So I've put in my allocation reservation request and everything looks good for the allocation to be approved. It's still really early in the process so I have time to think this over.
I recently spoke to a wheel manufacturer in the field that has both the M3 and 1M in their company. They contend the 1M edges out the M3 in most performance comparisons. Being an M3 owner, I'm skeptical so I take their evaluation as more of a wash.
The one thing that seemed compelling to me was their insane enthusiasm about how much FUN is the 1M in comparison to it's more linear big brother. This I imagine to be correct. With such a weight difference and a shorter wheelbase, it has to be more fun.
Ultimately, I'm not trying to answer which one is better, just which one is best suited for me.
2011 1 Series M Coupe VO M3 vs 1M Comparo Review
2011 M3 E90 DCT ZCP (sold) * 2010 335i Sedan (sold)
2005 M3 Convertible (sold) * 2003 325i Sedan (sold)