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There are few things more satisfying for a younger sibling than besting their older kin. Be it a hard-fought round of Stratego or a bare-knuckle brawl, putting an elder brother or sister in their place can be more satisfying than winning the lottery. In this spirit, German magazine Sport Auto just finished pitting the new 2012 1 Series M Coupe up against BMW's venerable M3. The pair locked horns around Hockenheim in a battle for ultimate supremacy that saw the M3 do the deed in 1:14.2. The M Coupe, meanwhile, managed to lap the track a hair quicker at 1:14.1.

That gave the newcomer to the game the overall win and put it just one tenth of a second behind metal like the Porsche Cayman S on the famous track. Is this conclusive evidence that the 1 Series M Coupe is the better performance buy than the legendary M3? Not necessarily. After all, this is just one comparison with one magazine. Still, the fact that the baby BMW can get within striking distance of its predecessor with two fewer cylinders is a testament to the vehicle's prowess.


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      Primoz
      • 3 Years Ago
      And once again Colin Chapman's saying proved itself. To be faster on the straights, add power. To be faster in the corners, remove weight. Now BMW; do something about that tonne and a half of pure power, strenght and some fat and give us a lightweight 1M!
      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      This 1M car is more akin to the original M3 than the current M3, in weight and look. But in design, they both hold up. Look. .1 seconds isn't a big deal when you look at your watch and count. When you're on a track trying to make the most out of every line, it's monumental that it stays closer. It's down on power. It's got a smarter front end (aero and brake cooling). It's got a pretty engine and shorter wheelbase. Because it keeps getting brought up, I'll humor the thought. The Boss 302 is still cheaper, starting at $41k. The 1M is likely to start around $46k. I don't have the money to spend on either of those cars. But if I'm spending that kind of cash on a car, I'm buying something that was gorgeous in design before a bumper or hood was attached to it. For me, it's all about German performance cars. Personally, I'd take a used Cayman for $35k and spend the difference on a LSD and performance parts. It's gorgeous AND performs.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WatchF1
        Good points.That sort of time difference really is negligible because when you're talking 1 or 2 tenths of a second it's really a drivers race at that point.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even if after several different challenges it is shown that the 1 Series M performs out performs the M3 (the car which I still prefer), I think that's wonderful! For one, the E90/2/3 M3 is the older car and the next M model slated for an update (after maybe the 6 series), so it is not surprising if the newer, lighter car out performed it. Even then, the next gen M3 will most likely "out performs" the 1 Series M mostly due to a power advantage alone. Also, if the 1 Series M really shines better than the M3, that means BMW isn't as strict about their model hierarchy as Porsche is with the Cayman and 911 and instead simply allows the better car to be... well, better.
        Mayoman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I agree, I like the idea that they just went out and made the car about as good as it can be. Porsche should have done that with the Cayman, instead of making the cayman not as good as it could be so it wouldn't be better than the 911, why not make the cayman great, then go and make the 911 better.
          kaisier
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mayoman
          I also enjoy taking Jeremy Clarkson's opinion as gospel and make comments about cars as if i had extensively tested them even though I've never even driven them.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        • 3 Years Ago
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          AnalogJesse
          • 3 Years Ago
          Impulsive, beauty is subjective, moron. I think it's a great looking car.
          Evan McMiller
          • 3 Years Ago
          Are you honestly retarded? Beauty is subjective...and clearly you're in the minority. Honestly, its not worth it but for you to call everyone out because they don't agree with you is insane. Stop before you make a serious fool out of yourself.
        Goahead
        • 3 Years Ago
        Again and again I have to strongly agree that Bimmer is so damn ugly, I commented many times. I am joining your negative votes by the lame O BMW lovers here. They can't admit it how fugly Series 1's are...
        CuriousG
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are a fool if you do not understand that by definition, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For example, I am sure your Dad thought your Mom was beautiful, but I may think she looks like goat rectum. At the end of the day, what I think about your Mom doesn't impact what your Dad thinks about your Mom and vice versa.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks to be the most ugly BMW since the infamous Bangle 7 series.
        seanleeforever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        the 7 series, no matter how much you dislike it, really made a statement. i actually found the 7 series to be extremely futuristic/advanced looking when it came out, and so do most others. Bangle 7 series is the most popular 7 series ever in BMW history. and the bangle influenced design (raised trunk lid) became one of the most successfully model design that many have followed since.
      LilCe003
      • 3 Years Ago
      Impressive but still can't outrun that ugly stick.
        Goahead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LilCe003
        Yes yes yes! That Bimmer is ugly! It doesn't matter if can do 0-60mph in 3 seconds. I don't wanna drive an ugly car!
      JGuan
      • 3 Years Ago
      It beats it in ugliness too. Any not by just a hair.
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, I'm pretty sure there's at least 300 pounds of UGLY in the 1 series that reasonably talented designers and engineers could remove, which would just make the 1 series sooo much better, and would definitely push it ahead of the bigger brother.
        Goahead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @benzaholic
        It's sad that everyone who comments that 1 Series is ugly, they get negative thumbs. So bottom line is that you state a fact, you get negative feedbacks from BMW lovers everywhere! That's retarded...
          th0mb0ne
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Goahead
          Since when is the aesthetics of a car fact? You might think it's ugly, others (myself included) think it's not.....at the end of the day though, those are just opinions. It's no e30, but I like it quite a bit better than the regular 1 series.
      Felspawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      well looks like the Boss 302 can beat both of them around a track then...
        m5nm3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Felspawn
        Except the mustang has a plasticky interior and not nearly the same amount of road feel as any bimmer. Oh yeah and enjoy the axle hop on any uneven road surface and pothole.
          Felspawn
          • 3 Years Ago
          @m5nm3
          1, mustang interior isnt plasticky, 2, BMW interiors are hardly great, 3, Axle hop or not, it'd still lose in a "ROAD race" i'm not even talking about some quartermile. The talk was always been "yeah yeah a mustang is fast in a straight line but it cant turn or break".... well whats your excsuse now...
          itzlikebuttaa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @m5nm3
          @Felspawn Why do people keep bringing up the E30 like it was the end-all great car of BMW's history. I bet you have never driven that car. Also to counter what you said about the X6M, it's unanimous amongst reviewers on how great it is (still a very strange vehicle). @Frisky_Dingo It's surprising that you're a former e46 M3 owner. I've sat in the new Mustang 5.0. Interior was good, but it felt a bit cheap. BMW has soft touch foamy plastics which feel quite nice, but not amazing either. Audi has better materials used, but interior design is dated.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @m5nm3
          @ Felspawn Yes, man. You nailed it. Especially that last post. BMW is almost like the German Honda. Once great makers, but their current products are caricatures of the ones that made them great in the first place. And I agree wholeheartedly about the Mustang. It is so close overall to the package that is the M3, it'd simply boggle most peoples' mind. And that's coming from a prior BMW owner (2 E46 M3's) and someone who used to hate Mustangs. The Mustnags interior is not at all plasticky, and is quite pleasurable to drive at any speed. And the interior is often one of the points I'd criticize most on a BMW. And the 'German' benchmark statement, that's just funny. BMW doesn't have anything on Porsche driving dynamics.
          Felspawn
          • 3 Years Ago
          @m5nm3
          asshat am i? Keep drinking the Koolaid, BMW was the benchmark..... 20 years ago, now they get off making things like the X6 M.... Let that PoS keep your peformance cred alive. BMW today isnt the BMW that made the 2002tii, or the original E30 M3. they are a bunch of sellouts. oh and by the way fun is a very subjective word, no one gives a **** if they are more "fun" for you. and BMW makes boring ugly interiors. there is nothing good about them for that price, not when you can get an Audi instead. At the end of the day the 1 M, or whatever you want to call it, is meant to show the world that BMW is still the company that made that original E30, it failed miserably and will be outrun on a track by a car with a live axle.
          Felspawn
          • 3 Years Ago
          @m5nm3
          @ itzlikebuttaa , i havent owned a E30 (i wish) but i certainly have driven one. Is it the most badass car every relative to all the great stuff you can get today? oh course not but is it amazing relative to its age, in how much of a pioneer it was, how ahead of its game? Absolutetly. its a Large part of what made BMW what it use to be. Regarding the X6, i dont care, while i dont always agree with him i'm 100% with clarkson on the X6, it just doesnt have a point.
          m5nm3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @m5nm3
          you truly are an asshat. 1) bmw interiors are leagues above a mustang interior. 2) I'm not going to be racing anywhere, but if I was on highway in new york and I ran over a pothole, the mustang would experience axle hop and would separate one of my tires on the road. 3) bmws are about fun at any speed. I can feel the road at 30mph and it's fun. It's called feedback, something the mustang can't do as well as a bmw. Point is a subaru sti might be faster than the m3 on the track, but it's nowhere near as fun. Just because it can beat a m3 around the track means nothing to an enthusiast who is having fun and enjoying the connected feel of a bmw. There is a reason bmw is THE benchmark even amongst german cars. No one ever says hey the boss 302 can beat an audi rs4 or c63 amg because it doesn't matter. I'd have either the audi or benz over a mustang anyday. Have fun speeding past me as I won't care. I'll be too busy enjoying my car.
      bchreng
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad it has something to show for all that ugliness BMW piled onto it.
        Goahead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bchreng
        Yup I strongly agree with you. 1 Series is one of the ugliest BMW ever made. Compared to my G37S Coupe, I don't really care how fast it is. It's so ugly... It fell from an ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down...
          Goahead
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Goahead
          Amco Autoglass.com? I rest my case...
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Goahead
          Your G37 is far from pretty, and it is actually a step backwards as far as performance goes compared to the first gen G35 coupe.
          Norm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Goahead
          Thanks guys for schooling this dude. If I owned an overweight coupe that looked like a lowly altima coupe, only worse, I would keep my mouth shut about any car's looks. I especially wouldnt talk about one that soundly crushes the g37 without breaking a sweat. We know youre sensitive gohead. You wasted good money on a coupe with zero going for it and youre likely embarrassed because it's slow, the engine sounds like crap and vibrates like a pushrod, and it comes from a classless no-name company with the ugliest cars on the road.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        jvshenderson
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm guessing the M3 is still waaay faster around the ring. It has a big horsepower advantage for all those high speed sections...
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jvshenderson
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      ravenosa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Different strokes/different folks. I find this to be the only interesting looking BMW I've seen in a long time. Funky, quirky and it looks ready to pounce...
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