The fine folks at had a chance to snap some pics of the 1M at a Uk photo studio late last week and glean a little info from its handlers. The big nugget for is the Nurburgring time that sources are quoting: 8:12. That ‘s 7 seconds slower than the E92 M3 but a full 10 seconds faster than the E46 M3. But how does it compare to the larger BMW family?

– 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
– 8:09 BMW M6 E63
– 8:10 BMW Alpina B6 S E63
– 8:12 BMW 1M
– 8:13 BMW M5 E60
– 8:14 BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé E92
– 8:22 BMW M3 E46
– 8:22 BMW M Coupe E36/8

It ‘s somewhat surprising to see that the 1M isn ‘t even faster given the torque available on this iteration of the N54. M engineers had whispered times close to the E92 M3 earlier in the year. Perhaps they ‘re being a bit conservative given the price difference (the 1M is rumored to start around 45k). Or perhaps not. Either way we ‘ll find out as soon as the German magazine Auto Sport (where the other times come from) gets their hands on one.

You can see more times at our Lord of the ‘Ring story here.

And go check out Skiddmark for more 1M photos here.