• Dec 13, 2010
2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

With 335 horsepower underhood and a 0-60 time pegged at 4.7 seconds, there's no doubt that BMW's hot new 1 Series M Coupe is a sprightly little monster. But just how fast is it? For that we'll want to look at its Nürburgring lap times for some guidance.

As with any performance Bimmer, the 1 Series M Coupe underwent much of its development and fine-tuning on the Norschleife, and sources indicate an impressive lap time of 8:12. That the current E92-generation M3, with its high-revving V8 engine and 8:05 lap time, makes better time around the Nordschleife than the 1 Series M Coupe should come as no surprise – Despite being smaller and lighter, BMW wouldn't have allowed the 1 M to overtake its costlier brother.

What's more indicative, however, is that – on the more level six-pot playing field – the 1 Series M Coupe is reportedly quicker around the 'Ring than the previous-generation M3's 8:22 lap time. (The track-focused CSL version is significantly swifter at 7:50, its successor the M3 GTS that much more so at 7:48, but with more hardcore versions of the 1 Series M Coupe potentially in the pipeline, all bets are off.)

The new 1 Series M Coupe is also apparently quicker around the Ring than the outgoing M5 – that supercar of four-door sedans – with its award-winning V10 engine, proving that agility will pip power on anything but a straight line any day.


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[Source: BimmerFile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      whats the projected price tag on this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Starting at $45,000.00
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet, I still take a low mileage E46 M3 or a new 370z NISMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The NISMO 370Z is a mixed bag. I'm pretty confident that the 370Z Sport can match the 1M's 8:12, though. The old 350Z did ~8:30-:35 if I recall correctly, and the regular 370Z is significantly stiffer.

        The NISMO is slower dragging, and it's quite a bit more jittery/loose over bumps so it's more difficult to drive quickly. It's aero is good for increased downforce, though.

        Of course, this is all for naught unless you have a warranty risking oil cooler installed and use ester-additive oil in your Z.

        I wouldn't mind seeing the Mustang 5.0 in this fight, either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Nissan over a BMW ?!?!?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 370Z NISMO is slower than the normal 370Z on track. Its all show, no go. Turrible car.

        With a chip alone, I bet the 1M's Nurburgring lap would be 10 seconds quicker. The Nurburgring is such a power-oriented track. (That's why the CTS-V is faster still than any of the M cars with a 7:59 lap)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I haven't been keeping up with the comments lately, but I'm expecting lots of "I'll take a 5.0".

      Anywho, having driven a 135i M-Sport, if they've quickened up the steering and taken the refinement down a few notches, this should be quite a hoot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that 5.0 is the V-10 in the E60, yeah, I'd like that better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait to read Car & Drivers bimmergasm that they are going to have when they get their hands on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I will wait for a nice used one in 5 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd never buy something like this used. People flog the crap out of cars like this, and then dump them before the suspension is completely wrecked, the $1000 brakes need to be replaced, the wheel bearings give out, and the turbo blows a seal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        5 Years? Heck no, wait a year til some rich guy trades his leased one back in. Then just have it inspected and logged to check what kind of mischief he exactly did with it. I'm almost certain you'll be able to pick it up for somewhere in the low to mid 30s. Gotta love depreciation :-).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this 1M looks absolutely stunning ! The only thing lacking is the performance. The 135 motorsport is almost as fast and probably a million times cheaper to run. They should put the 2 litre diesel engine into the 1m.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The brakes on the 135i have 6 piston calipers sourced, apparently, from Brembo. The 1M has the single piston calipers from the M3. This sounds like a downgrade, but realize that the M3's brakes come with a big upside: larger (diameter and thickness) brake rotors.

      Fronts
      135i has 338 x 26 mm vented rotors.
      1M has 360 x 30 mm vented and perforated rotors.

      Rears
      135i has 324 x 22 mm vented rotors.
      1M has 350 x 24 mm vented and perforated rotors.

      If what I've read on the forums is true, the M3's stock brakes are adequate for light track use as is and can be made track ready with pads and a fluid change. And the 1M at 3296 lbs is significantly lighter than an M3 at 3704 lbs.

      On the other hand, 135i is known to not hold up to track use with the stock brakes. See 1addicts.com for examples of the stock caliper's ceramic piston inserts cracking under track use. Also, the 1M will be marginally (77 lbs) lighter than the 135i.

      My guess is that the 1M's braking system will be an upgrade from the 135i in every way except in appearance of the calipers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the 1M going to be BMW's Cayman?

      While the 1 and the 3 are obviously close cousins in terms of shared components, and the Cayman and 911 are not, I do wonder if the smaller brother in each company's lineup is going to get held back so as not to encroach on big brother's times (to speak nothing of the parent company's profit margins, of course).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure seems that way. I've never understood why we coddle the feelings of people who want to buy big things. Heavier = slower, unless it's extra engine displacement. Why do the M3 Dbags need their egos protected?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would it not make sense to create an "ultimate driving machine" instead of holding it back so that M3 could remain the "top of the crop"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "proving that agility will pip power on anything but a straight line any day"

      I don't see how this would be a surprise to anyone but the most foolish people.

      The guys in Corvettes and Mustangs always laugh at my Miata at HDPEs and track events. "Ohhhh it is so slow on the straights" or they will comment on how cute it is. They pass me on the straights but then I am glued to their back bumper by turn 3 after the straight and then blow their doors off as soon as turn 4 or 5.

      Straight line speed isn't everything, and especially not to me. You can color me interested in this 1 Series, especially after some JuiceBox 3 action which would essentially make this as fast as the current M3 on the straights but for far less money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is about the same time as a modestly optioned $75k Cayman S does the ring. With Porsche's rapacious pricing (especially for options that should be standard equipment) it makes for an interesting choice.
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