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PSI Offers Up Unique Aftermarket Treatment for BMW 1 Series M Coupe 10
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1 Series M, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, Precision Sport Industries, PSI, Tuners on 08 10th, 2012

Florida-based Precision Sport Industries (PSI), our long-time friends and one of our many official sponsors, is one of the latest aftermarket tuners to serve up unique ‘tuner’ cosmetic upgrades for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

As you may already know, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe had a limited run of vehicles this year where the production just ended this summer. Through tasteful creativity and a selection of virtuous aftermarket aesthetics, PSI was able to come up with a selection of custom parts to take the 1 Series M Coupe to new heights.

Trying not to lose the original character and demeanor of a vehicle as unique as the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, proves to be a challenge. The guys at PSI are always up to these challenges, which is why they went through a grueling process of selecting the best parts for this 1 Series M Coupe. The aftermarket add-ons consist of a BMW Performance Carbon Fiber trunk spoiler, black kidney gill, Slek Carbon Fiber front splitter, a Revozport 2×2 Carbon Fiber diffuser out back housing an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust, BMW Performance Carbon Fiber side mirror covers, a BMW Performance Alcantara M steering wheel and a full set of KW Variant 3 coilovers to improve handling. Power output remains close to the BMW 1 Series M Coupe’s 335 horsepower but breaths a little better thanks to the Akrapovic exhaust.

PSI is eager to give the same treatment to other BMW applications and welcome you to visit them at precision-sport.com.


[images: Justin Morrison]

Studie Japan Creates GTS Version of BMW 1M Coupe 21
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, Tuners on 06 21st, 2012

We have never witnessed so much respectable tuning of German vehicles in Japan as we do now, especially when a BMW is involved. With that said, Japanese tuner Studie has given the new BMW 1M Coupe the proper GTS treatment with a Fire Orange color and subtle modifications to match.

If you are in tune with the finest that Bavaria has to offer, then you know of the famous Fire Orange BMW M3 GTS. Studie took on this project starting with a Valencia Orange 1M and quickly mimicked the theme of the M3 GTS with a Fire Orange paint job, black wheels, large rear spoiler and a flat black diffuser. Specifically, the Studie project received AP Racing brakes clamping down on large slotted rotors, dark finished BBS RI-D wheels, a revised ECU & Turbocharger, KW Coilover Suspension and an Akrapavic exhaust system just to name a few medications.

Hit up the photo gallery of the updated 1M below.

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[source: BMWBlog]

Drive A New BMW 1 Series M Coupe for Free… On Your PC 4
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1 Series M, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, video, video games on 05 4th, 2012

If you are a car enthusiast like me, chances are you have played your fair share of video games including the Forza Motorsport series, Gran Turismo series games, or even arcade style ones such as Need for Speed or Test Drive. Either way, many of these games have your favorite sports car that you can virtually drive on your big screen at home. BMW wants to give you the opportunity to do the same for specific M vehicles, primarily the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, in a new free PC game.

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe ACR racing game is an exclusive BMW Experience offered online via Autoclubrevolution.com. From the site, PC users are able to download, install and play the game along with their online friends and get the ultimate driving experience behind the screen of your computer wheel of a new BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

The video below demonstrates and summarizes what you should expect in this new game with levels of customization tailored for BMW vehicles. Enjoy The Ultimate Driving Machine!

BMW Halts Production Orders For The 1-Series M 4
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, Kurt, News on 04 4th, 2012

BMW's 1-Series M Coupe. Image: BMW Group

If you’ve been saving your lunch money to put down a deposit on BMW’s 1-Series M coupe, we’ve got bad news for you: you’re time has run out. According to Holland’s De Telegraaf (via Left Lane News), BMW is no longer taking production orders on the coupe that many have proclaimed the second coming of the E30 M3.

The news isn’t surprising, as BMW was clear up front that it would only build the car for a limited time. Plant expansion at BMW’s Leipzig, Germany facility will cause production to end in June, and there are enough 1-Series M orders in the pipeline to keep workers busy until then.

The 1-Series M was intended to be an “affordable” sports car that drew young enthusiast buyers into the BMW family. It launched in the U.S with a sticker price in the mid-to-high $40k range, pricing it beyond the means of most young buyers. Its limited-production status didn’t help, either, and some opportunistic dealers listed 1 Series M models for nearly double the car’s sticker price. Clean examples can still be found, but they’ve already hit collector car status, with pricing to match.

