2011 BMW 1M Coupe
It's often said that some things in life are inevitable like death and taxes. But good news for car buffs, that also includes BMW launching a high-performance M version of every vehicle in their lineup. For 2011, that inevitability falls to the new 1M, an uber-fast version of the compact M Series Coupe.
So what makes this 1 an M? Well under its hood, there's the Z4's 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder rated at 335-horsepower. That's 35 more than the 135i. Factory 0 to 60 is 4.7 seconds, or three ticks better than our 135i test.
Not impressed? Well, BMW claims the 1M's chassis is faster than its engine. Translated, that means a strengthened platform with lightweight aluminum suspension components, brakes, limited slip rear diff, and wheels, all borrowed from the M3. And, it's almost 3 inch wider front track and three intake front fascia give it that hyper-aggressive M car look.
But nothing says fast like, well, going fast! MotorWeek test driver Jim Frank hit the track at New York's Monticello Motor Club and found this 1-Series earns its M creditials.
"The inline-6 has a very wide linear power curve allowing you to leave the car in essentially one gear over broad speed runs, so driving a course like this south course we're all in 3rd gear the entire way and the car pulls very well at low RPMs of 2000 but the whole way up to the redline of 65, with 335 horsepower there's ample power to pull yourself through these corners." – Jim Frank
This kind of fun takes money however, and in the case of the 2011 1M, $47,000 to start for one of only 800 compact coupes that will make it to the U.S.
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder
Price: Starting at $47,000