BMW’s 1 Series M Coupe has taken a lot of heat lately. Some say it isn’t a true “M” car because of its low-revving, force-inducted I-6. They believe a true “M” should be powered by a naturally-aspirated engine that screams to stratospheric rpms. Others have found a spot in their heart for the smallest BMW, saying that its lightweight chassis and affordable price are true to the original “M” formula.
Now a YouTube video has surfaced of BMW’s smallest coupe lapping the Nurburgring – right behind an M3 CSL Nurburgring track day car fitted with a roll cage, larger brakes, lightweight exhaust, race seats, and Pilotsport Cup tires. The factory-fresh 1 Series M coupe turned an 8:15 BTG (Bridge at Antoniusbuche to the Gantry on Döttinger Höhe straight) lap time with traffic and an accident requiring driver Andre de Vries to back off the throttle. De Vries believes a lap time quicker than 8 minutes is possible without traffic or the accident.
Check out the video below to see the 1 Series M Coupe in action and let us know if you think it is worthy of the vaunted “M” badge in the comment section below.