The BMW 1-Series M Coupe’s highly anticipated turn at the Nurburgring finally took place. SportAuto took the newest addition to BMW’s M family for the cursory timed lap around the world’s most famous race track. After their session around the Ring with the 1M Coupe, the results finally came in: eight minutes and 15 seconds.

As far as we’re concerned, the figure is both impressive and disappointing. It’s impressive because it beat out the lap times of some of its notable competitors, particularly the 320-horsepower Porsche Cayman S, which clocked in two seconds slower than the 1M Coupe, as well as the two Audi sportsters, the TT RS, and the RS3 Sportback.

On the flip side, SportAuto was the first to admit that the 1-Series M Coupe’s time could have been faster if not for the racing compound tires and the stiff suspension at which the 1-Series M Coupe was configured. While we certainly can’t blame SportAuto for the time they posted - 8:15 is impressive by most accounts - they did open the door for the BMW sports car to post an even faster time around the Nurburgring if it’s properly set-up.

When that will be is still anyone’s guess, but the gauntlet has definitely been thrown down.


Source: 1Addicts

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Uncia  (868) posted on 07.23.2011

@ aPACKofWEASELS and khyentse:

Your lap times for the Cayman S are all valid, but were recorded by independent journalists, not professional Porsche engineers. According to Porsche, the current 2011 Cayman S with the PDK transmission and sport suspension and exhaust options laps the ’Ring in 7:56.

@ khyentse:

The Cayman S may be slower in a straight line than the 1-series M coupe, but it beats the BMW by significant margins in the skidpad and slalom tests.

Uncia  (1211) posted on 07.14.2011

I’m checking on the stats and gladly surprised that Nurburgring’s results. However, we should carefully check on each vehicles standards. Maybe there were some that has performed extremely compared to some which has regular standards on speed.

Uncia  (460) posted on 07.13.2011

I can’t wait to see the results of this race. There were tons of speculations on which cars will perform best.

Uncia  (580) posted on 06.30.2011

With the awesomeness and high performance of this car . I don’t think that it still need to prove itself! And even if this car will lose in a race , I still plan to buy myself on one of this.

Uncia  (276) posted on 06.30.2011

I’m glad that they have made a come back production for this series! I really want to have one since the first time that it was debuted as well as the 3 series!

Uncia  (442) posted on 06.24.2011

Cool, that was setting a new record for BMW 1-series. I hope it can beat its own record. Why don’t we try it again?

Uncia  (594) posted on 06.24.2011

Well, whichever car you put this one against, I would still stick with the M Coupe. Why? Because I think that this car is actually one of the most well balanced that I have seen.

Uncia  (528) posted on 06.23.2011

Hey, that one would really be a good suggestion. Probably the car that would be a perfect match to this one is the Audi R8, since they have almost the same level of performance.

Uncia  (596) posted on 06.22.2011

@Tart Mendez yeah, that one would be a really good match. Actually, that;s the thing that I would want to see here, matching up cars against each other would really be interesting.

Uncia  (474) posted on 06.22.2011

At last the BMW 1-Series M Coupe has made it to the great nurburgring track. I think this car can give a good race for all.

Uncia  (206) posted on 06.21.2011

WRONG. The Cayman S lapped the Ring in 8:06.

Uncia  (359) posted on 06.21.2011

Well, that’s pretty impressive, but not all that surprising really. All of us already know how great the M Coupe is when it comes to performance, and it was just a matter of time before they brought that one to the Ring.

Uncia  (331) posted on 06.21.2011

haha. I think it would be gone better if Cayman has joined the 1 series coupe in the race track. BTW, is still a production with this series because the 7 series is in the market already.

Uncia  (541) posted on 06.21.2011

Is there any reason to doubt the time that was set by the Nurburgring track?

isn’t it official?

Well, no matter what I still I love the performance and look of this car.

Uncia  (1) posted on 06.19.2011

Get your straight! Cayman S posted a lap time of 8:04 by Walter Rohrl from Sports Auto and Porsche claims 7:56. There is no way a car that is heavier and slower is going to faster around the nurburgring.

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.19.2011

I’m not sure how you’re figuring that this is two seconds faster than the Cayman S’ time; the current Cayman S laps the Nurburgring in 7:56, according to Porsche.

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