Automobile wrings out the BMW 1 Series M – Click above to watch video after the jump

Jason Cammisa is a talented scribe over at the magazine of automobiles. He's also a passionate fellow, and has chosen to release some of that passion on the topic of an automatic-equipped BMW M3. Why the hostility? There are certainly a number of reasons one could draw upon, but in this instance, it's because Cammisa has the BMW 1 Series M Coupe at his disposal.

Jason and his team decided to take the 1M out for a bit o' the ol' sideways shenanigans, and nearly everything about the resulting video is excellent. We can understand why some folks would opt for a non-stick-shift M3, though we wouldn't do the same ourselves. And if we agreed with automatic M3 shoppers, we'd both be in the wrong.

We're very happy that BMW won't build an 1M with an autobox, and so is Mr. Cammisa. See the full test for yourself, after the jump.



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      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its amazing to me this debate rages on. To each there own. All that matters is the driver likes what they got, auto, dualclutch, manual, etc... no one else's opinion amounts to anything if you are happy with your car. Nuff said.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      The worlds best cars ever.
      Svartorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care if they shift gears in 1/10th of a mouse fart, sporting road cars with automatics will always be for posers and sissies.
        Kuro Houou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Svartorn
        Wow, you just called every F1 driver a powder and sissy. Hmm some how I think all of them are much much much better drivers then you.
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kuro Houou
          Your comment is like saying that programming your electric piano to play Beethoven's 5th is far more impressive than actually playing it yourself on a grand piano.
          rocketmoose
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kuro Houou
          Yeah, that F1 cars are road cars, right? Learn to read what was written. Properly.
          Kuro Houou
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kuro Houou
          Poser not powder, gotta love the spell check auto correct feature haha
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kuro Houou
          Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!! Wrong reply. I meant to reply to Coleworld
        dmaownsyou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Svartorn
        I have a manual Evo and a DCT m3, what does that make me? This argument is so retarded, its like arguing that cars with a tire pressure monitoring system built in are for posers as real men check it manually. Engineers have created a technology that makes their cars go faster, drive better, and more reliable (with a system of safety measures to prevent gear grinding changes, and overheating). There is a reason f1 cars use similar technology.
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LIKE this guy! He's the closest to an American Clarkson I've seen yet. Get this guy on Top Gear USA. In 5 minutes, he has already proven himself more worthy than Adam Ferrara did the entire first season of TG USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        You missed the part where he said he didn't care what you called it, its still an "automatic" too him. I personally would get the dual clutch though, since my knees are toast.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        "The M DCT can shift faster than any human can" So? The Yamaha Fancypants 9000XL Electric Piano sounds more real than any Steinway grand, but I'd still rather have a vintage piano where the G two octaves below middle C sticks if you play it just wrong. Jeez, get a chauffeur, grandma.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
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        rgee01
        • 3 Years Ago
        au·to·mat·ic/ˌôtəˈmatik/ Noun: An automatic machine or device, in particular. Adjective: (of a device or process) Working by itself with little or no direct human control: "an automatic kettle that switches itself off" A computer controls the shifts and has the logic to know when to shift. It is an automatic, no matter the specific implementation. The individual in the video is absolutely correct.
      Need More Lutz 4 GM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lutz' conclusion: Jason Cammisa is a douchebag
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Manuals rule. I started off with driving an automatic car, but now I learned and enjoyed driving manually. The point is very clear, if you bought an M3 without manual transmission then you probably wasted your money.
        The Law
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        Try driving a manual transmission in New York or Los Angeles traffic pal?
          levij
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          I drive a manual in Seattle, and it's fine. I don't even really think about "clutch, gas, clutch, gas" in traffic, it's just second nature.
          m1sweeney1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          13 years and counting... Driving a stick in NY.. You must not be proficient then, or at the least have subpar clutch control, because I'd prefer a stick in traffic... I'd wind up rolling into someone like every other jackass does in their automatics.
          Susan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          People did it for 60 years, no big deal. It's only this generation that does the "it's so much work" business.
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          Apart from driving a manual in heavy traffic being really easy, if you're buying a car just to commute why the hell are you getting an M3? Why do you need a powerful sports car to sit in a traffic jam?
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          ajjones: You miss my point. If you buy an M3, you want to drive for fun. If you buy a car with your primary concern being "what's this going to be like in traffic," then you're not driving it for fun.
          ajjones44
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          Manuals FTW....I have driven them through LA, DC, and now Germany traffic which is the worse. Synthono......why in the hell would I anyone want to sit through traffic in some POS econo box? At a minimum I can roll down the windows, turn of the radio, and listen to the hum of the engine, while sip my coffee. It makes the stress go away :)
      pasigiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me, an MT is all about driver involvement. Control. Hitting a road course or carving a twisty back road is just so much more involved and fun with a manual. I'm not saying the GT-R, Evo MR/SE, Porsches PDK equipped, etc. are not fun and awesome cars, it's just when you drive them, to me, somethings just missing. Tell you what, drive a Lotus Elise/Exige, an RX-8 R3, a Z06, or a GT3, and maybe, just maybe, some will understand what I'm talking about.
        pasigiri
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pasigiri
        Basically, going fast is one thing. But the shear (spell check) joy of driving with the utmost of involvement (driving a manual) means much more to me. Sorry for the double post.
      Compliance
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not only is the DCT fail on an M3, I swear at least half the M3s I see in LA are verts. Ultimate face palm.
        M Power
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Compliance
        I've owned both a Manual and DCT E92. The DCT is a superior driving experience. It is an amazing transmission.
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @M Power
          Just laughing at your "a superior driving experience". You're kidding, right? Nobody *really* talks like that..
          wheezymofo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @M Power
          I bet not having to work that clutch pedal does wonders for your hip replacement, right Grandpa?
        ColeWorld
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Compliance
        how is it a fail? it's much quicker
      mcheddadi
      • 3 Years Ago
      MT 4 EVER.
      goetzcr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Men who use electric starters are p***ies. Hand cranking is so much more engaging. Men who buy cars with hydraulic brakes are p***ies. Mechanical brakes are more engaging. Hand brakes are even better. Blah, blah, blah. Even the hot rod crowd has the "real hot rods have three pedals" arguement while some prefer auto. These are not posers, these are guys who buld their own cars. The only ones that make any sense are the guys who say "it's yours; make what you want, and drive what you want." I'm sure automatic drivers don't have a monopoly on poserhood. Posers also learn how drive stick. It's not some defining quality; everyone used to do it, out of need.
      toxx1c
      • 3 Years Ago
      as much as i'd pick MT over AT, this review was very amateur for a car mag.