to fit four comfortably and have a decent boot.

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Compared back to back, you can't help but leave with the feeling that the perfect cabin would be a meeting of the two in the middle: the 1 Series doesn't do enough to feel truly special - as lovely as the orange stitched Alcantara trim is - while the Cayman is so uncompromising that it would take a driver of uncanny patience, physical flexibility and partial deafness to live with it every day. Continued...

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BMW has restricted UK buyers to just 450 1 M Coupés, and at £40,020 it's a good £14,000 cheaper than the M3 on which it's based. That's probably why a third of the allocation had sold before the car went on sale, and why we think this car represents one of the best investments you can make this side of a supercar. Continued...

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Yes, the foregone conclusion is accurate - you would take the Porsche if this was purely a dynamic exercise, and you were buying a toy. But that the 1 M runs it close for enjoyment is a testament to the Bavarian car's surprising completeness. We expect the Cayman S would give us more to think about for a day-to-day runner, but for this test, the M is the one we'd take home. Then we'd put the climate control on, listen to Radio 1 Extra on DAB, and maybe pick up something from Ikea, just to prove a point.

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      05-25-2011, 09:04 AM   #2
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I like!

Yes, strictly performance wise, the Cayman is the victor. However, considering that the 1M was never introduced to the public to compete with a Cayman R, nor is it even close to the cost of one- all while performing close enough for argument is the reason I feel the 1M earns its merits as the winner. It would be another thing entirely if it were three to four seconds behind on lap times, but I know what +0:01.00 looks like, and that is when the Cayman R crosses the finish line, all while looking at the kidney grilles of the 1M filled in his rear-view.

Possibly looking like this.......

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i think it all comes down to: you get what you pay for. It is less expensive (substantially) than the Cayman R, yet it has the performance of a street/race car. Which is an awesome combo in my opinion.
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      05-25-2011, 09:07 AM   #4
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I like!

Yes, strictly performance wise, the Cayman is the victor. However, considering that the 1M was never introduced to the public to compete with a Cayman R, nor is it even close to the cost of one- all while performing close enough for argument is the reason I feel the 1M earns its merits as the winner. It would be another thing entirely if it were three to four seconds behind on lap times, but I know what +0:01.00 looks like, and that is when the Cayman R crosses the finish line, all while looking at the kidney grilles of the 1M filled in his rear-view.

Possibly looking like this.......

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The fact that the 1M is even included in a test with the likes of the mighty Cayman R is a win for me.
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i think it all comes down to: you get what you pay for. It is less expensive (substantially) than the Cayman R, yet it has the performance of a street/race car. Which is an awesome combo in my opinion.
Not at all...you get a hell of a lot more then you pay for with the 1M!
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      05-25-2011, 09:27 AM   #7
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cool thanks, love reading about the 1M
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Oh god... Not another one of these reviews that the BMW wins due to it's daily drivability..

The Porsche is leagues better than the 1M performance wise.. For example: the Cayman R laps Hockenheim in 1:12.4 (which is faster than a M3 GTS, Ferrari f430, Audi R8 V10, Porsche 911 GTS with PDK, And obviously the M3 and 1M). THE 1M GOES AROUND IN 1:14.1.

Give me a break.. You are comparing sports cars and their performance capabilities are not the most heavily weighted characteristics? Sure the Cayman R is more expensive, but it's also faster than BMW's most expensive M3 GTS around the track..

This comparison is a joke, I would take the cayman r any day over the 1M. I would actually never buy the 1M but would buy the cayman r if it's replacement wasn't coming out next year.
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LOL too funny, porsche is the better car by miles....and not becasue its a porsche its becasue its actcaully better
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My pick would be the Cayman S/R as well. But I also agree the next gen Cayman will be worth the wait. That will most likely be my next car. But I am interested in what BMW will do with the next gen M3.
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Oh god... Not another one of these reviews that the BMW wins due to it's daily drivability..

The Porsche is leagues better than the 1M performance wise.. For example: the Cayman R laps Hockenheim in 1:12.4 (which is faster than a M3 GTS, Ferrari f430, Audi R8 V10, Porsche 911 GTS with PDK, And obviously the M3 and 1M). THE 1M GOES AROUND IN 1:14.1.

