The BMW 1-Series M Coupe has beaten its big brother the M3 is lapping the Hockenheim.

Well, here's an item that proves that being small and nimble has its advantages.

According to tests by German sports car magazine Sport Auto, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe has beaten its big brother the M3 in lapping the Hockenheim.

Sport Auto got a lap time of 1:14.1 for the 1-Series M while the quickest time around the track for the M3 (E92 M3 ZCP DCT) came in 0.1 second slower - 1:14.2.

That's not much but still impressive.

On the Hockenheim, the 1-Series M clocked the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 4.7 seconds too.

Auto Sport also reported that the 1-Series M Coupe had a frisky tendency to spin its rear end out without the stability control engaged, but they see that as a good sign since most cars in its category would under-steer by design.

Here's the list of Sport Auto's track times for each model tested.

Porsche Cayman R PDK - 1:12.4
BMW E46 M3 CSL - 1:13.5
Porsche 987.5 Cayman S PDK - 1:13.9
Porsche 987.5 Cayman S MT - 1:14.0
BMW 1M Coupe - 1:14.1
BMW E92 M3 ZCP DCT - 1:14.2
Audi TT-RS Coupe - 1:14.3
BMW E92 M3 6MT (Cup+ Tires) - 1:14.3
Audi RS5 Coupe - 1:15.3
BMW Z4 35iS - 1:16.1
BMW 135i Coupe - 1:17.4

Gallery: BMW 1M faster around Hockenheim than M3