• Jun 18, 2011
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The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe has finally taken a timed spin around the Nürburgring, and the results aren't bad. According to Sportauto, the rear-wheel-drive, 335-horsepower compact two-door ran an 8:15, putting it slightly ahead of the Audi TT RS and the Audi RS 3 Sportback. (Both Audis share the same 340-hp 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder and all-wheel drive.) More impressively, the newest addition to the M Family beat a 320-horsepower rear-wheel drive Porsche Cayman S by two seconds and left the 300-horsepower BMW 335i coupe eating its dust a full eleven seconds later.

According to the publication, the 1 Series M Coupe could have done better. It wasn't wearing sticky racing compound tires and the suspension was a bit too firm - a compliant suspension improves traction on bumpy circuits. In other tests of the new M Coupe, Sportauto clocked a 0-100 kph (62 mph) time of 4.7 seconds and a sprint to 200 kph (124 mph) in just 17.2 seconds. Okay Audi and Porsche... your turn.


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      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really makes the Cobalt SS look good, with its 8.22 ring time. Or makes Ring times pointless?
        Rico Suave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        Ring times are pretty pointless as local roads and highways are nowhere near identical.
      from401
      • 3 Years Ago
      damn thats quick
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Amril
        • 3 Years Ago
        you just ruined this car for me
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        Excellent! But maybe that's good to be confused with (or blend in with) a run-of-the-mill coed's car
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      overtime a new cars time comes out i am more and more impressed with the Cobalt SS. it s time was 8:22. thats far more impressive than this monster. Im sure the BMW is a far far getter car and all but performance wise i(at least as far as numbers go0 the cobalt ss blows me away
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        again.,... factory laptime vs independent test... pointless to compare
      mojonaut
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's quite disappointing when you consider a front-wheel drive Renault Mégane RS Trophy lapped the 'Ring in 8:07.79. It's got 265 hp.
        desf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mojonaut
        Yep, as for more powerful, RWD car that wears an M badge this time is rather disappointing compared to just reanult.
          Eric
          • 3 Years Ago
          @desf
          You can argue that, or you can applaud RenaultSport's efforts in making the Megane RS 265 extremely quick and agile for a FWD car. Still, I'd expect more from the 1M Coupe, as with many others here I'm sure.
      akos83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hehe...Renault Megane RS :))))http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2011/06/renault-sets-new-nurburgring-lap-record.html
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @akos83
        factory calim vs independnet tested laptime... pointless compare
      Mark C
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worth noting that a comparably optioned Cayman S is about 50% more expensive than the 1-M
      • 3 Years Ago
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        HorsePower
        • 3 Years Ago
        2011 STi Sedan posted a laptime of 7:55. So not quite!
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        CTS-V factory claim Audi RS4 7:58min factory laptime driven by Fank Stippler fromer DTM race driver Porsche Panamera Turbo 7:56min driven by Walter Roehrl with 3engineers onboard not to talk about Panamera Turbo with factory power kit or Panamera Turbo S which was lately tested on the Sachsenring were it nearly beat the GTR... 1:37.43min Panamera Turbo factory kit 1:37.36min Nissan GTR
      Tony
      • 3 Years Ago
      So a front wheel drive, french hatchback with less horsepower is faster than a M-Powered BMW around the ring. Lovely. What's next? A Ferrari stationwagon? Pardon me while I book my flight out of bizzaroland.
      rty
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi is better, TT RS did it in 8:09.00.
      bobhorn85
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see what the Mustang Boss 302 does there!
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