There’s no word yet on whether or not BMW will offer an equivalent model when the new 1-Series is launched. Frankly, we’re hoping to see the M135i Concept that BMW showed in Geneva hit production and land on these shores. While traditional wisdom says that hatchbacks don’t sell well in the United States, we think the M135i would be the exception to that rule.

Video: BMW 1M Coupe Tails BMW M3 GTS Around the Ring 21
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, BMW M3 GTS, Nurburgring, Nurburgring Lap Times, video on 03 21st, 2012

The new BMW 1M Coupe may not be the fastest sports car in a straight line. For many years enthusiasts realized straight-line performance was not BMW’s niche. However, we know that BMW knows a thing or two about perfect balance enabling their M-Motorsport vehicles to out-handle the competition around a racetrack.

In a recent Nurburgring run, automotive enthusiast Andre de Vries (known as ‘AdvEvo’ on many popular automotive forums incl. 1addicts.com), strapped himself in a new BMW 1M Coupe with JRZ suspension and Michelin PS2 tires to tail a new BMW M3 GTS around the ring to complete a Bridge to Gantry (11.9 miles) run. He claims to have posted a Bridge to Gantry run around the Green Hell in 7 minutes 45 seconds. For proof of the run, hit up the exclusive video below.

[sources: BMWBlog, 1addicts]

Fifth Gear Video: Audi RS3 vs. BMW 1 Series M Coupe 24
Posted by Darryl in audi, audi rs3, Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, Fifth Gear, Mark Higgins, Tiff Needell, video on 10 24th, 2011

Probably one of the best looking and best performing small wagon’s on the road, the Audi RS3, is pitted against the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe in Fifth Gear’s latest duel. As it seems in some of the most recent vehicle tests, everyone wants their shot to compete against the BMW 1 M Coupe as if it is a performance benchmark. Actually, BMW is known for being the benchmark setter and the new 1 Series M Coupe should be no different since it brings back some of BMW’s light-and-nimble sports car history. Check out how well the 335 horsepower hot hatchbacks fair’s against each other below with Mark Higgins and Tiff Needell at the helm.

[source: BMWBlog]

BMW 1 Series M Coupe Literally Pushes Precision Driving to Great Heights 29
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1 Series M, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, video on 06 29th, 2011

In the latest bit of propaganda to quench our thurst of that true automotive enthusiast passion that only a BMW can offer, BMW has literally pushed precision driving to even greater heights. As a follow-up to the previous “Walls” video, the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe attempts to push the envelope further by drifting around the world’s highest helipad. We are more than certain we have not seen the last of these exclusive videos for one car that has attempted to singlehandedly bring back that rawness that we once cherished in BMW M vehicles. Enjoy!

[source: BMW Canada Youtube]

Video: Motor Trend Tests New BMW 1 M Coupe against BMW M3 20
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1 Series M, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, BMW M3, video on 06 20th, 2011

How often do you get to witness two machines that are considered to be benchmarks, from the same auto manufacturer, put to the test against each other? Luckily, the guys at Motor Trend attempt to make an amusing test-drive video of Bavaria’s latest iteration of nimble M cars to help us all decide which one is the ultimate performer.

What would your “ultimate driving machine” be… the new BMW M3 or the limited production BMW 1 Series M Coupe? Motor Trend has a new exclusive write-up and video of the two against each other in their own “humorous” test rendition. We are pleased to share the video portion of the test with you below. After watching you must make up your mind and let us know what your choice is by posting a comment below.

[source: Motor Trend]

Car and Driver ‘Chasing Tail’ Video: Audi TT RS vs. BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. Infiniti IPL G Coupe 20
Posted by Larry in audi, Audi TT-RS, Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, Car and Driver, Infiniti, Infiniti G37 IPL, Tail of the Dragon, video on 04 20th, 2011

Car and Driver did the right thing by taking three new sports coupes to the legendary ‘Tail of the Dragon’ road and then to a test track. The new Audi TT RS, BMW 1 Series M Coupe and Infiniti G Coupe IPL were all pitted against each other. Who comes out on top? You may be somewhat surprised and even more surprised with some of the numbers that these cars lay down.

Hit up the video below and be sure to post your opinion below in the comments area!

