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1 Series M Coupe
2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
BMW
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43,000 CR
Model year: 2011
Performance Index: B 487
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
SPEED
6.5
HANDLING
5.1
ACCELERATION
7.2
LAUNCH
7.3
BRAKING
5.0
Advanced Performance
Power: 335 HP (249 kW)
Torque: 332 lb ft (450 N·m)
Weight: 3296 lbs (1495 Kg)
Front: 52%
Displ: 3.0 L
Power/weight: 224 HP per ton

167 kW per ton


With the 1 Series M Coupe, BMW’s M-Division has returned to its roots in a sense, channeling both the 2002 Turbo of the 1970s and the original M3 of the late 1980s into a small car that is, first and foremost, a driver’s car. It’s loud, stiff, and track-focused—this isn’t your aunt’s BMW, that’s for sure. Unless your aunt is a drag racer—the 3-liter inline six is enhanced with twin turbochargers to produce a total of 335 horsepower and 332 ft-lbs. of torque, which sends the Coupe skedaddling to 100 mph in just a bit over 11 seconds. That’s incredible performance for a car that’s supposed to slot under the M3, and it seems that it would only take a tweak or two to create a car that would easily outpace that superlative car. It’s also not for the faint of heart, as the track day focus of the car means that drivers caught out doing something naughty mid-turn might find themselves correcting for oversteer, not understeer—something that is intentionally built-in to the car to allow it to be taken to the limits. Respect the 1 Series M Coupe and it will reward you with one of the most entertaining and pure sportscar experiences from BMW in a couple decades.

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