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      06-15-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
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Motortrend takes on a direct comparison of the BMW 1M coupe and 2011 BMW M3 on the backroads. What's their conclusion? Here are some of their more notable reactions:

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The 1M may pull strongly when its computer allows the torque boost, but while it's figuring that out, the M3 simply revs. And how it revs! This exhaust note should be weaponized; anyone within earshot is rendered a quivering mess.

We meet in the first corner, and I watch as the 1M's rear wiggles along the pavement. Both cars are adept at these speeds, but Lieberman is working harder. The M3 requires little effort; every steering input feels faultless, as if you aren't controlling the car by a wheel but instead willing it along a preordained path.
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When we pull over, Lieberman is stupefied about the 1M's torque supply, asking, "370 pound-feet? On what planet? This feels like so much more."
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Nevertheless, the functional changes work excellently. The shift knob fits my palm agreeably and returns neat and tidy throws (Lieberman, for the record, expresses wanton distaste for the feel of the stick as well as all BMW manuals), while the gray-faced gauges clearly indicate redline. The clutch feel is the best of any BMW currently available.

The 1M's steering feels distinctly quicker and lighter, and while entertaining, it's a tick less communicative than the M3's telepathy.
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The 1M's wide torque delivery means a smoother commute during the daily grind, but the M3's race motor characteristics make it feel special. This special sensation is what the 1M most lacks, but that's not to say it disappoints. It is perhaps one of the most entertaining cars since the Z3-based M Coupe: light, involving, and bonkers quick.

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The 1M signals a return to driving-focused enjoyment, not to mention it's as fast as the M3 and costs way less.

But is it better? Lieberman and I agree: No. This big, heavy, and expensive M3, with its unflappable confidence and lascivious powertrain, is the car we want, the car we'll remember as the best of the naturally aspirated Ms. It's the one we'll tell young gearheads about in a few decades with the same fondness and reverence as given its E30 ancestor. The 1M doesn't measure up to the M3's standard. Few cars do.
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      06-15-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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The 1M signals a return to driving-focused enjoyment, not to mention it's as fast as the M3 and costs way less.

But is it better? Lieberman and I agree: No. This big, heavy, and expensive M3, with its unflappable confidence and lascivious powertrain, is the car we want, the car we'll remember as the best of the naturally aspirated Ms. It's the one we'll tell young gearheads about in a few decades with the same fondness and reverence as given its E30 ancestor. The 1M doesn't measure up to the M3's standard. Few cars do.
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That video is sooper cheezy btw!
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I think it was a good review (and I have 1M on order).


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      06-15-2011, 02:43 PM   #4
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I think it was a good review (and I have 1M on order).


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I think you are going to enjoy your car. Congrats.
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      06-15-2011, 02:44 PM   #5
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I think it was a good review (and I have 1M on order).


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how much are people getting their 1///m for? msrp? or is it feasable to go under that?
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      06-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #6
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If 1M had the same engine as M3 then 1M would be the better sportscar, thats the conclusion you can read between the lines.
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      06-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #7
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How are they comparing 6MT again DCT?
Stupid...
Terrible and pointless review.
There was no reason comparison there... Just useless opinions

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M3 - still king of the M cars.
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      06-15-2011, 02:56 PM   #9
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M3 FTW! I am glad I could afford to get the last NA M car!
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      06-15-2011, 02:58 PM   #10
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Great review. Much of what I feel between both cars too.
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That was funny... typical banter between drivers of each car - yet respect when they switch!
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      06-15-2011, 02:59 PM   #12
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Liberman is a clown ... the guy cant drive and if anyone remembers him from helping make fast and the furious or running the NIRA drag racing circut back in the 90s they will know what kind of clown he is.

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      06-15-2011, 03:01 PM   #13
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Good, glad the 1M has been put in its place. All has worked out well. lol
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If 1M had the same engine as M3 then 1M would be the better sportscar, thats the conclusion you can read between the lines.
+1. The first thing I thought of after reading/watching the comparison. But with that said, the M3 will continue to be the ///M car to get while the 1M is an excellent alternative for those wanting to experience what an ///M car is with a lower price tag.
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Good, glad the 1M has been put in its place. All has worked out well. lol
EVO had a different opinion in their comparison
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I'm so glad these guys were able to work through their differences and eventually see eye to eye. It was a real nail bitter in the beginning.
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I'm so glad these guys were able to work through their differences and eventually see eye to eye. It was a real nail bitter in the beginning.
how so? i found it annoying. lol

edit: i see what happened here. Youv'e got a 335... See the M3 drivers already know what was going down... So to see everybody else really guess we just like what?
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I agree ... I want to see an actual track comparison with skilled drivers, not this bullshit bantering back and forth. To me that video was worthless.
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Nice review, but oh boy, that video, lol. I was expecting to see "Top gear USA audition Take 1" at the end of it.
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All of the emotions that they expressed over the M3 is the exact reason why I drive one and not a 1M or a C63 or an S5. The M3 is just special. It history and driving characteristics are just legendary. To me, all the other competitors are just "knock offs". Some of them are VERY good knock offs but they will never be the real thing. All of those other cars use the M3 as the benchmark that they are trying to beat because it is the best.
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how so? i found it annoying. lol

edit: i see what happened here. Youv'e got a 335... See the M3 drivers already know what was going down... So to see everybody else really guess we just like what?
i was being sarcastic. I was actually hoping they would crash into each other and be paralyzed for life. Their next video would be them comparing breath controlled wheel chairs.
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