Having flogged the BMW 1-Series M Coupe around the track at Monitcello Motor Club I can tell you without hesitation that this car will be one of my favorites for 2011. During my test I also ran it back to back against the vaunted M3, a car that is pretty much the benchmark for every sports sedan on the market today. So when I heard that the guys at Automobile Magazine did a similar test, I became very curious about their impressions. Initially they rip on the fact that anyone who buys an M3 with an automatic transmission is a poser, something that I don’t necessarily agree with. However when it comes to the 1M, they dish out nothing but praise, even though most of its parts have been borrowed from its older brother. In short, the 1M is the car for the guy or gal who appreciates the raw driving experience of smoking the tires and rowing through the gears on a pure unadulterated sports car.