Sport Auto Clocks the 1M at the \’Ring

And the time many M enthusiast have been waiting for is… 8:15. Yes that is some seven seconds slower than the current M3 at the ‘Ring. This despite the fact it ‘s faster than the E92 M3 at the Hockenheim (just down the Autobahn). And truthfully we thought it was hit near the 8:13 mark given the torque and the weight advantage is has over any other fast BMW. But in the end the harsh suspension and the lack of top speed hurt the 1M. According to Sport Auto the 1M was specifically hurt by a suspension that was set-up to be harder on the ‘Ring and daily driving yet perfect for a track like Hockenheim.

You can see how it fares against all modern the modern competition after the break.

  • 7:48 BMW M3 GTS
  • 7:50 BMW M3 CSL
  • 7:50 BMW X5 E53 LM (M70 S70B56 engine from a V12 LMR w/700 bhp)
  • 8:05 BMW M3 E92 (DCT)
  • 8:07 BMW Z8 E52 (also listed at a more believable 8:18)
  • 8:09 BMW M6 E63 – 8:09 Audi TT-RS Coupe
  • 8:10 BMW Alpina B6 S E63
  • 8:13 BMW M5 E60
  • 8:14 BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé E92 – 8:15 BMW 1 Series M Coupe – 8:16 Porsche Cayman S (987.5) – 8:20 Audi RS3 Sportback
  • 8:22 BMW M3 E46
  • 8:22 BMW M Coupe E36/8
  • 8:24 BMW X6 M E71
  • 8:26 BMW 335i E92 Coupe
  • 8:28 BMW M5 E39
  • 8:32 BMW Z4 3.0si Coupe E86
  • 8:32 BMW Z4 3.0i Coupe E86
  • 8:32 BMW Z3 M Roadster E36/8
  • 8:34 BMW Z3 3.0i E36/8
  • 8:35 BMW M3 E36
  • 8:35 MINI John Cooper Works R56
  • 8:39 BMW 135i Coupe E82 (hard to believe but this is from Sport Auto)
  • 8:54 BMW X6 xDrive50i E71
  • 8:55 MINI Cooper S Works R53
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  • Victor Aros

    Please, can anybody explain how in earth the new Renault Megane RS Trophoy managed to beat almost all of them with 8:07 ???

  • Brian

    Audi TT-RS taking it to town.

  • sackboy

    Answer to Vic Aros: one word-   BOOST !!      sackboy

  • Tristan

    To vic acrid- its a lot lighter than the beamers and with a good suspension it can be a momentum car. All it needs to do is brake enough to transfer weight keeping most of its speed through the turns.