BMW cars that wear the M badge are truly special high-performance machines. The M3 in particular is incredibly capable, but it costs around $60,000 and averages 16 MPG, if you’re lucky.
Just in time for today’s sensibilities, the M3 gets a new baby brother: the 1 Series M Coupe at a base price of 47,010.
“We’re moving to a smaller car world,” said Matt Russell of BMW’s M division. “We’ve preserved the six-cylinder engine in this car, but I would like to point out that it’s the most powerful six-cylinder we’ve ever put in an M car. We really did put emphasis on both efficiency and power output.”
Available only as a coupe, only with a manual transmission and perhaps only available this year, the 1 M is the smallest BMW to wear the M badge, but it’s by no means the slowest. In fact, in acceleration it keeps up with a manual transmission M3, even though it’s packing less power with a much smaller engine.
At a race track demonstration for the automotive press, the little Bimmer gobbled up the turns and blasted down the straight-aways better than most cars.
It’s also civilized enough on the road to be an everyday car and gets reasonable fuel economy with its twin turbo six-cylinder engine.