BMW 1M heading to MFest 2013 Las Vegas
The BMW 1 Series M ("1M coupe") is a high-performance version of the BMW 1 Series Coupe, developed by BMW's motorsport branch BMW M. While BMW naming convention would have called the car the "M1", the name "BMW 1 Series M" was used instead, to avoid confusion with the original BMW M1.
BMW M boss Dr. Kay Segler officially announced the making of the M variant of the BMW 1-Series Coupé on July 9, 2010, via an official YouTube video and press release. On December 9, 2010, BMW officially announced all details of the car in the media. The variant was marketed as a spiritual follow-up to the famous E30 M3.
Prior to the 1M coupe, a bespoke engine (with a code starting with "S", for example S14, S50, S65) was used for all BMW M models. However, the 1M Coupé uses a re-tuned version of the twin-turbocharged N54 engine which is used in various other models. In the 1M Coupe, the engine produces 340 hp at 5900 rpm and 332 lb·ft torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (with +369 lb·ft overboost). The sole available drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential.
The 1M coupe has a significantly wider track and bigger body than the standard E82 coupe, as well as a different body kit. Despite the car's larger size, it is 77 lb (35 kg) lighter than the standard E82 coupe, giving it a weight of 3,296 lb.
BMW was originally going to release the 1M Coupé as a limited production model of 2,700 units. Then due to overwhelming demand, the company lifted the cap and produced a total of 6331 cars until production ended in June 2012. Nevertheless, production of the North American variant of the 1M Coupé stopped in June 2012, with 740 units sold in the US and a further 220 sold in Canada. Total 6039 cars sold worldwide.
The 1M was featured on Top Gear on 26 June 2011 and recorded a time of 1:25.0 around the Top Gear test track.. The 1M was met in the media with enthusiastic reviews, Jeremy Clarkson likening it, as a breakthrough model, to the original Volkswagen Golf GTI. It also received "Richard Hammond's Car of the Year 2011" award in Top Gear (magazine).