In their latest review, the British from AutoExpress are trying to find out if the 40,000 GBP BMW 1 Series M Coupe (the cheapest model from BMW’s performance division which costs almost 13,000 GBP more than an M3) is worthy or wearing the legendary M badge.
After ignoring the fact that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe could have simply been named the M1, AutoExpress moves on to analyzing the 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo from under the bonnet which is the same with the one found in the Z4 sDrive35is. Thanks to this engine the 1 Series M Coupe can deliver 335 bhp and 450 Nm at 1,500 rpm (which means more torque than you get from the M3’s V8) and can also accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds while enabling a limited top speed of 155 mph.
As far as appearance the BMW 1 Series M Coupe features the M specific extra bits of identifying trim like sportier looking bumpers, more muscular wheel arches, bigger wheels and a new exhaust system. The car sits lower and wider than the standard 1 Series as its suspension comes from the M3, plus it uses bigger brakes and features a sport differential which all play a major role in offering everything you would expect from an M car in terms of handling.
The fact that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is rear wheel drive and is only available with a manual gearbox are just a few of the aspects that indicate the car is aiming at proper driving enthusiasts, and even though its interior might not actually reflect its price tag, this model is most definitely worthy of wearing the M badge. 
Video: BMW 1 Series M Coupe Review

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Source: Auto Express via YouTube