Wednesday, July 27, 2011

BMW 1 Series M Coupe test

Some say that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe embodies the whole spirit of the creatures of the most prestigious sports department Motorsport, who compares it to the previous M3 because of its 6-cylinder car and who judges the most intriguing of the BMW range: to secure with its 340 hp promises pure adrenaline.

To try it out as it should, exploring the limits, we went to Misano, where the team of Siegfried Stohr, GuidarePilotare school, allowed us to fully understand the dynamic point of view on the track and unleash all its overwhelming cavalry. Compared to the M3, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is more squat, less racy, but much more aggressive, it's like a wrestler who wears a shirt too tight, his widened wheel arches seem hardly contain the large 19-inch tires with asymmetrical 245/35 front and 265/35 at the rear.

Even the mirrors are pure M, while the tail is reminiscent of some small and elusive BMW's sporting past. Inside, instead, is less extravagant, Alcantara stands around the lid of the instrument panel on the dashboard, door panels, behind the gear lever and handbrake, Leather sports steering wheel with the colors of the stitching M sports department and the speedometer marked up to 300 km / h.

In short, the 1 Series M Coupe does not leave indifferent, we understand that has something more conventional of the sisters, and look at it, touch it, is an invitation too strong to put in motion and starting to see what he is capable on the track. Luckily the weather is typical of a July day with the sun warms the track and off you go without having to take into account the pitfalls of the wet.

The 6-cylinder biturbo engine of our Bmw 1 Series M Coupe has a hollow sound, threatening, accompanying the magic moment the ignition and promises a big boost after a few meters. In fact out of the pits with a verve supercar, the Lightning is shooting progressive, but not brutal, and causes them to bite on the brake to attack the first corner.

The first round goes on smoother, but the second unleashes the beast: the straight is devoured by the thrust of the 340 hp in a few seconds and once we reach the first variant. Braking is challenging but the brakes are very good, the pedal is adjustable and the disks play well their work, wheels straight climb the first two gears to face right-hander then, still in third gear touch the brake to provide stability the car, stretching up to the fourth and the engine speed rises in a heartbeat.

The car's 450 Nm available at just 1500 rpm provide a great boost out of corners and allow prodigious stretch, plus there is also an overboost that increases the torque by another 50 Nm for a few seconds. Without the BMW 1 Series M Controls included slides on all 4 wheels under acceleration but it is balanced in its reactions and very communicative steering, so we perceive the movements of individual wheels.

And 'as agile as a kart and in a flash you find yourself brushing the curb output. In critical situations for the stability of the 1 Series M is sincere and outgoing widens the trajectory to the curb, but it is surly as you might think. We pull up to fifth gears, lightened for a moment the gas to move the weight forward without hesitation and then pressed to the tablet to pass the bend: the screeching wheels, the frame absorbs all the stress, but the wheel remains stationary and a Lightning we find ourselves at the next corner.

With all these gear changes, you could ask if we were longing for a change at the wheel: no way, the manual of the Bavarian sport is perfectly tuned to the engine, is fast and has great maneuverability, to find a change at the wheel as accurately as you go up to class and not a little. The 1 Series M addictive, it's like a roller coaster ride from which you would not want get in entering the curve is almost immediate, the braking is a guarantee and then slips out when exiting corners is always fluid and manageable. In addition, the 6-cylinder pushes well when you do not have the right gear.

With traction control switched off it because you do not expect a very good locking differential. It is also very ready to change direction because of the optimal weight distribution.

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