When BMW finally revealed just all that there is to love about the 1M Coupe, plenty of onlookers immediately began debating whether or not they'd lay claim to the baby M or the legendary M3 if it were their cash on the line. We're still not entirely sure where we'd put our hardly earned money if it came right down to it, and the video after the jump doesn't make the decision any easier. In it, a professional race driver takes to the helm of the newest addition to the M stable in an attempt to keep pace with an experienced M3 CSL driver around the infamous Nurburgring.

How's that for a match made in Germany?

The two BMW heathens fight their way through traffic and generally have a good go at one another. Officially, the M3 CSL carries a 'Ring time of 7:50 while the 1M Coupe can do the deed in 8:15, though in this case, the driver of the smaller M says he thinks he can break eight minutes in his steed with a little practice. Hit the jump to check it out for yourself.



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      exm3racer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Entertaining video, but not a fair comparison. Driver is everything. 1M driver is a pro as was mentioned and drives like one. The M3 driver appears to lack confidence and IMO has a faster car than his skills or experience on this track. 1) no trail braking 2) late to get on throttle 3) lots of late apexes; just little indications he is not maximizing the car. The CSL definitely has more legs than the 1M, and I'm betting all things being equal in this configuration much more lateral grip. Looks like ~8:15 BTG in the 1M per the video. Really good for lots of traffic and a yellow.
        exm3racer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @exm3racer
        Forgot to add disclosure "I'm a little biased because I love M3's and think the CSL is the *hit, so take the following with a grain of salt."
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @exm3racer
        Thats how I saw it too.
        speedoften
        • 3 Years Ago
        @exm3racer
        This was originally posted on 1addicts IIRC, the driver of the 1M had significantly less experience on the ring compared to the CSL driver.
          Jordan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @speedoften
          If i remember correctly the M3 driver had 1000 laps, the 1M driver had 80 laps. The 1M was a racing driver and said he adapts well to tracks. Just because the M3 driver has 1000 laps, doesn't mean he was driving those 1000 laps well. exm3racer is correct in his observations about the mistakes of the M3 driver.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how many drivers get scraped off the pavement each week there, that folks is some dangerous stuff. I'm going to keep my day job.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      JPMC
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Zach Bowman, You do realize that the CSL is far from stock right? How does this not make the decision easier? The 1M is keeping up with a modded CSL, thats impressive. This is on same thread where this was found on 1addicts. The M3 CSL has: Rollcage pilots sport cups on 18 inch wheels Better coil over suspension Big brakes race seats and harness Titan exhaust with race cats
        Kris Dimitroff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JPMC
        The CSL is faster. Just the driver sucks. Stock CSL makes the Nordschleife in 7:50.00 just 2 seconds slower than E92 M3 GTS. I couldn't find 1M official time, but I'm sure it's a lot slower. Stock E92 M3 makes it in 8:05.00 and 135i Coupe in 8:39.20 so the 1M is somewhere in between closer to 8:05, but far from 7:50. Reference: http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/nordschleife.html
      OhReallyDough
      • 3 Years Ago
      The M3 has been my dream car forever and i was really hoping that would extend to the 1M but I just cant get over the body style of the 1 Series. It just looks a little "stunted" to me. Like they took a 4 door 3 Series and squashed it. The curves & lines just arent in the right places for me. Which is curious because im actually a fan of the Bangle design(s). With that said i do LOVE what they put under the hood and wouldnt pass one up if it was given to me.This video had my mouth watering..im just wishin Audi would stop d*ckin around with bringing the S/RS3 to the US so we can have some more good choices in the "entry level street race car segment"
      iwantmyshoeback7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looked like the 1M was just a little bit quicker. I'm still waiting for a decent ring time for it though.
      SmoothMarx
      • 3 Years Ago
      ooff! It did NOT look good on BMW when that Porsche just blew past them....
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SmoothMarx
        How is it embarassing that a vehicle with far more horsepower blew by them on a straight? That was a 911 of the turbocharged variety.... I guess you've never been on track.
      TJ Wenger
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would take the 1M over the M3 anyday. I just think its a great little car, and probably a lot more fun to throw around. That's just my two cents.
        AE86
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TJ Wenger
        I would take the M3 anyday... more space inside. Better engine and it makes better sounds.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a feeling the 1M is going to have wicked resale value, purely due to low production #s.
      Philip Gray
      • 3 Years Ago
      If he is a professional maybe I should look into taking up my old hobby.
      Young Oh
      • 3 Years Ago
      what about the porsche that was walking away from both m cars? Maybe an Ruf RGT?
      • 3 Years Ago
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