[source: Car and Driver]

IND Distribution to Develop Jon Sibal Based 1-Series M Coupe CSL Project Car 18
Posted by Larry in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, IND Distribution, Jon Sibal, News, Tuners on 01 18th, 2011

The Chicago-based tuner IND Distribution is known for their exclusive aftermarket modifications to many BMWs, Porsches and Benz. IND utilizes some of the best aftermarket vendors incorporating performance parts from ESS Tuning and Brembo brakes to KW Suspension and Eisenmann. Many of these brands are very familiar not only among BMW enthusiasts but among the whole automotive enthusiast community. Now IND sets out to create a CSL version of the 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe mostly based from the infamous ‘Photoshop-tuner’, Jon Sibal’s latest rendering.

Sibal has designed some of the most intricate renderings for performance vehicles leaving an impression on aftermarket vendors to make his digital renditions a reality. The Alpine White BWM 1 Series M Coupe with CLS graphics is yet another notch in Sibal’s belt of design and IND is here to bring it to fruition.

The Alpine White BMW 1 Series M Coupe CSL project by IND will feature many aftermarket enhancements from the previously mentioned aftermarket vendors taking the newest M-Car from BMW to a new level. More details will be available as time comes closer for IND’s project development.

[sources: Jon Sibal, MotorWorldHype]

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Official Details and Images Released 10
Posted by Larry in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, BMW 135i, featured, News on 12 10th, 2010

After the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was unveiled in the exclusive BMW track video, BMW has released official details and images of this highly anticipated sports coupe from the Motorsports division of BMW.

BMW has said that the 1 Series M Coupe would have characteristics that remind enthusiasts of the old E30 M3 because of its smaller size making it nimble and capable of record setting lap times in its class. Although the weight of the 1 Series M Coupe is nothing near its older E30 M3 sibling, by today’s standards it is very trackable and will fill the empty stables for those needing an affordable track car that can also be driven daily.

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe will feature a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 producing 335 horsepower and 332 foot-pounds of torque. The max torque kicks in at a very low 1500 rpm and rides up to 4,500 rpm. Power is directed only through a standard 6-speed manual transmission, which is the way we had hoped things would remain. The 1 Series M Coupe comes with a secret weapon in the form of a deadly punch ‘overboost’ function, that when enabled, would briefly produce an additional 37 lb-ft of torque totaling 369 foot-pounds. This would give the little M coupe the ability to sprint to 60mph from a standstill in 4.7 seconds. Quarter mile times come in at 13.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

As you can already tell from the images, the 1 Series M Coupe has the same wheels from its bigger M3 Competition Package sibling featuring 19-inch wheels wrapped in 245/35/R19 front and 265/35/R19 rear tires.

As far as the 1 Series M Coupe clipping current E92 BMW M3 sales remains to be seen. We will have to wait for the 1 Series M Coupe to actually go on sale around Spring of 2011.

Check out new images and the full press release for additional information on the new 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe!

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Official Press Release

The All-New BMW 1 Series M Coupe

The return of “Eigenwillig.”

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 9, 2010, 6pm EST… With anticipation of enthusiasts around the world at fever pitch, today BMW M GmbH unveiled the newest member of its intimate product family. For the first time, the coveted M badge has been granted to the popular BMW 1 Series in the form of the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The M badge was imparted after a two-year development process through which BMW M engineers and test drivers achieved the exceptional power delivery and the signature, near-perfect driving behavior of a BMW M car. The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be available in limited quantities and with a limited range of options at Authorized BMW Centers in Spring, 2011. Final pricing, packages, and options will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

“Eigenwillig,” a German word meaning “self-willed,” “individual,” and “determined to go its own way,” has been the proper word to describe the most unique and memorable M cars of the past three decades. With the original 1988 BMW M3 as its inspiration, the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe combines the raw capabilities of a race car with the agility, versatility, and seating position of a compact BMW Coupe to create a pure Ultimate Driving Machine®. In doing so, the 1 Series M Coupe continues the eigenwillig tradition of BMW M. With its latest two-door model, BMW M is illustrating its ability to build race car performance into a small car, capable of everyday use.

