So this is it, the time we find out whether BMW really has rekindled the old E30 M3 magic with the hotly anticipated 1-series M Coupe. Waiting to put it through the wringer are three very different yet extremely capable adversaries - the lightweight, ultra-focused mid-engined Porsche Cayman R, the slick and potent all-wheel-drive Audi TT RS, and the honest-to-goodness Nissan 370Z, here being tested in box-fresh GT Edition specification for the very first time. It’s a compelling, disparate bunch, a quartet of coupes that encompasses normal aspiration and forced induction, front- and mid-engined layouts, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Amazingly, there’s also a £26,000 difference between the cheapest and most expensive cars in the test: £35,000 as tested for the Nissan versus £61,000 for the Porsche. Throw in the mix of two-seat, 2+2 and full four-seat accommodation and it’s clear the 300bhp-plus coupe sector has all the bases covered. Read the full group test in evo 158, on sale now. Buy your copy here BMW 1-series M Coupe video review from Wales
BMW 1-series M Coupe v Porsche Cayman R v Audi TT RS v Nissan 370Z
New mini M Car, the BMW 1-series M Coupe, battles the Porsche Cayman R, Audi TT RS and Nissan 370Z GT
SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – eight generations new, the GTI still has the goods
Range Rover D350 Autobiography 2020 review – new straight-six diesel a great fit
Cupra Leon eHybrid 2020 review – are hybrids and hot hatchbacks still mutually exclusive?