The new 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe was recently tested on the Nurburgring track where it achieved a lap time of 8 minutes and 12 seconds. Details about the two-door model were released last week and the company just wanted to display its capabilities whether on the road or on the track.
The BMW 1 Series M had used standard Michelin PS2 road tires and can outperform the E46 BMW M3 by about 10 seconds.
The model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0l in-line six cylinder engine, which can deliver 340 hp and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). These figures enable the model to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h) in 17.3 seconds.
When BMW introduced the car last week, it stated that with this model, BMW M is “now realizing for the first time in this vehicle class its concept of racing-oriented performance characteristics” in a car meant for daily use.
BMW also said that it extends BMW’s model range further, clearing the hurdles for younger target groups to ”access the hallmark driving experience offered by an M car.”