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E82 1M Coupe (2011 - 2012)
In many ways the spiritual successor to the E30 M3. Powered by a M derivitive of the N54 the inline six makes 340hp and giving the 1M a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.

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Old 07-14-2010, 08:06 AM
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1 Series M Coupe - First on Track Review - Is it M Worthy?

CAR's in Spain today and we've scored a first ride in the new BMW 1-series M Coupé. It's the much-anticipated 'M1' version of the 1-series, albeit badged more sensitively so as not to upset fans of BMW's original 1970s supercar.

The 1-series M Coupé arrives in June 2011 so we're riding onboard a year ahead of UK launch. It looks squat and purposeful, the track stretched out the same width as the E92 M3 coupé's with flared arches at each corner. Turns out the suspension is essentially lifted from the big daddy M3, with fixed dampers. Sounds promising.

What's the engine in the 1-series M Coupé?
A shroud of secrecy hides many of the facts about BMW's new pocket rocket. But we continue to probe the car's minders and driver Frank Isenberg and uncover a fair amount of detail as we lap the Ascari race circuit.

The engine will be the same as the 135i's – right down to the twin turbos. However, an engine remap and extra boost send power spiraling to around 350bhp. All that grunt in a small coupé body shell is contained by a limited slip diff and sticky 245/35 ZR19 and 265/35 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.

How does it feel on track?
The highly strung, bi-turbo engine sounds very obviously forced induction, with a whooshing rush of air dominating the soundtrack as the revs wind out. The yellow rev limit area starts at 7000rpm, slipping into the red by 7500rpm. We spend most of our time hovering around the red; it sounds exciting, with a light pop when the driver backs off.

Front-end grip feels very strong, but from where I'm sitting the rear feels agile enough if less willing to play than the uber-coaxable M3. It's obviously difficult to say from the passenger seat, but my overall impression is of a clean, tidy, nimble handler.

Our driver, who's the project manager and been working on the 1-series M for a year, says the manual shift suits the car. The 135i doesn't have BMW's twin-clutch DCT 'box and as far as we can make out, nor will the M 1-series.

The brakes, which are drilled and swollen from the 135i's anchors stop us firmly from high speeds, though they grumble in protest during some deceleration runs. No doubt their stopping power though.

Is the 1-series M Coupé a worthy M car?
The acid question. From our passenger seat, we'd say the 1-series M feels fun and agile. At around £35,000, it'll be conspicuously good value for a Motorsport product, too.

Yet we really need a proper drive of our own to judge this car's merits. Only then will we know if the spiritual link to the four-cylinder E30 M3 is a genuine bloodline or mere marketing spin.

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Source - http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Drives/...t-ride-review/
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I dunno, I think this car's true spiritual successor is the 1970s 2002 Turbo (as it was FI), not the E30 M3.
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This car's the same size, probably wider, than the E46 M3, and probably heavier, so in no way is it an E30 successor. The next gen 1 series though will have some 4 cylinder turbos, so then you might see an M version that's more E30-like.

I think it'll be a popular car either way.
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