BMW M3 vs BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Picture of BMW M3 (E92)
Picture of BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Category BMW M3 (E92)BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Max power (ps / bhp) 420 / 414340 / 335
Max torque (Nm / lb-ft) 400 / 295500 / 369
Curb weight (kg / lb) 1622 / 35761515 / 3340
Power / tonne (ps / bhp) 259 / 255224 / 221
Average price €69,000€52,000

Acceleration (mph)

Speed & distance BMW M3 (E92)BMW 1 Series M Coupe
0 - 30 mph 1.7 s1.7 s
0 - 40 mph 2.5 s2.3 s
0 - 50 mph 3.3 s3.5 s
0 - 60 mph 3.9 s4.2 s
0 - 70 mph 5.6 s5.5 s
0 - 80 mph 7.1 s7.2 s
0 - 90 mph 8.6 s8.9 s
0 - 100 mph 9.4 s9.8 s
0 - 110 mph 12.7 s13.4 s
0 - 120 mph 15.1 s16.5 s
Est. 1/8 mile 8.9 s @ 95.7 mph9.0 s @ 94.4 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s @ 114.3 mph12.8 s @ 111.2 mph

Acceleration (kph)

Speed & distance BMW M3 (E92)BMW 1 Series M Coupe
0 - 40 kph 1.8 s1.6 s
0 - 50 kph 1.9 s1.8 s
0 - 100 kph 4.3 s4.5 s
0 - 130 kph 6.9 s7.2 s
0 - 160 kph 9.9 s10.3 s
0 - 200 kph 15.2 s15.2 s
1000 m 23.5 s @ 230.0 kph23.9 s
60 - 100 kph (4) 4.3 s4.0 s
80 - 120 kph (5) 5.4 s4.6 s
80 - 120 kph (6) 6.6 s5.9 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph 10.7 s12.0 s

General performance

Category BMW M3 (E92)BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Top speed 280 kph (174 mph)250 kph (155 mph)
Est. 0 - 100 mph - 0 16.5 s @ 1378 ft17.3 s @ 1473 ft
Est. max acceleration 0.66 g (6 m/s²)0.66 g (6 m/s²)
Fuel economy 13.0 l/100 km (18 mpg US / 22 UK)10.9 l/100 km (22 mpg US / 26 UK)
Lateral acceleration 0.94 g (9 m/s²)0.95 g (9 m/s²)
100 kph - 0 34 m (111 ft)35 m (114 ft)
200 kph - 0 136 m (445 ft)134 m (441 ft)


Category BMW M3 (E92)BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Track Performance 17771757
Straight line speed 30203169
Total 47984927


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jeremyclarkson1  5m ago

im surprised the 1m is faster on the straights, thought the m3 might have the advantage


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hostboy  5m ago

It's not, the scoring system is just weird like that. Fuel economy is taken into account, and better fuel economy = better performance. Same as when they said the Hellcat is faster than a Carrera GT and barely slower than an Enzo

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G  11y ago

The problem with the rating system is that it doesn't appear to be properly weighted. For example, if two cars achieve a time of 8:04 and 8:05 respectively, then relatively speaking they are much closer in performance than another two cars which achieve 1:00 and 1:01. Both times may only be 1s apart, but expressed as a percentage, we have a 0.2% difference in the first example but 1% in the second, which explains why Nurburgring lap times seem to skew the results in a two car comparison.

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Julle85  12y ago


No, i dont take serious this stuff :D

In here this pointslist is "amazing". Where i can see that pointslist?

Fastestlaps can forget pointslist in here, and it will be better system in here, if the car will win both categorys, and dont giving points to cars.

For example.

Track Performance: If BMW 1 M Coupe is faster on track, then it will faster on track, and win M3.

Staight line speed: If BMW M3 is faster on straigt line speed, then M3 win.

And if the car wins both categorys, then the car is noticeably faster then other.

Please Fastestlaps, forget the pointslist!

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DDriver  12y ago

Julle85 has the point. Comparison function should obey transitivity (using Georg's explanation on how it should work), otherwise it is wrongly implemented.

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Derb  12y ago

why do you take this comparison so serious?
i think everybody knows that this is not the ultimative way to compare cars

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Julle85  12y ago


How can you explain this?

Audi RS5 is faster than BMW M3 E92 is. And BMW M3 E92 is faster than 1 M Coupe is. And 1 M Coupe is faster than Audi RS5 is. WTF?



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Why Audi RS5 topspeed is +280km/h? So Audi RS6 topspeed is also 280km/h.

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w0o0dy  12y ago

@Georg: and that's exactly why i think its wrong. If a car gets beaten most of the time it means its generally slower... even if it wins a lot on a couple of tracks... most of the time you'd lose, so its slower not faster.

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Georg  12y ago

the way the point system works here... the M3 has two tracks with a huge lead over the 1M ...all other tracks are extremly closed match which adds next to no points even f won more tracks overall...
the 10s at the northloop and the 6s at the wet handling test which won the M3 made the different
The point system here is based on time different not numbers of track won...the bigger the different the more points the faster car gets...

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Julle85  12y ago


BMW 1 Series M coupe have 8/14 better laptimes. So how M3 have better track points?

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Georg  12y ago

I am currious to see this the next months with more tests getting better numbers for the 1series M Coupe... like sportauto claimed the M3 perfromance pack they tested in 7/2010 was slower...