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      06-09-2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Richard Hammond Reviews the BMW 1M

http://www.mirror.co.uk/advice/motor...mmond/2011/05/

New BMW 1 Series M Coupe - one seriously great car
31/05/2011

ABOUT 20 seconds into Pulp Fiction I knew I was going to like it.

As soon as you see Samuel L Jackson on the screen you know you’re in for some gratuitous violence, machine guns and creative profanity.

As soon as Pride and Prejudice started and I saw the period costumes I knew that a chase involving American muscle cars was unlikely to happen, so I lost interest immediately.

It is the same with cars. The really great cars tell you within 15ft that they are going to give you a seriously good time – and it takes only the same distance to work out the serious duffers.

It happened last week with the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe. Barely had I got out of the drive when a large grin appeared on my face.
Of course, we had a fairly good idea that this car was going to be rather good. First, BMW hasn’t made many mingers (5-Series GT and the X6M excepted). Second, it would take serious bungling to make a small coupe powered by a 340bhp engine boring to drive.
There have been no mistakes made with the M Coupe. It’s fantastic.

You’ve seen the pictures but wait until you see it on the road. The wider wheelarches look massive as they stretch over the 19in alloy wheels.

From the back the car looks seriously aggressive, with four tail pipes and squat ‘ready to pounce’ looks.
The front and rear tracks are wider, too, yet the whole car is only 1,932mm wide (including the mirrors). When you’re in the M Coupe it feels small, compact and manageable. Which is why, point-to-point, it will easily match the more powerful and expensive M3.
I reckon it’d be quicker by a noticeable margin.


HARDCORE

BMW has aimed at its hardcore fans with this car. It’s only available with a proper manual gearbox with no smart-Alec double clutches and ‘tronic this and that.

Last year I had a quick go in an original, 1980s four-cylinder M3 at Top Gear’s test track. Not particularly fast by modern standards, but massive fun to drive. People who liked that M3, and the E36 model that followed, will love this car. It’s packed with driver aids but you can turn them all off and operate without a safety net.

Not a problem for a decent driver on dry roads, but if you switch everything off in the rain you might want to have a Scandinavian surname or be called Lewis or Jenson.

The engine is a straight six of 2,979cc, with 340bhp at 5,900rpm and 450Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,500rpm.
The engine has a pair of turbochargers and some clever electronics will give you an extra 50Nm of torque in ‘overboost’ mode.
Modern engines tend not to suffer from turbo-lag and this one doesn’t, but you do get an extra big kick up the backside at about 2,000rpm.


UNCORKED

This is a seriously fast car. The top speed is limited to 155mph (I bet it would go over 170mph uncorked) and does 0-62mph in 4.9sec.
But cars with even double the power wouldn’t see it for tyre smoke because it’s so well suited to our roads.
The ride is excellent at high speeds so you aren’t worried you’ll be bounced into a field.

There’s much to report about the interior of the 1-Series M Coupe, too. There are a few M badges here but no special seats or brightly-coloured seatbelts. Neither is it full of gadgets.

It’s a straightforward car for people who want raw performance. There’s even a lot of space inside. Almost as much as in the M3. Which leads us to the question of whether you need an M3 when for a lot less you can have the even more fun M Coupe. I’d have the smaller car.

BMW is only building 450 right-hand drive M Coupes and a large number of them are already spoken for.
If your name’s not on that list, you could be missing out on a seriously great car.
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      06-09-2011, 10:23 AM   #2
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Thx for sharing, nice read!
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      06-09-2011, 10:31 AM   #3
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Thx for sharing, nice read!
What am I missing? When I go to the page, all I get is a blank section.
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      06-09-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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What am I missing? When I go to the page, all I get is a blank section.
Me too
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Not a lot Not really a review, more speculation
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Wonder when Top Gear will test it on the TV??
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Wonder when Top Gear will test it on the TV??
First episode of new series is Sunday 26th June.

No schedule of what's on that show yet.
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      06-09-2011, 11:27 AM   #8
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Copy paste for those that cant see it....

New BMW 1 Series M Coupe - one seriously great car
31/05/2011

ABOUT 20 seconds into Pulp Fiction I knew I was going to like it.
As soon as you see Samuel L Jackson on the screen you know you’re in for some gratuitous violence, machine guns and creative profanity.
As soon as Pride and Prejudice started and I saw the period costumes I knew that a chase involving American muscle cars was unlikely to happen, so I lost interest immediately.
It is the same with cars. The really great cars tell you within 15ft that they are going to give you a seriously good time – and it takes only the same distance to work out the serious duffers.
It happened last week with the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe. Barely had I got out of the drive when a large grin appeared on my face.
Of course, we had a fairly good idea that this car was going to be rather good. First, BMW hasn’t made many mingers (5-Series GT and the X6M excepted). Second, it would take serious bungling to make a small coupe powered by a 340bhp engine boring to drive.
There have been no mistakes made with the M Coupe. It’s fantastic.
You’ve seen the pictures but wait until you see it on the road. The wider wheelarches look massive as they stretch over the 19in alloy wheels.

