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The crowd at Axis of Oversteer managed to get their paws on the first BMW 1 Series M Coupes to be let loose on American soil. What did they do with the car? While we can imagine the vehicle has already suffered through a pile of hole-shot launches and some serious flinging, the AoO gang also took a spell to load the car onto a set of scales to find out what exactly the baby M weights with a full tank. In a world where manufacturers are increasingly pressed to get their vehicles under the 4,000 pound mark, the 1 Series M Coupe managed to slide in at 3,351 pounds.

That's mighty skinny considering that the car packs a 340 horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six under hood. This particular car has a full dance card at the moment. It's headed from New Jersey to Daytona, Florida to serve as the pace car for this weekend's 24 Hours of Daytona. We're guessing that the machine will be right at home among the muscle-bound bruisers going the distance down south.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is exactly what my 2003 (E46) M3 weighed at the last track day. Stock M3, 18" wheels, borla muffler, ~1/2 tank fuel.

      • 4 Years Ago
      yawn. bmw, try. actually try.

      give me a call when it's 3000lbs and lapping the ring faster than the TT-RS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can always count on Zamafir to use double standards for BMW and Audi.

        For some reason, Zamafir expects a BMW 1M Coupe to weigh 3,000 lbs, but it's OK that the TT-S weighs 3,241 lbs. And you have to imagine the U.S spec TT-RS will cost $55-60K and weigh as much or more with a bigger engine, bigger wheels and likely more cooling.

        Zamafir, why the double standard?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I cant wait until someone crams the M3's V8 in there........and it WILL happen.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        This portly little porker is no e30.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its not even a e36 revival.
        • 4 Years Ago
        borrrinnggggg. 2.0T pushed to 270 hp for e30 revival and a few hundred less pounds? awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its a sad day when 3351lbs is considered a "light weight" but it is lighter than I thought it would be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since when is 3000 freaking pounds lightweight?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since we entered the 21st Century, apparently.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was meant as a reply to BSD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty bad value, is all.

      It seems BMW is just getting lazy. They up the boost and give it special badging and call it an M1? Why bother?

      Ill tell you why. People are still gonna buy it, poor suckers. Im sure it wont be a bad car, but for 50k theres sooo many better options. Hell, a track pack v6 mustang could come close to the numbers this thing is gonna put out and cost 30 GRAND less.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 1M Coupe is certainly not cheap, but you're completely oversimplifying the additions to this car. For about $7K more than a comparably equipped 135i, you get:

        -- Aluminum suspension from the M3
        -- Limited slip differential from the M3
        -- Upgraded 19" wheels and tires
        -- Upgraded brakes
        -- Upgraded cooling
        -- More horsepower and torque
        -- Revised bodywork
        -- Interior improvements


        Whether or not that's worth $7K is a question each of us can decide for ourselves, but it's much more than more boost and badging.

        And while we all know the Mustang 5.0 is a performance bargain, no Mustang V6 is going to keep pace with this car. A bone stock Mustang V6 weighs 3,453 lbs. (track pack with bigger wheels and other accessories likely adds 50-100 lbs.) and the torque peak of the V6 is decently high at 4,250 RPM. The version of the N54 in the 1M Coupe offers 100% of its torque from 1,500 to 4,500 RPM so it will pull much harder than the Mustang V6 in a car that weighs 200-250 lbs. less.

        Lastly, a track pack Mustang V6 will sticker just over $30K with basic options, so it's more like $16-17K cheaper than the 1M Coupe, nowhere near $30K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's one fat, fat, fatty of a car with a very bad engine. BMW blew this one. They shoulda put the M3's V8 in it and given drives something fun and exciting not an engine that blow up high pressure fuel pumps.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand BMW's obsession with a 50/50 weight distribution... I prefer cars to be a bit rear biased because they have better traction, stop faster and understeer less...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Huh? a car with a rear weight bias would have tendencies to oversteer, 50/50 distribution gives a more neutral feel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        50/50 weight distrobution sounds great!

        That said, for just shy of $50,000, the car weighs too damned much. I am not that 1Mpressed...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @naggs
        Perfect weight distribution is 110%? lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Holla
        That is total nonsense. 50/50 is not ideal. Perfect is about 61/49 rear heavy for red.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I understand where you are coming from, I prefer what you said. BUT the majority of people who drive cars do not nor would they know how to react in certain situations. Most cars are given understeer for the fact that it is more predictable and easier to "control" for the average Joe.

        I feel that by getting a car to 50/50, you the "track enthusiast" can change and modify the car by moving/replacing what you like.

        As for the weight, thats not terrible. Last time I was at the track my car (96' ti) weighed 2700lb w/ 3/4 tank, no spare, or rear seats and with a boat load less power...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, one thing for sure... BMW has a very successful formula on their hand and it works and works well. So well, in fact, that just about every car manufacturer sets their sight on the 3-series when developing a similar vehicle. Same can be said about other BMW cars as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm saddened that people think 3350 lbs is a light car. A 370Z Nismo can be had for sub-40k, weighs about the same (50lbs less I think), and makes 350 HP (N/A, no turbo needed, less torque, obviously).

      Also, my e46 M3 has the same number of seats, doors, and 7 less HP and only weighs slightly more. You can buy a fairly low miles e46 M3 for less than 20k now. (In fact, I'm selling mine if anyone wants my porker M3).

      I hope they make a CSL version of this 1 series M coupe that weighs less than 3000lbs. And I hope they do in high enough volumes than I can autocross it legally in stock class -- but it won't happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At this rate, I'd rather see BMW abandon the 1-series in favor of a Z4 M coupe CSL - if BMW is going to make a lightweight sports car, how about starting with a pure 2-seat platform?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Slightly more power than a Genesis Coupe 3.8... and 20k more expensive... some suckers will buy anything for a badge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        On paper, the Genesis 3.8 looks like it has nearly as much power as the 1M Coupe, but in real life, they're not as close. The powerband on BMW's N54 and N55 engines is wider than the Amazon. Seriously, maximum torque (332 lb/ft) on the 1M Coupe is maintained from 1,500 to 4,500 RPM. The Genesis has a maximum torque peak of 266 lb/ft at a lofty 4,700 RPM, so it doesn't have the low end to midrange grunt to keep pace.

        While BMW officially says the 1M Coupe has a 0-60 of 4.7 seconds, I believe it will rip off 0-60s in the mid to low 4 second range -- at least a full second faster than the Genesis 3.8 -- and I doubt the Genesis 3.8 chassis and suspension is tuned to keep up with a 1M Coupe.

        The Genesis Coupe 3.8 is a great deal and I think it's a great looking car, but it's not a realistic competitor to the 1M Coupe in terms of raw performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks, but I'd rather have the lighter, simpler (NA rather than turbo) Cayman S 6MT, or maybe PDK.

      I am sure there is a way to tune the boxer to 340+ horsepower without even needing to add boost pressure.

      Not like the rear seats are useful for anyone to sit in anyway.. might as well have two trunks. :D
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