• Aug 9, 2010
BMW 1 Series M Coupe prototype on track – Click above to watch video after the jump

It's cool. We know you've already clicked past the jump and are well into watching one very lucky soul flog the snot out of a prototype of the oft-hyped BMW 1 Series M Coupe around the Ascari race track in Spain. We're not offended. For those of you who are unfortunate enough to have YouTube blocked at your place of employment, allow us to share what you're missing out on. The good people at M-Power somehow managed to secure a spot in the passenger seat of the second-coming of M during a hot lap. We're not talking some pansy parade through the chicanes, either. It's more of a kick the tail out, plop your foot onto the throttle and aim for the next curb sort of shindig.

If you're looking for any details on the car other than just how well it can rivet a smile to you face, odds are you're out of luck. Still, watching the little M blister around the course, we can't wait to get our grubby journo paws on the pint-size coupe. The biggest question in our minds? How is BMW going to keep the M3 sharp enough to stay ahead of its meaner younger sibling?

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      • 4 Years Ago
      "How is BMW going to keep the M3 sharp enough to stay ahead of its meaner younger sibling?"

      If they continue with current 1-Series pricing structure, the new 1 M should only be a few thousand cheaper than an M3, therefore ensuring the M3's success and the 1-Series' too-expensive-I'd-rather-have-a-3-Series formula.
        • 4 Years Ago
        M6 - $102,350
        M5 - $85,700
        M3 - $58,400
        M1 - $??,???
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW should go back to basics with their M cars.
      A simple high revving NA four cylinder, 230-280bhp.
      Six speed manual gearbox.
      Stripped out interior.
      Modest wheels and tyres.
      No bling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. +1, kinda...

        Sadly, with all of the extra safety and emissions hardware (i.e., weight) that's now required, a well-spec'd Camry probably would beat it... at least in a straight line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        if they were looking to compete with camry's and accords then yes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        if you have ever been in a Lotus you will realize that it is not very comfortable and you need to be a certain size to fit the damn thing. The //M are designed as daily drivers that you can take to the track. People want and need the comfortable seats and high tech electronics.
        • 4 Years Ago
        4 cylinders?
        BMW motorcycles now have 6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Something light, minimalist and pure. Aside from lotus, no one makes such a car anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice how far forward he is sitting. I know he is on a race track but d*mn.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You guys might be missing his point. I haven't seen the video, but from the screen capture autoblog posted, it DOES looks like he is sitting too close to the wheel. Yes, even for someone "racing." You're supposed to position your seat such that you can put the heel of your palm at the 10 & 2 o'clock positions with a slight bend in your elbows. Not a 90 degree bend, which is what it looks like in the picture posted. This guy looks like he could slide his seat back about 6 inches to a foot and have an even better driving position.
        • 4 Years Ago
        what, do you drive like you're slick rick? leaning all the way back with one hand out the window and the other on your c**k?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding. I have my seat at about a 90 degree angle and forward enough so my legs are never fully extended. I want as much leverage on the steering wheel and brake pedal so that I can actually drive the car. Driving is a life and death situation, most people don't seem to realize that ... especially the way most of us on autoblog probably treat the act of driving.

        It's said the three top things women look for in a car is visibility, gas mileage, and safety. Those are also the top things any serious race car driver looks for in a car, too. You don't have those things, you not only lose the race, you're liable to lose your life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know..the fool should have gotten his gangster lean on. Put some limo tints on his whip, 22 inch chrome spinners, and blasting his base.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me (or the audio) but the engine sounded kinda strained, and not in the beginning when he was rolling onto the track since it's obvious he wasn't putting the hammer down. I'm talking about exits from some of the corners, it's in development and everything but it sounded slow revving, like it was restricted.

      I did like the slightly metallic raspy sound though, kind of like my old e46 M3 after the intake/exhaust.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two questions -- what's under its hood, and how much does it weigh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep what's it weigh? The only performance problem with the 1 is the weight, both engines had plenty of power, but the car is a little piggie.

        I'd love to see a 1M with the twin turbo 6 and about 600 pounds less '3 series'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To be honest, I can't tell s#*t about the car from that video, and the guy driving seems to have zero talent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chris Harris rode in a 1 series M prototype too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9MKOm_0bXM&playnext=1&videos=kF70LRNGdQo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, you can always overlap higher end models with enough add-ons. That's normal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's a turbo m

      fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another BMW... I seriously cannot understand why there's so much fuss around their cars. In terms of technology, they're industry average. When it comes to design, they're outright ugly. When it comes to driving, well, they needs lots of electronics to make it work for their customers... in other words, to compensate for the rear-wheel drive. Apart from M models, their cars are in no sportier than competition's. And M models are, frankly, ridiculous these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Yet another BMW..."

        Sure, BMW has a prodigious line of automobiles, but choice is good isn't it? I like that they have a car to match nearly every driver's taste and need.

        I was ready to buy a Mazda Miata, but lucked into a reasonably priced M Roadster. What a car. No, it doesn't have the ethereal beauty of an SLK. Yes, it's chock full of electronics that allow me to get the back out at will without causing a pile-up. Yes, its powerful engine and excellent handling put a smile on my face every single day.

        I don't think that BMW is the be-all-end-all of automobiles, but I'm awfully glad to have one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "When it comes to design, they're outright ugly. When it comes to driving, well, they needs lots of electronics to make it work for their customers"

        BMW =/= Nissan
      • 4 Years Ago
      8k rpm?
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