BMW 1 Series M Coupé 

  • $66k built in Germany
  • 2010
  • 536 HP 6.0L
  • 155 mph
Finally BMW has provided a car with decent brakes, the 135i being armed with strong and lovely looking six-piston callipers at the front.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)
You never feel any lag from the two turbos and there is power available right through the wonderfully smooth rev range.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)

Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé

Top speed

1 Series M Coupé
155 mph
Golf R32
130 mph
TT RS Coupé
174 mph

0-100mph

1 Series M Coupé
9.6 s
GT 86
17.8 s
Golf R32
14.7 s

Top Gear track time

1 Series M Coupé
1:25.0
GT 86
1:31.30
Audi S4
1:30.90

1/4 mile

1 Series M Coupé
12.8 s
GT 86
15.3 s
Golf R32
14.1 s

Data points Key details of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé

Price

1 Series M Coupé
$66k
Golf R32
$29k

Horsepower

1 Series M Coupé
536 HP
GT 86
197 HP

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Performance

In an age when children can’t play conkers without protective specs and no one dares eat anything that’s out of date, it’s reassuring that BMW is still brave enough to put triple tons of both horsepower and torque into the smallest car it produces.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)
You get the same gloriously tight straight-six howl though, while the punch low down – helped by a throttle that’s sharp right at the top of its travel – makes it feel decently quick.
by EVO
The 3-litre still revs cleanly and willingly all the way to the heights of 7500rpm but it’s a fairly pointless exercise in terms of picking up speed after the needle has passed 6000rpm.
by EVO

Handling

The cornering balance is impeccable, the sense of rattle-free structural integrity is admirable, the way the suspension tracks a bend is uncanny, the way the tyres find grip on a damp surface is a paean to the tyremakers' art.
by EVO (Jul, 2004)
It works well, but the rear will be fighting hard to regain grip all the time it’s sliding, and in the dry there’s more grip than power.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)
But now the promise of that unique rear-drive configuration (for a hatch), uncorrupted steering and perfect weight distribution is backed-up by a searing, sonorous 3-litre straight-six packing a silken 265bhp punch.
by EVO (Sep, 2005)

Body style

Just ignore the fact that the Coupe actually has a slightly larger boot.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)
The 125i Convertible is very accomplished, and swanning around looking at the incredible view with the sun beating down on the clever heat-resistant leather, it’s got the glam factor that buyers want from a car like this.
by EVO
BMW won't be drawn on their arrival, but we should probably expect them first in the 2-Series coupe in about two years' time.
by EVO (Jul, 2004)

Powertrain

Keep the throttle pinned and you're sure to hit the 7000rpm limiter until you get used to its eerie smoothness; the engine feels like it could rev to 8500rpm without complaint.
by EVO (Sep, 2005)
So it doesn't matter that it has cramped rear quarters, an intrusive (make that cocooning) transmission tunnel and a compact boot.
by EVO (Jul, 2004)
With starter button pressed, one of four possible engines will come to life.
by EVO (Jul, 2004)

Engine

The six-cylinder produces the same 295lb ft of torque as the V8 in the M3, but while the M-car peaks at 3900rpm, the 135i maintains maximum torque from 1300 to 5000rpm.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)
Most of the 3500 sales per annum that BMW is expecting for the 1-series Coupe will be made up of the 120d and the numerically pleasing 123d (which has a new 2-litre twin-turbo diesel putting out 201bhp and 295lb ft), but the 135i is the car that will make the headlines.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)
I drove the diesel 123 Coupe a while ago and actually preferred it in some ways to the 135i (not the engine, obviously, but the chassis balance) so I’m hoping for good things from the 125i.
by EVO

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand BMW
Price $66,155
Type of car Production car
Year 2010

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.95 lb/hp
Maximum hp 536 HP @ 5,900 RPM
Maximum torque 555 ft-lb @ 1,500 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,000 cc
Cylinders V12
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.2:1
Bore/stroke 3.5 in / 3.3 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,796 lb
Width 71 in
Height 55.9 in
Length 172.4 in
Front track width 60.7 in
Wheelbase 104.7 in

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile 12.8 s
0-100mph 9.6 s
0-200kph 14.6 s
Top gear time 1:25.0

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Shift system Automatic
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 4.11:1
  2. 2: 2.31:1
  3. 3: 1.54:1
  4. 4: 1.18:1
  5. 5: 1:1
  6. 6: 0.85:1
Axle ratio 3.15:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 483/? 229
Rear wheels 483/? 254
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