Here’s how we’d do it

Motor (Australia) - - SWEET DREAM -


Rather than retro­fit the tunedup N55 from the M2, it would be eas­ier to merely ex­tract an ex­tra 22kW from the new B58. Such a small power bump might seem in­suf­fi­cient when the M140i musters 250kW/500Nm, but it doesn’t seem to be hurt­ing the M2.


For those who do want more, there’s no rea­son why BMW couldn’t fol­low the ex­am­ple set by the forth­com­ing M2 Com­pe­ti­tion and in­stall the de­tuned S55 twin­turbo 3.0-litre six from the M3/M4 for a tyre-tear­ing 300kW/520Nm. Gear­boxes in both mod­els would be a choice of seven-speed du­al­clutch or six-speed man­ual.


While power out­puts are sim­i­lar, the per­for­mance dif­fer­en­tial be­tween reg­u­lar BMWs and M-cars is night and day. At BFYB 2016, the M2 Pure was 4.5sec faster around Win­ton than the M135i. This is thanks to wider tracks, big­ger brakes and an ex­tra 20mm of Miche­lin rub­ber at each cor­ner. While the 1M’s all­wheel drive ri­vals would have an ad­van­tage off the line, in terms of lap speed it would be no con­test.


Just as with the M2, a back-to-ba­sics, man­ual-only Pure would open the range with the stan­dard car adding adap­tive dampers, the dual-clutch gear­box and ex­tra kit such as premium au­dio, key­less en­try and go and elec­tric seats.


With the M2 Pure’s re­cent price bump to $93,300, it al­lows room for the 1M Pure to slot in at $90,900 and the stan­dard 1M to slightly un­der­cut the M2 at $97,900. Top­ping the range would be the $107,900 1M Com­pe­ti­tion; mas­sive money for a three-door but the fastest rear-driver with a hatch this side of an AMG C63 S Es­tate.

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