Call it what you will, the smallestMcar is BMW’s best
It is the M1 in all but name and the best thing with aBMW badge. Carsguide punts the uber-coupe over Italy’s famed Stelvio Pass
THE Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps sped to the top of the drivers’ bucket list a few years ago after Britain’s Top Gear crew judged it the best road in the world. Based on the bits shown on TV, Clarkson and co must have been inhaling exhaust fumes at the time.
Carsguide retraced the route in what is probably the best four-seater yet built to tackle the lust-worthy drive, BMW’s new 1 Series M. The stop-start shots between hairpins that Top Gear showed on TV look good in pictures but they aren’t the reason the Stelvio draws car and bike enthusiasts from across Europe. To the north, the pass opens up into a phenomenal flowing road with humblingly stunning scenery.
This is the best bang-for-your- buck car ever to wear anM badge and the Bavarian maker’s refusal to call it an M1 in deference to the 1970s midengined supercar won’t matter a damn to anyone who drives it. A rose by any other name.
About $100,000 buys a twodoor coupe that outperforms the $55,000-dearerBMWM3 in roll-on acceleration and is easier to toss through turns than any coupe this side of a Lotus Exige.
It is about $25,000 dearer