Originally Posted by pbonsalb
It is a different power curve, but not necessarily any more or less fun. At least one recent magazine test showed the 1M to be about equal to 60 and the quarter mile (110 mph) as the M3. More torque, same suspension and brakes but less weight -- the 1M has quite a bit of appeal. On a daily driver basis, the 1M's power is more accessible -- no need to wait until you are up around 6000 rpm where the M3 feels fast. I like my E90 M3 as a comfortable cruiser, but it is no rocket ship. You really have to work it hard to make it go fast.
Downshifting to 3.5 to 4k is making it work hard? I don't get it. You really do not need to be at 6k to have fun; that is flat out racing. The only reason it feels faster is because the power delivery is so linear. It is still a decent size displacement v8 with appropriate gearing.
I have no issue with the 1m's delivery...had two turbos before the m3. I just don't get the people that think you have to work when the car has about 5k rpms of flat torque.