A bratty little barrel-racer of a car, with a spirit that seems to want to bite through the bit, the 1M Coupe is quick, playful, aggressive and laugh-out-loud fun to drive; indeed, it’s as much fun as the law will allow.
Powertrain: Twin-turbo 3.0-liter in-line six cylinder with variable valve timing; six-speed manual
transmission; rear wheel drive with variable differential lock
Horsepower/torque: 335 hp at 5,900 rpm/332 pound-feet at 1,500-4,500 rpm (369 pound-feet at
Length/weight: 172.4 inches/3,362 pounds
Wheelbase: 104.7 inches
EPA fuel economy: 19/26 mpg, city/highway
Cargo capacity: 8 cubic feet
Number imported to North America: less than 1,000
Serene and smooth at low speeds, but with an increasingly impatient growl from the quad exhaust as the revs build, the 1M does several dynamic things particularly well. First, at corner exits, it pulls like hell, like it has deployed some magical torque spinnaker. BMW gives the 0-60 acceleration at 4.7 seconds, but the way this thing gets on the cam in second and third gear will bring a tear to your eye.
Second, it has splendid cornering grip, and the corner-to-corner transitions happen without a lot of heaving, rolling or rebound to unsettle the car or cause you to correct your line. The 1M Coupe has impeccable cornering manners, and the M Sport Seats lock you in driving position.
Third, it trail-brakes like a dream. Turn in to a corner with the brakes on and ease off the binders. The car’s rear end slides gracefully to the outside, the world swivels and now you’re looking at corner exit. Dig in the spurs, up come the revs. Hi-yo, Silbern, away!