Bloomberg reviews the all-new 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe and as expected by now, the new “baby-M” receives a positive review. Let’s have a look…
“The performance-tuning division, M, has a long history of modifying already-fast Bimmers. No wonder the 1 Series is suddenly jacked up with Schwarzenegger swagger.
The arches around the wheels bulge, like Arnold-worthy deltoids, to better accommodate the 19-inch wheels and wider stance. The front has sprouted a low-hanging fascia with three air intakes, located below the double grill, evoking a set of six-pack abs.
The most famous M vehicle is the M3, the amplified variation of the 3 Series coupe and sedan. The original M3 was a 1988 model with 192 horsepower and a curb weight of less than 2,900 pounds. Only 4,000 were made. Talk about a sought-after car. But like most modern vehicles, the M3 has become larger and heavier over the generations.
BMW calls the 1M the “spiritual successor” to that sprightly, first-generation M3. Though longer, taller and wider, the 1M looks roughly the same size if you tilt your head and squint. It weighs around 3,300 pounds, ensuring a nimble attitude around corners, and 60 mph arrives in 4.7 seconds. That’s the same time as the current V-8-powered M3, which has 414 hp.”