You Know You Want To: BMW 1 M


Just enjoyed a quick cuppa and a few Oreos and considered what car I would like to run if I only had access to a single everyday machine for the next 12 months. And by some margin it was a BMW 1M.

Continued desirability = solid values
Continued desirability = solid values
This is surprising, because I conducted the same piece of research in my head about a year ago, and reached the same conclusion. Has there not been another sporting car I’d rather own and live with released in the past year? Not the 991, and not a Boxster – simply because I need back seats.

And what about the impending 1 M residual doom predicted by many people? Yep, they got it wrong.

There aren’t many 1 Ms for sale right now. Just 450 came to the UK, and you’d have to suppose that the lucky few who own them are enjoying the experience. (Just look at the packs of them that turn up at any Sunday Service - Ed.) Every time I drove one last year, I thought it was the most interesting package, partly because it didn’t conform to the normal M behaviour.

Drives like a weapon, looks like it in black
Drives like a weapon, looks like it in black
In being turbocharged it had masses of low-effort performance and half-decent fuel economy. On-boost it was a complete animal and, with the systems switched off, it was plain spiteful. In other words it was the antidote to modern, anyone-can-drive-it performance, but it was still technically very capable. Crazy fast too. I wouldn’t want to try and stay with one in an M3. I suspect the little brother might embarrass big bro.

There was just one frustration with the cars that I drove: they were all that burnt orange colour. I think they look better in the other two choices: black or white. And that leads me to another reason for wanting a 1 M. It’s infantile and pathetic, but I just think they look superb. Especially in black.

A new M135i arrives tomorrow for a week’s loan. I’m already excited by what it might offer, but the 1 M just looks so much better.


BMW 1 SERIES M COUPE
Price: 
£41,500
Why you should: It’s a 1 M. It’s black.
Why you shouldn’t: Um, nope, can’t think of anything

See the original ad here.

 

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  • cerb4.5lee 20 Nov 2012

    PKZ4M said:
    Had first "proper" cross country drive today on dry roads...... What a great car the 1M is...... Awesome piece of kit.

    it might not sound quite as good as my old Z4M, but boy does it go..... so much torque always available. Really quick car!

    Handles great too, and the gear change is also excellent.

    I love it!
    Pleased your enjoying it, I really like the 1M I bet it feels a lot faster than the zed with it being turbocharged, there is one thing though the 1M wouldn't have to try hard to have a better gearbox than the Z4M the gearbox isn't one of the zed's strongest suits!

    Have fun thumbup

  • PKZ4M 20 Nov 2012

    Had first "proper" cross country drive today on dry roads...... What a great car the 1M is...... Awesome piece of kit.

    it might not sound quite as good as my old Z4M, but boy does it go..... so much torque always available. Really quick car!

    Handles great too, and the gear change is also excellent.

    I love it!


  • V8A*ndy 07 Nov 2012

    PKZ4M said:
    V8A*ndy said:
    Ok though maybe you lived over here.

    That would be another 1M in the club.
    Just seen that you're in NI...... I've been to a few track days at Kirkistown.... Really enjoyed it there.
    Yeah i'm not far from there. Kirky is a fast track. They have done loads of work recently pit bays and everything.

    Always a good day out apart from the wind.

  • PKZ4M 07 Nov 2012

    V8A*ndy said:
    Ok though maybe you lived over here.

    That would be another 1M in the club.
    Just seen that you're in NI...... I've been to a few track days at Kirkistown.... Really enjoyed it there.

  • PKZ4M 07 Nov 2012

    V8A*ndy said:
    Ok though maybe you lived over here.

    That would be another 1M in the club.
    If "over here" is England, then count me in, as my 1M is kept there and I'm back 4/5 times a month..... Btw what is the club?

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