Inside Line: \”1M is a Fantastically Compelling Machine\”


The latest in the line of press outlets to drive the 1M at the Euro launch is Inside Line. The Edmunds website comes away seemingly awestruck by the real-world sped and handling. But let ‘s let them tell it themselves. Here ‘s an excerpt:

Let ‘s not extend the suspense any longer. The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe is a fantastically compelling machine. It is fast — faster in real-world terms than the M3 on most roads. It has a truly brawny engine that sounds great at wide-open throttle, handles with all the precision expected of a car wearing the evocative M badge, and is super practical given its performance brief.

And, to our eyes at least, the BMW 1M looks great — even in the garish metallic orange paint scheme BMW has chosen for launch cars.

But here ‘s the money quote and the one that many old-school BMW fans have been waiting for:

With such a troubled birth, the big question is whether the new car can live up to the high standards of the original E30 M3, a car BMW suggests is the spiritual ancestor to the 1 Series M Coupe. If first impressions are anything to go by, the answer is an unequivocal yes.

You can read the entire review here. Look for our own review next week.

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  • JonPD

    Wonder if ///M is noticing the rather large volume of positive reviews this car has been getting. Makes me wonder if they realize that the M3 has outgrown its roots and isolated a lot of people over the years.

  • Anonymous

    They clearly missed the mark in making the 135 the new 2002. But, that was just marketing and not a design/engineering target. When the engineers target something like a modern E30 M3 they certainly are capable of hitting the mark. Kudos to BMW for actually turning the engineers lose to create a car everyone wants.

  • Dylan Bland

    Great review. Also excited to hear Bimmerfile review coming next week – the one we’ve been waiting for!