BMW 1M | Rise & Drive


For a car that wasn't short of its detractors when new, the BMW 1M has reached near-reverential status nowadays. Its combination of thuggish styling, limited UK production run, dynamic edge and boisterous character ensured that the initial concerns about its M-car status were soon allayed. In fact, it confirmed that its maker still knew how to do cars that didn't need two-dozen drive modes to be brilliant.

What better candidate then for 4.30am alarm call? Dan P chose Exmoor as the backdrop this time around, and we can hardly think of a better car for exploring the skinny roads of the south west at dawn. We'll let him delve into the details, but suffice it to say the values of the 1M have remained so solid that a good one is likely to repay its starting price with interest.

It probably won't spoil the surprise to say Dan's video implies that's money very well spent...


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  • yonex 08 Jun 2019

    Nice. Huge soft spot for these

  • drpep 08 Jun 2019

    I distinctly remember mine. I'd just sold the 997.1 GT3 and wanted something a little more practical as a daily. I found the experience utterly underwhelming.

    The handling character at the limit was very spiky. The traction control was always eager to interject. There was no shortcut to M-Dynamic Mode like in other M cars so it required some fiddling to get it to back off the TC. It was overall a pleasant car to own but didn't come anywhere near the character, handling, pace, or presence of the GT3. And nor should it. It's not an apples to apples comparison by any means. Just know that despite the vid, there are other waaaay more exciting cars for the money. A nicely depreciated E92 M3 for example.

  • Billy_Whizzzz 08 Jun 2019

    It’s a lovely thing, but as others have said - for the money, no thanks. An E30 M3 is far more rewarding to drive and more complete as package, as indeed is an M2 Comp.

  • Earthdweller 08 Jun 2019

    I’ve been looking at these for a while ..

    My impression is that prices for them are softening .. lots have been for sale a very long time and some of the prices being asked are clearly bonkers

  • lord trumpton 08 Jun 2019

    Earthdweller said:
    I’ve been looking at these for a while ..

    My impression is that prices for them are softening .. lots have been for sale a very long time and some of the prices being asked are clearly bonkers
    Yes prices have softened. That said so have all the other 'investment' cars from 18 months ago. The bubble has a small leak at the moment.

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