BMW 1-Series M Coupe Allegedly Laps the Nürburgring in 8:12" Making it Faster than E46 M3

The BMW 1-Series M Coupe is pretty fast on paper. Reaching the 60 mph (96 km/h) mark in just 4.7 seconds is no small feat, but nowadays, it seems that performance cars need to have a respectable “Ring” time under there belt to command respect. Now, a forum member of the 1Addicts fan site who calls himself "SteveD" claims that the Ring time for the 335-horsepower strong M model is 8 minutes and 12 seconds.

If true (and according to the Nürburgring lap times list posted on Wikipedia), this means the entry-level M model is 10 seconds faster than the E46 M3, on par with the E86 Z4 M Coupe, but 7 seconds slower than the E92 M3 .

Of course, just because something is posted on a forum, doesn’t necessarily make it true. However, it seems that “SteveD” is none other than Steve Davies, a UK journalist who writes for Skiddmark. When asked where did he received the info, "SteveD" wrote “directly from BMW when we filmed the car”.

And indeed, Skiddmark does feature a piece about the 1-Series M Coupe and it contains the information posted on 1addicts. Still, we’re going to take this one with a grain of salt until we have the official confirmation.

You can see how the 1 Series M Coupe's alleged 'Ring lap time compares with other models from BMW and other makers in the list below.

By Csaba Daradics

Nurburgring Lap Times as Posted on Wikipedia:

E46 M3 CSL - 7:50

E90/E92 M3 - 8:05

E63 M6 - 8:09

1 series M coupe - 8:12

Z4 M-Coupe - 8:12

E60 M5 - 8:13

Alpina B3 Biturbo - 8:14

Z4 M-Roadster - 8:15

Alpina Roadster S (Z4) - 8:15

E46 M3 - 8:22

335i E92 Coupe - 8:26

Other Models Compared:

911 Carrera S PDK (997.5) - 7:50

Audi R8 4.2 - 8:04

Cayman S - 8:04 (by Walter Röhrl)

Audi RS4 - 8:09

Audi TT-RS - 8:09

BMW 1 series M coupe - 8:12

Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 8:13

Mercedes C63 AMG PP - 8:13

Corvette C6 - 8:15

Cayman S - 8:16 (Sport Auto)

Porsche Boxter S (987.5) - 8:18

Lexus IS-F - 8:18

2010 VW Golf R - 8:23

Audi S5 (2007) - 8:26

Audi TT-S (2008) - 8:29

Source: Skiddmark , Via: 1Addicts