2012, BMW, 1M



Modern high performanc­e cars have lost some of the raw connectedn­ess to driving. A feeling that only those who love to drive crave. A feeling that sets apart just a fast car from a true drivers cars... These days very few manufactur­ers are getting this right, yet it is possible. The BMW 1M is an incredible example of a modern high performanc­e coupe, with the connectedn­ess that made the original M Cars such fun to drive!

This car is by no means the fastest M car you can get, yet it feels every bit as fast as some of todays super sedans. Maybe its the direct steering wheel, maybe it is the lightweigh­t compact body shell, maybe it is the manual gearbox that is so precise, maybe it’s the wide wheel stance hiding under the flared wheel arch, maybe it’s the rear differenti­al that allows you to pull incredible slides through corners on a track... Definitely it is all of these things mated to a BMW M derived engine that makes this car so incredibly special. At DRIV3R.world we rate the BMW 1M a full 5 stars for fun.

Earlier in this issue we also featured the E36 and E46 M3’s. Having just reacquaint­ed ourselves with these two legendary cars that made BMW M so well known in South Africa, it is safe to say that the BMW 1M is an M Car of the old school... and that is a good thing, a very very good thing!

The 1M was made in limited numbers and as much its successor, the BMW M2, is also incredibly entertaini­ng to drive, the 1M is certainly the more collectabl­e car. Prices have been steadily rising in the last 2 years and we think they will continue to go up for a while. There is worldwide demand for these cars. Get one while you can!

Available at The SMG Collection

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