2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. 2011 Porsche Cayman R – Click above to view video after the jump

The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe has been setting hearts on fire across the automotive press since Munich started teasing the car a couple years ago. Now that it has finally arrived, Autocar decided to see if it lived up to its own hype when faced with the lithe 2011 Porsche Cayman R.

We'll save giving away the outcome of the comparison in the video, but suffice it to say the 1M Coupe satisfies expectations. It brings back the raw, visceral driving experience characteristic of the old M cars and is relatively affordable. All things we dig. With that knowledge safely in hand, click past the jump to see how the little M rocket stacks up to the competition.



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      mhclose@mac.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      The base Cayman is priced a few thousand over the M1, this R version is $21k higher ($46k vs 67k). A fairer comparison was obvious, using a vehicle with a 46 percent price premium is simply bad journalism and offers no value.
        vakane
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mhclose@mac.com
        They were comparing the top of the line car vs top of the line... based on specs... not price. if not the 1m should be compared to the entry level hyundai equus.
      Jorge Duran
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see why the two vehicles are being compared, but I would hardly consider the 1M affordable (even "comparatively", unless you're comparing it to an M3). $46K is a lot of buck.
        Hector Djibaou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jorge Duran
        Couldn't agree with you more on that one! It's understandable that it wears an "M" badge, but 46K is hellofalot off $$ for a 300+ RWD car. Then again I'm not surprised because look at how much the TTS and S4 (lowest S class models). They are both at least 1G over the 1M, so ???? I think in this case it's more of the badge than price! Honestly if I had 46K I would fork the extra for the S4 (I need the leg & headroom, lol).
          Georg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hector Djibaou
          can´t understand Audi´s US pricing.. in Germany, Audi and BMW´s home land the TT-S is 5000Euro (~ $7150) cheaper than the M1
          kcroc10077
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hector Djibaou
          It's definitely the badge. Remember BMW didn't design an engine specifically for this car. They used one off the shelf. I'm not doubting the car's abilities. I'm sure it's a blast to drive but it wasn't developed in true "M" spirit and makes wholesale use of the "M' badge.
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      That review was boring, but I think the comparison is worth visiting. Both cars are very capable of head snapping power and G inducing handling. The Cayman is $12K more than the 1M? That might be true, but since the 1M is limited to one year of production BMW dealers are getting ~$10K over sticker for them. So that evens it up pricewise. The Cayman R is stripped down to save weight so what you really get for your money is a track car with no power accessories and a "bare essentials" interior. The 1M inherits BMW's spartan interior, but it is still more than what you get in the Cayman. On the outside the 1M just looks menecing. It is what the M3 should have evolved into. Don't get me wrong, I love the M3, but I'm not a fan of car manufactures making models larger and larger over the years. The Cayman on the other hand looks, well... like a Porsche, although I do love the semi-retro lines and the low profile on this car. So, flip a coin. Faster isn't necessarily better. Both these cars offer more power and performance than most drivers can summons, or care to for that matter. I wouldn't buy either for praticality reasons but if I didn't have to be practical I'd get the 1M for one reason. It just looks more like a "man's" car than the Cayman. BUT, for that kind of coin I'd find a used M3 coupe.
      J. Edwin K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      oooh... I would have a tough time deciding between the two...
      Fobunited
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was a rather boring and undramatic video. With these two cars, I'm disappointed.
      adamdelaveaga@gmail.com
      I find this comparison a bit confusing. The idea of cross-shopping between a Porsche and BMW makes little sense, and this is barely more sensible than comparing the e30 M3 with the 911 Carrera. Shall we compare the E92 M3 with the 911 now?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @adamdelaveaga@gmail.com
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        kcroc10077
        • 3 Years Ago
        @adamdelaveaga@gmail.com
        Different cars/categories of varying price points get cross shopped all the time. For some people its about the car they want not necessarily where it slots into the line up. If for whatever reason the car they "thought" they wanted isn't picked they move on to the next one (which may or may not be a direct competitor).
      Hotsuye
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well if you have almost 20,000 dollars more then sure who wouldn't want a Caymen R. I rather have the Bmw as the daily driver; backseats and less flashy.
      Agent55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, so you didn't tell us anything we couldn't already decipher and somehow made a 4 minute video of two VERY exciting cars, incredibly boring (and even reused a shot or two). High five!
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      They BOTH are overrated. The BMW is just WAY too expensive. I can't believe someone would pay so much for so little car. Amazing. They promised affordable and we got hosed. p.s. - Why is every Porsche owner bald? Anyone else notice this???
        m5nm3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        You sound like a tool. I worked hard for my cars and I don't think they are overrated at all. And yes I've seen plenty of young professionals with porsches, who aren't bald.
        jbserra
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I guess I'm a contradiction to your statement...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      jolz24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche is highly overrated
      dave and mary
      • 3 Years Ago
      One day, in heaven probably, we'll get to have car people who don't have a deep British accent so we can understand them.
        rocketmoose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dave and mary
        As a London-born Brit (without the cockney accent shenanigans), let me tell you that this isn't a particularly thick accent; it's pretty close to received pronunciation compared to many regional accents (like a Geordie accent).
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