Ever since the 2011 BMW 1M came on stage, many have claimed that it has the heavier, V-8-powered M3 beat on overall driving experience. But one area the 1M can’t lay claim on is drag strip bragging rights – the V8-powered M3 barely squeaks past the twin-turbo, inline-six-powered 1M.
But what happens when the 2011 1M takes on the previous-gen, E46 M3? That M3 is powered by a naturally-aspirated, inline-six rated at 333 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, compared to 335 hp and 332 lb-ft from the twin-turbo, inline-six stuffed into the 1M. The E46 weighs 3,415 pounds, just a tad heavier than the 3,339-pound 1M. So which one wins in a drag race? Watch the following video to find out.