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The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe is an all-star performance car

BMW adds an M model to its 1 series, taking the 135i and increasing horsepower and handling. The car is an excellent sport driver, but doesn't hit the performance level of its other M cars.

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BMW built its 1 Series M Coupe off the existing 135i model, widening the track, boosting horsepower, and tuning the suspension for better performance.

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Along with the M badges placed around the car, the 1 Series M Coupe can be distinguished from the 135i by the fender flares and the air dam with its large intakes.

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The 1 Series M Coupe gets BMW's N54 engine, a twin-turbo direct-injection 3-liter, tuned up for 335 horsepower.

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The front seats are very comfortable in the 1 Series M Coupe, but back seat space is tight. Taller drivers will end up cutting off the leg room of the rear-seat passenger.

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BMW does not offer the 1 Series M Coupe with a dynamic suspension. It tuned the fixed suspension for a compromise between road comfort and sport handling. At times, the ride can feel spongy, but the comfort level is appreciated.

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As a small car, the 1 Series M Coupe does not have much trunk room.

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The 1 Series M Coupe can be had with a navigation system and premium Harman Kardon audio, but the car sent to CNET only included iPod integration and a Bluetooth phone system.

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The M steering wheel has a thick rim, making it easy to grip and turn.

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The M tachometer includes a yellow zone in the area just before redline. It's a good visual cue when seeking maximum horsepower.

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The six-speed manual is the only transmission available for the 1 Series M Coupe, although BMW offers its seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission on the 135i.

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BMW shoehorns phone and MP3 player information into the minimal radio display, not the best interface.

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