2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 BMW 1 Series M - Road Test Specs

2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

(3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo 6-speed Manual)


Year Make Model2011 BMW 1 Series M 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Vehicle TypeRear-wheel drive
Base MSRP$47,010
Options on test vehicleValencia Orange ($550); Premium Package ($2,400 -- includes auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, auto-dimming power-folding exterior mirrors, eight-way power-adjustable front seats with power-adjustable lumbar support and two-way manually adjustable headrests, two-position memory for the driver seat and exterior mirrors, ambience lighting that is sourced from the exterior door handles and illuminates the area near the doors when the doors are unlocked, BMW Assist with Bluetooth. iPod and USB adapter); Heated Front Seats ($500 -- includes heated front seats with three levels of heat intensity)
As-tested MSRP$49,585


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,979/182
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)335 @ 5,900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)332 @ 1,500
Fuel type91-octane required
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.11, II = 2.31, III = 1.54, IV = 1.17, V = 1.00, VI = 0.85
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.154
Differential(s)Viscous limited slip


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)12.5
Tire make and modelMichelin Pilot Sport PS2
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer, high-performance
Tire size, front245/35ZR19 93Y
Tire size, rear265/35ZR19 98Y
Wheel size, front19-by-9 inches
Wheel size, rear19-by-10 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front14.2-inch ventilated two-piece rotors with sliding calipers
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.9
0-45 mph (sec.)3.3
0-60 mph (sec.)4.6
0-75 mph (sec.)6.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.0 @ 107.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.4
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.7
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.1
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.3
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)13.3 @ 107.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)106
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)71.4
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON69.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.96
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.96
Sound level @ idle (dB)48.2
@ Full throttle (dB)77.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,250

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith traction control on and a quick clutch uptake, the car bogs heavily, so I had to feather the clutch on for a decent launch. With T/C off, the opposite is true: It'll boil the tires with ease. It's one of those cars that likes a little bit of initial wheelspin, but going to WOT too soon ends up blowing the run. So, a 2,750-rpm quick clutch, but then patience/prudence is required to maintain ideal traction all the way to the middle/top of 1st gear. Power seems to fade near redline, and short shifting seemed to help rather than hurt quarter-mile time and trap.
Braking commentsBrakes are nearly fade-free, only varying 2 feet over six stops from 60 mph. Pedal feel is solid and dead consistent; minimal dive and zero wiggle or wander. Noticed some steering wheel shake on the run up to 65 mph, but not under braking. Missing a wheel weight, perhaps?
Handling comments"Skid pad: (DSC Off) If I only had feel to go by instead of the electronic timer, I would've guessed about 0.85-0.90g, so imagine my surprise when it posted a 0.96. At this speed, the 1M gently understeers, and trying to kick the tail out with a couple throttle jabs only makes it go wide. While there's no question that the steering precision is there and the weight is appropriate, "feel" is sadly lacking. I never quite know what the front tires are enduring down there and they don't make much noise either. With DSC on MDM, it was actually easier to keep the car nailed to the painted line all the way around.

Testing Conditions

Test date5/24/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)61.9
Relative humidity (%)52.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.9
Wind (mph, direction)3.0
Odometer (mi.)3,043
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

Edmunds observed (mpg)20.3 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.0
Driving range (mi.)0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,362
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,346
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.6/48.4
Length (in.)172.2
Width (in.)71.0
Height (in.)55.9
Wheelbase (in.)104.7
Track, front (in.)60.7
Track, rear (in.)60.7
Turning circle (ft.)37.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.5
Legroom, rear (in.)32.1
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, rear (in.)37.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.4
Seating capacity2
GVWR (lbs.)4,255


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles

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