The automotive world is rife with BMW cars strewn all around. Be it the much loved 3 series or even its M variants, there is no letup in the kind of frenzy for BMW cars. But was the BMW M3, the best entry level spruced up car or is there more to it? Well, we have got the answers here with the all new 2011 BMW 1 series M coupe. We managed to get a first drive of this wonderful coupe and ended up beaming after the drive. Here is the first drive account of the same.
Typical BMW looks with an awake eyelid differentiate the new 1 series from its predecessors. The car is small and so are the twin kidney grilles. There are faux air intakes adorning the front bumper. We are being told that they are there to improve the aerodynamics. 245/35ZR19 tires is the tyre configuration with a scintillating combination of alloys to go along with it. The aggressive stance of all the M series cars in BMW’s portfolio can be seen in the 2011 BMW 1 series M coupe. Shark fins just near the front wheel arch are said to improve the cooling. The rear side of this coupe has an integrated spoiler to it with the tail lamps having a chrome garnish inside them. There are 4 tail pipes completing the M profile part of this car.
Cut to the interiors, the car sports a meatier steering wheel than the standard 135i coupe. The front seats have been really pushed all the way back whereas the rear ones are practically useless. The seats are also optional with the standard one being the wafer thin leather one whilst the premium one being a sports bucket type one. Be it whichever edition, the seats are comfortable. There is also reverse parking sensors, powered and heated seats along with Bluetooth phone connectivity. Music is offered by the Harman Kardon system. The boot space is limited and deservedly so. Two is the number of the options package out here.
BMW cars are known to handle well and the 1 M coupe doesn’t seem to deviate far off the line. It has got a rear wheel drive thingy going for it and no 4 wheel drive gimmick here. The steering wheel is slightly harder than the regular 1 series. Like all BMW cars, this one also switches to the electronic setup than the regular hydraulic one. But it still hasn’t lost much of its preciseness, the one that the earlier setup was known for. NVH, even though it’s a M certified car, doesn’t add upto much. Infact the M car is a slightly and by this we mean only slightly more noisier thing than the regular 1 series. Ride quality is typically German stiff but not overtly so, so much so that the occupants would start grimacing and all.
There is a single gasoline engine doing duties in the 2011 BMW 1 series M coupe and it is the all aluminium 3.0 liter one with twin turbos making 335 Hp of power and torque of 332 pound feet. The transmission duty is handled by a 6 speed manual transmission. While the clutch feel was a bit heavy, the gearshifts were perceptibly BMW smooth. BMW claims official lap times of 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed has been also pegged at 155 mph. Brakes are first rate with carbon fibre composites and the rest assorted electronics. Safety is the same as the 1 series coupe and there is no big difference between them in this aspect. EPA fuel economy figures rank the 1 series M coupe at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Good figures for a performance oriented car. The 2011 BMW 1 series M coupe price starts from $46,135 and loading it up with options takes it to $58k. That’s whole lot of money, but then you get a car which is suited both for the race track as also for daily use.