Give me a break.. You are comparing sports cars and their performance capabilities are not the most heavily weighted characteristics? Sure the Cayman R is more expensive, but it's also faster than BMW's most expensive M3 GTS around the track..

This comparison is a joke, I would take the cayman r any day over the 1M. I would actually never buy the 1M but would buy the cayman r if it's replacement wasn't coming out next year.
I love the 1M but yea, i agree 1000%
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Nice! Yet another "How to justify that I didn't want to buy a Porsche (because I couldn't)"-review
Why not comparing the 1M to the F458? Hell, is the 1M a bargain!

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Oh god... Not another one of these reviews that the BMW wins due to it's daily drivability..

The Porsche is leagues better than the 1M performance wise.. For example: the Cayman R laps Hockenheim in 1:12.4 (which is faster than a M3 GTS, Ferrari f430, Audi R8 V10, Porsche 911 GTS with PDK, And obviously the M3 and 1M). THE 1M GOES AROUND IN 1:14.1.

Give me a break.. You are comparing sports cars and their performance capabilities are not the most heavily weighted characteristics? Sure the Cayman R is more expensive, but it's also faster than BMW's most expensive M3 GTS around the track..

This comparison is a joke, I would take the cayman r any day over the 1M. I would actually never buy the 1M but would buy the cayman r if it's replacement wasn't coming out next year.
Oh god... Not another one of these critiques that the Porsche wins due to someone's ability to quote lap times.

They mention pretty clearly if it was purely performance the Porsche wins. Cayman R doesn't have a radio of a/c I think. No big deal if it's a track car, but most of us like to take these kind of cars out on the strip to watch heads turn sometimes. I may even want to take a girl for a spin, no a/c and radio is a kicker for me.
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If money is not a factor i'd take the cayman over the 1M ALL DAY LONG.. The 1 series is extremely small anyways and the only true advantage it has over the cayman will be the back seat
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The 1M is absolutely NOT "extremely small." It's *slightly* narrower than a 3er and I fail to see how the latter is perfectly fine with no complaints but the slightly smaller 1er is suddenly "extremely small." A Lotus is extremely small, a 1er is not.


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They mention pretty clearly if it was purely performance the Porsche wins. Cayman R doesn't have a radio of a/c I think. No big deal if it's a track car, but most of us like to take these kind of cars out on the strip to watch heads turn sometimes. I may even want to take a girl for a spin, no a/c and radio is a kicker for me.
You're right. So order the A/C and radio back in, where's the problem?
Oh wait. Too expensive?

I get the point!
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Oh god... Not another one of these critiques that the Porsche wins due to someone's ability to quote lap times.

They mention pretty clearly if it was purely performance the Porsche wins. Cayman R doesn't have a radio of a/c I think. No big deal if it's a track car, but most of us like to take these kind of cars out on the strip to watch heads turn sometimes. I may even want to take a girl for a spin, no a/c and radio is a kicker for me.
A/C and radio are no cost options that most cayman R's have. Do some research before saying things. I wouldn't buy a car without a/c or radio either. And the added weight from adding those can be mitigated by adding the lightweight Battery
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Oh god... Not another one of these critiques that the Porsche wins due to someone's ability to quote lap times.

They mention pretty clearly if it was purely performance the Porsche wins. Cayman R doesn't have a radio of a/c I think. No big deal if it's a track car, but most of us like to take these kind of cars out on the strip to watch heads turn sometimes. I may even want to take a girl for a spin, no a/c and radio is a kicker for me.
The Cayman R can be oredered with A/C and a radio. I bet the majority that come to the USA will have A/C and radio. Only die hard track junkies will order it with out those options.

This reminds me of the 911 RS America back in the early '90s that A/C and radio and sunroof were optional. It was very hard to find any used RS America without those options, so I bet bet the Cayman R will be equipped with those creature comforts that the majority wants.

I get the feeling that you may have not spent any quality time driving any Cayman and I'm not talking about a ride around the block. If you did you may change your opinion on the merits of the Cayman and the all around greatness of that car.
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I think that's what he means.
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i think it all comes down to: you get what you pay for. It is less expensive (substantially) than the Cayman R, yet it has the performance of a street/race car. Which is an awesome combo in my opinion.
Not at all...you get a hell of a lot more then you pay for with the 1M!
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