New Metal: BMW M4 and Koenigsegg One:1

The BMW M brand creates incredible cars, and the new M4 is another in a long line of obscenely fast and very desirable “ultimate driving machines”. This is the first M4, and follows the new naming structure at BMW. To quickly explain it, 4-doors now start with odd numbers (1,3,5,7) and 2-doors start with even numbers (2,4,6). Therefore, the new M3 and M4 are pretty much the same car except for the number of doors. In my humble opinion, the M3 looks better than the coupe, but both appear more muscular and purposeful than the models they replace.


Following the common trend of downsizing engines the new M3/M4 ditch there wonderfully naturally aspirated V8’s of the previous generation in favour of a twin-turbo six-cylinder that produces 431hp, roughly 15hp more than the previous model. Numbers aren’t everything and I’m sure that this new M duo will be a dynamic revelation which the majority of auto testers will herald as the second coming of Christ. I will most likely never try it as BMW and I aren’t really that close (I never get invited to any of their parties) but I can say that it sure does look real purrrrrty after sitting in both at my local Autoshow.


Unfortunately, this article really isn’t about the newest M cars as I’m just using them to highlight how hilariously crap they are in comparison to the newly revealed Koenigsegg One:1. The M4 weighs a respectable 1,497kg, which is less than the previous version and will therefore burn less fuel and save more polar bears from an untimely death. But again, respectable as this is, it’s still crap. I say this because the Koenigsegg (lets say “Egg” for short as my spell check is getting confused) tips the scales at an even more respectable 1,341kg. It also has 910 more horsepower. It has the equivalent of a McLaren P1 worth of horsepower MORE than the incredibly sporty M4.

Koenigsegg One:1

You can’t realistically compare an M4 to the new One:1, but it shows how absolutely bonkers the new Egg is. The M4 is more car than you would ever need. It gets to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 250km/h. No one actually needs this much performance in their daily lives, but people like us would buy these cars if we could because that amount of power is addictively fun. The One:1 isn’t fun. It’s scary. Bat shit, hide your children, widow-maker scary.

Koenigsegg One:1

The name One:1 is representative of the fact that the car’s weight and metric horsepower are the same, an accomplishment that I don’t believe any other road car has ever been able to claim. Only six examples will be produced, and all have already been sold. We don’t know how much each one cost, but we can assume that it was more than the approximate $75,000 that you and I would pay for an M4. At 450km/h the One:1 has not only become the fastest road legal car every produced, but will also rip the fabric of time and space if ever fully unleashed.

Koenigsegg One:1

0-100km times haven’t been released, but tellingly the 0-400km have: 20 seconds. These might be the last 20 seconds of your life. I’m not trying to say that the Egg isn’t safe. I’m sure it’s passed all of the required crash tests and has been homologated for the majority of the world’s markets. The thing is, at those speeds it doesn’t really matter: If you crash, you’re dead. Planes aren’t inherently dangerous, but if they crash at their top speed you will die. Speed kills, it’s that simple. That’s why Smart cars are considered safe, because they’re so damn slow.

Christian Von Koenigsegg

The One:1 is an amazing achievement, especially coming from a car company that produces very few cars every year out of an old military hanger in Sweden. It sets a new benchmark in the hypercar world and would be an amazing machine to own and enjoy. It is also completely and utterly pointless to the majority of the population. But for people like us it is drool-inducingly cool.


~ by ubercar on March 2, 2014.

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