BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. BMW M3 CSL

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe against E46 M3 CSL on Nurburgring

Here we have a very interesting race against the freshly revealed BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the older but more powerful BMW E45 M3 CSL. Another important thing to know is that behind the steering wheel are not professional drivers but BMW enthusiasts. However, the result is pretty impressive and we can clearly see that the new 1M Coupe is a quite decent racing car even compared with a renowned model such the previous-generation M3 CSL.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. BMW M3 CSL
BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. BMW M3 CSL

The race has been held at the Nurburgring circuit, the gap between the two German models being somewhere around 25 seconds. To be more precise, the BMW M3 CSL lapped the famous German circuit in 7:50 while the smaller 1M Coupe in 8:15.

According to the driver’s statements, the lap time would have been better but the traffic and the accident in the last part of the circuit caused some delays and added few extra seconds in the end. Another noteworthy fact is that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was fitted with no extra equipment while the M3 CSL has additional features for better performance on the circuit.

The BMW M3 CSL is fitted with 18-inch wheels with Pilot Sport Cup tires, a Titan exhaust system with racing catalytic converters, a roll cage, a high performance coil-over suspension and race seats and harnesses at the interior.

As you know, the smallest M ever created comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine able to deliver 335 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. When coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, same as the model in the video, it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4,9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 250 km/h.

On the other hand, the older BMW M3 CSL packs a 3.2-liter engine producing 360 horsepower at 7,900 rpm and 370 Nm of torque at 4,900 rpm. This means that the M3 CSL has an output-per-liter figure of 111 horsepower, quite similar to the opponent. With this been said, I invite you to watch the battle between the new member of the M family and the reputable and bulkier M3 CSL.


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alex cross
alex cross
11 years ago

Oh all the things I would give just to be the driver behind that 1M…

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