Video: BMW 1 M Coupe vs E46 BMW M3 CSL on the Nurburgring

An exciting video has just been uploaded onto YouTube showing a new BMW 1 Series M Coupe chasing around an E46 BMW M3 CSL on a lap of the Nurburgring. According to the video uploader, the 1 M Coupe is completely standard while the CSL is a track car with a roll cage, uprated brakes and lighter weight exhaust.

With the BMW 1 M Coupe only just being released onto some international markets, it is good to see enthusiasts are already prepared to test the punchy coupe to the limit. By the looks of this video alone, the 1 Series M Coupe has no trouble keeping up with the E46 M3 CSL.

The CSL features a 265kW/370Nm 3.2-litre naturally-aspirated straight six incorporating individual throttle bodies mounted on a mouth-watering carbon fibre induction. The engine is matched up to a six-speed SMG II semi-automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, the 1 M Coupe following behind features a 3.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged straight six offering 250kW and 450Nm, or 500Nm on overboost (full throttle). Power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission.

It should be a fairly even run, on paper at least. The CSL weighs 1385kg while the 1 M Coupe weighs 1495kg, providing power-to-weight ratios of 5.2 vs 5.9, respectively.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe will launch in Australia at the very end of this month. Just 200 examples have been asked for, with prices starting at $99,900.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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