From the back the car looks seriously aggressive, with four tail pipes and squat ‘ready to pounce’ looks.
The front and rear tracks are wider, too, yet the whole car is only 1,932mm wide (including the mirrors). When you’re in the M Coupe it feels small, compact and manageable. Which is why, point-to-point, it will easily match the more powerful and expensive M3.
I reckon it’d be quicker by a noticeable margin.

HARDCORE
BMW has aimed at its hardcore fans with this car. It’s only available with a proper manual gearbox with no smart-Alec double clutches and ‘tronic this and that.
Last year I had a quick go in an original, 1980s four-cylinder M3 at Top Gear’s test track. Not particularly fast by modern standards, but massive fun to drive. People who liked that M3, and the E36 model that followed, will love this car.
It’s packed with driver aids but you can turn them all off and operate without a safety net.
Not a problem for a decent driver on dry roads, but if you switch everything off in the rain you might want to have a Scandinavian surname or be called Lewis or Jenson.
The engine is a straight six of 2,979cc, with 340bhp at 5,900rpm and 450Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,500rpm.
The engine has a pair of turbochargers and some clever electronics will give you an extra 50Nm of torque in ‘overboost’ mode.
Modern engines tend not to suffer from turbo-lag and this one doesn’t, but you do get an extra big kick up the backside at about 2,000rpm.

UNCORKED
This is a seriously fast car. The top speed is limited to 155mph (I bet it would go over 170mph uncorked) and does 0-62mph in 4.9sec.
But cars with even double the power wouldn’t see it for tyre smoke because it’s so well suited to our roads.
The ride is excellent at high speeds so you aren’t worried you’ll be bounced into a field.
There’s much to report about the interior of the 1-Series M Coupe, too.
There are a few M badges here but no special seats or brightly-coloured seatbelts. Neither is it full of gadgets.
It’s a straightforward car for people who want raw performance.
There’s even a lot of space inside. Almost as much as in the M3. Which leads us to the question of whether you need an M3 when for a lot less you can have the even more fun M Coupe. I’d have the smaller car.
BMW is only building 450 right-hand drive M Coupes and a large number of them are already spoken for.
If your name’s not on that list, you could be missing out on a seriously great car.


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Loving it! Chuckle, chuckle...

Received confirmation mine is due for Build Week 25 - Around 25th June.
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Spot on.... Hammonds loved the Z4 M... as well as most BMWs. and we know Clarkson will love it... all he has to do is turn off the traction control...
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Keep those positive reviews coming!
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The Hamster always puts out good stuff! Thanks.
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It is the same with cars. The really great cars tell you within 15ft that they are going to give you a seriously good time and it takes only the same distance to work out the serious duffers.
It happened last week with the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe. Barely had I got out of the drive when a large grin appeared on my face.



I had that feeling when I saw the car at the Chicago Auto Show, and I had a big grin without even having a chance to drive it.
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Applied for tickets for Topgear filming next month. What are the odds of getting any and the 1M being there at the same time?!

Clarkson said in the Topgear mag that the 1M was one of his most anticipated cars of the year. He is sure to love it. In fact not seen a bad review yet (with the exception of PistonHeads).

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Sounds like what everyone else has been saying... which is good!!
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The positive reviews/reactions keep coming in for the 1M and I wonder, we know that the M3 is BMW's "it" car and everyone loves a NA engine but if BMW can do what they did with the 1M in the F30 M3, why would anyone complain? From almost every review, the 1M is very much a M car so I don't see why anyone would complain that the next M3 will be FI if performance is there...
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The positive reviews/reactions keep coming in for the 1M and I wonder, we know that the M3 is BMW's "it" car and everyone loves a NA engine but if BMW can do what they did with the 1M in the F30 M3, why would anyone complain? From almost every review, the 1M is very much a M car so I don't see why anyone would complain that the next M3 will be FI if performance is there...
As much as I like 135i, ordered the 1M, and loved the low down torque of the N54, every time I drive my wife's 125i I still feel that tingle in my spine when I am revving it up high - and that's only the 125i. The responsiveness and the finesse of modulation you can achieve on a NA car is still intoxicating. People don't like to change - just like I still love using my fountain pen.
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