BF Poll: The 1M vs the M3

To be honest, this is a very personal question I ‘ve been wrestling with for over a year. From the moment my purchase of a low mileage Alpine White E46 M3 with the competition package fell through (the owner had second thoughts of selling it) I ‘ve been consistently telling myself to patiently wait for the 1M. Knowing the people behind the car and knowing Dr. Segler ‘s history at MINI (and notably his involvement in the GP) I had a hunch it would be something special for both what it is and what it ‘s not. The notion of being unique because of the simplicity of it ‘s offering and dedication of purpose appeals to me more than a mass market type of car such as the M3 (in either of the latest generations). Mass market not in the strictest since but certainly more so than the manual only 1M.

But then there ‘s the S54 under the hood of the E46 M3 and my mind goes fuzzy again. So I ‘m bringing this question to all of you. We want opinions. Whether they be clicks or an elaborate thesis in the comment section.

Which would you rather have?

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  • Buttons don’t seem to work right for voting, but given your options I would think the 1M would be the most fun.

    More more is fun for a little bit, but I prefer a slower car you can drive fast instead of a fast car you have to drive slow. I also love the 1M fender flairs.

  • Barry

    I would love to own a V8 M3 one day but the 1M has really got my heart.

  • JonPD

    The concept behind the 1M is great and I do believe in many ways its equivalent to the MINI GP type of building concept. I have to be honest though that while I love all three of these cars I would choose the E92 as the driving dynamics are great and the sound is the best thing I’ve heard ever coming from a M3.

    Each car though has so much going for it and I don’t think there is a wrong choice here.

  • Dylan

    I think Jon’s comment “there isn’t a wrong choice” here is on the money. You’ll enjoy all of those cars, the trick will be to commit fully upon purchase and don’t look back!

    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’d choose the 1M purely because it will be unique ownership experience from new. If you change your mind – well it in 24 months…get most of your money back, buy a user E46/E92 – they’ll still be around.

  • Dylan

    well = sell !

  • lava

    Did I read “mass market” and “M3” in the same sentence in a subject/adjective relationship? Please, don’t loose perspective.

  • Chris

    Alpine White E92 no sunroof and a manual would be my pick

  • Adam

    The comp pack E46 will always be in my heart it after all is the reason why I fell in love with BMW, but there are so many E46’s out there and most of the uniquenes is gone. There are way fewer E92’s on the road, and when all is said and done there will be even fewer 1M’s. Not to mention any new gen M car won’t need a mandatory $3000 valve adjustment every 30,000 miles.

  • Hector M,

    The M1 is the car we have been waiting for. The car we asked BMW to build and now is here. Lets keep the dream alive and lets buy the M1.

  • Bob

    Seriously. Mass market?

  • CCBiggs

    I’d go with a fourth option: a fully loaded 135i (best price for performance).

  • 03Beastcharmer

    A say E92, but if you are throwing out the E46 M3, what about the M Coupe? Same engine, smaller package, bigger smiles 😀

  • Good point with the Z4 M but this was set-up as a four seat comparison. But you cannot go wrong if you don’t need the extra room.

  • goat

    Late chiming in here but here goes: e46m is the best looking of the bunch, and certainly a collectible, but in Canada I have only seen SMG versions which entirely rules out that car in my book at least.

    Thus, if it were me I would nab an e92m while you still can and this for one reason more than all others – the high-revving v8. And I would take mine in the e90 version, which is a rare and lovely machine…

  • duk

    pole doesn’t work for me

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