Today’s video features a BMW 1M Coupe. But before we dive into this article, let’s have a quick look at the history on this model.
This is a high-performance version of the 1 Series Coupe and it was developed by BMW M. And they decided to call it the ‘1M’ in order to avoid confusion with the brand’s iconic BMW M1.
…not a ‘proper’ M engine…
It was released in December 2010 and it’s the first M car to not use a ‘proper’ M engine. Instead BMW decided to use an N54 unit, shared with the E89 BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Which makes 340hp and 450Nm of torque and it was only possible to get this car with a manual transmission.
I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to experience this iconic BMW. Out of the 6,309 1M cars that we’re built, only 116 units were ever sold in Sweden. And the owner of this very good looking Valencia Orange example, Michael, kindly accepted our invitation to make a film about it.
…beautiful Z-Performance wheels…
The car has an ‘M3 look alike’ carbon fibre hood, an M3 GTS trunk wing and also it has a black wrap on the top half of the car to tie it all together. It’s fitted with the rather beautiful Z-Performance ZP6.1 Gunmetal 20” wheels. 9” wide at the front and 10.5” at the back. KW V3 Coilovers are used to lower the car and as a result it feels more composed and more comfortable than the standard model.
On the inside everything is pretty much stock, you have the leather sport seats with orange inserts and also there is the welcomed addition of the M Performance Alcantara Steering Wheel.
Of course Michael has also worked on the engine. It has a Cobb Stage 2+ Aggressive tune, a AFE Magnum FORCE Stage 2 Pro SR Cold Air Intake and for the exhaust he went with the AR Design catless downpipes, Rensad N54 midpipe and the Akrapovic Evolution catback. It sounds really, really good.
Michael’s future plans with this car include a FMIC, xenon headlights with DTM look-a-like LEDs and he also hinted that the car might look a bit different exterior wise.
Follow Michael and his BMW 1M Coupe build here: https://www.instagram.com/by__eme/