BMW 1 Series M Rounds Nürburgring Slower than Audi TT-RS

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You're wondering how fast the new BMW 1 Series M can get around Germany's Nürburgring, right? BMW isn't talking, but some who've witnessed a timed run have an answer. And it's good news for Audi. Read on.


According to several witnesses to a BMW Nürburgring test run, including 1Addicts' Steved, the new 1 Series M coupe turned the hellish green one in 8:12. Among BMW models, such a time places the newest M smack between the E63 M6 at 8:09 and the E60 M5 at 8:13, and dead equal with the Z4 M Coupe. In context of other automakers, it's between the Audi TT-RS at 8:09 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage at 8:13. Looks like the tiniest M is also one second slower than the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX.

Pretty jaunty, sis. Were you were expecting a lap time rivaling, say, the E92 M3 (8:05) or BMW M3 GTS (7:48)? Not quite.

As per the details BMW revealed last week, the 1 Series M moves by way of the company's N54-spec twin-turbo, direct-injected 3.0-liter inline six tuned to 335 hp and 332 lb/ft at 1,500 rpm — with up to 369-lb-ft available once in a while via overboost. That M button on the dash? It only adjusts throttle response, not available power. BMW says it can get from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.

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Jonathan Harper

Bah humbug.

I think it can do better.

This all seems quite unofficial.