Dimensions and Construction

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe has been developed for near-perfect balance and a large, square footprint. It is 71 inches (1803mm) wide – 4.8 inches (122mm) wider than its 1988 M3 ancestor – yet only 1.3 inches (33mm) longer at 172.4 inches (4379mm) long. The new 1 Series M Coupe weighs in at 1,495kg DIN (3,296 lbs, preliminary), and features a 104.7-inch (2659mm) wheelbase, three inches longer than the 1988 M3. Front and rear track widths are exactly the same on the 1 Series M Coupe at 60.7 inches (1542mm) each. Compared to the 2011 BMW 135i Coupe, the 1 Series M Coupe is 0.2 inches (5mm) longer, 2.1 inches (53mm) wider, 0.5 inches (13mm) taller, and rides on the same 104.7 inch (2659mm) wheelbase. It features a track 2.8 inches (71mm) wider up front and 1.8 inches (46mm) wider in the rear, and weighs 35kg DIN (77 lbs, preliminary) less.

The new 1 Series M Coupe features a high-strength steel unibody, with unique, widened fenders and rear quarter panels to house the substantially widened track. It also features a metal roof panel which saves about 35 lbs (15kg) compared to BMW 1 Series models equipped with a moonroof. The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, constructed as one of BMW’s most performance-oriented vehicles in recent years, will not be offered with a moonroof. This weight savings – at the tallest point of the vehicle – provides a corresponding drop in the center of gravity, which contributes to improved driving dynamics. It also helps maximize head room (or helmet room, as the case may be).

Engineering a chassis which is “faster than its engine”

Providing sure-footed responsive handling for a high-performance, powerful and luxurious coupe, while keeping mass under control, presented numerous challenges for BMW M’s engineers. The result is an aluminum suspension originally conceived for the current-generation M3, and tuned specifically for this model at BMW M’s Nϋrburgring Nordschleife test center. Of course, every BMW design begins with arranging major components in a way that facilitates near-perfect front/rear weight balance (51.7/48.3).

Virtually all of the front-end components are aluminum, including the front struts, swivel bearings, central subframe and an additional thrust panel below the engine serving to maximize lateral stiffness of the entire front section.

At the rear axle, the subframe, transverse arms, track arms, and wheel hubs have been reconfigured by M for ideal kinematics, geometry and stiffness. Virtually every detail on the five-arm rear axle is made of aluminum and is new for this generation of BMW M vehicles, including the aluminum dampers.

Both the front and rear axles feature hollow anti-roll bars optimized for their function and weight. Incorporating two additional longitudinal reinforcement bars, axle kinematics are perfectly tailored to the overall street and track character of the car. The result, in terms of both stability and weight, conforms to the balanced performance concept of every BMW M vehicle.

Compound Brakes and Wheels

A suitably powerful braking system for a car with this much performance was originally developed for the current-generation BMW M3. The internally-vented, cross-drilled cast iron discs measure 14.2 inches (360mm) in diameter at the front and 13.8 inches (350mm) in the rear. Featuring large compound disc brakes and electronic anti-lock, stopping power for the 1 Series M Coupe is strong, precise and consistent. Each disc is connected to a floating aluminum hub by cast-in stainless-steel pins. This configuration reduces the thermal loads on the discs, thus increasing their performance and service life. An electrically-driven pump provides the system’s vacuum power.

Service – and safety – are enhanced thanks to an integrated wear indicator which, through a dash display, allows the driver to monitor the condition of the brake linings. Brake service – covered for four years or 50,000 miles under BMW Ultimate Service – can thus be administered when necessary without guesswork.

The 1 Series M Coupe is equipped with the M-specific, light-alloy cross-spoke wheels from the M3 Competition Package and limited-production M3 GTS. They measure 19 x 9 inches with 245/35/R19 low-profile tires at the front and 19 x 10 inches with 265/35/R19 tires at the rear, and are silver in color.

In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, power transmission to the rear wheels also provides the ideal basis for thrilling driving dynamics due to the consistent separation of drivetrain and steering functions. The rack-and-pinion steering is fitted with the hydraulic power steering system called Servotronic, which regulates boost in relation to road speed.


The heart of every BMW is the engine, and so an inline-6 with outstanding performance, free-revving behavior, and endless thrust propels the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The concept is familiar: in the model history of BMW M, the high-revving inline-6 is one of the classic engine formats. In the second and third generations of BMW M3, the inline-6 became famous for combining high output, razor-sharp response, and sonorous sounds. In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the inline-6 engine concept is realized in its most up-to-date form.

The twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine is characterized by instantaneous response to the accelerator pedal, fantastic sounds, and a free-revving spirit. The combination of twin low-mass turbochargers and BMW’s High Precision direct injection offers an output a naturally-aspirated engine would only be able to provide through more cylinders and larger displacement.

The turbocharger system developed for the engine of the new 1 Series M Coupe maintains a high output throughout the entire engine speed range. Maximum output of 335 hp (250 kW) is delivered at 5,900 rpm. Nominal peak torque is 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Redline is 7,000 rpm. The enhanced engine management system of the 1 Series M Coupe includes an electronically-controlled overboost function to briefly increase torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft (50 Nm). This temporary torque peak of 369 lb-ft gives the car a substantial increase in acceleration. The 1 Series M Coupe will complete the sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds (0-100 kmh in 4.9 seconds). The standing quarter-mile mark comes up in 13.2 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 155 mph (250 kmh).

Signature sound to accompany the surge of power

The exhaust system of the 1 Series M Coupe has been tuned by M specifically for this new model. Acoustic engineering gives the car a unique personality in all phases of operation. The M exhaust system is easily recognized by the presence of its four signature exhaust pipes.

M Drive Button

The new 1 Series M Coupe also features the steering wheel-mounted M Drive button that made its first appearance in the 2006 M5. In the 1 Series M Coupe, the M Button activates a razor-sharp throttle response program for the sportiest driving. This means that the performance characteristics of the engine can be varied according to the driver’s wishes.

6-speed Manual Transmission

A close ratio 6-speed manual transmission is used for power transmission to the rear wheels in the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. It was specially designed to interact with high-torque engines and has been fitted for this purpose with a dry sump cooling system. An upgraded flywheel for high-torque applications is installed between the engine and transmission. The transmission is operated using a very short M gearshift lever. Final drive ratio is 3.15: 1.

Variable M differential lock, DSC with M Dynamic Mode

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is fitted with a variable M differential lock. This generates lock-up torque on-demand and variably, thus providing for optimum rear-wheel drive traction on all road surfaces. The variable M differential lock responds to differences in rotational speeds in the right and left rear wheel, redirecting drive torque in a fraction of a second. So where there are significant differences in friction coefficients between the right and left rear wheel, for example, optimum traction and maximum possible propulsion are ensured. The centrifuge principle of the variable M differential lock supports the dynamic qualities of rear-wheel drive both on slippery surfaces and when accelerating out of bends.

This gives the BMW 1 Series M Coupe traction benefits on slippery surfaces, snow and sand. It also supports sporty-style motoring on narrow, winding roads such as mountain passes since optimum traction and maximum drive torque are available when accelerating out of a bend. So in this model, too, the variable M differential lock proves ideal support for the driving dynamics properties of rear-wheel drive.

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe includes such elements as the Antilock Brake System (ABS), an anti-slip control function (ASC), the brake assistant Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), a hill-hold assistant for starting off, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), a brake fade compensation function and a brake drying function. In the wet or on slippery surfaces the DSC intervenes discreetly to limit oversteer.

As an alternative to normal operating status, the driver can activate M Dynamic Mode (MDM) by means of pushing the MDM Button between the front air vents, raising the intervention thresholds of the DSC system. MDM enables slight amounts of dynamic oversteer under specific circumstances to enable optimum vehicle yaw for maximum performance. Demonstrations at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, S.C. have proven MDM mode to enable the fastest-possible lapping performance while still providing the assurance and protection of Dynamic Stability Control. MDM also facilitates starting off in snow or loose surfaces by means of carefully controlled amounts of wheelspin. DSC may be fully disabled via a long-press of the MDM button (ABS remains active).

Innovative Aerodynamics: Air Curtains

Consistency between form and function is crucial to engineers at BMW M, who seek perfect balance of various aerodynamic factors in the wind tunnel. As a result, the 1 Series M Coupe has been equipped with BMW’s latest aerodynamic innovation. Air curtains, used here for the first time in a BMW production vehicle, improve air flow around the wheel arches with the benefit of significantly reduced turbulence.

This innovative aerodynamic feature consists of openings in the outer section of the lower front fascia that route high-pressure air through ducts at each front corner. The ducts are approximately 10 x 3 centimeters wide and are designed to channel air to openings at the front of each wheel arch, where it is discharged through a very narrow opening at high speed. The escaping air stream covers the side of the front wheels like a curtain, thereby reducing aerodynamically unfavorable turbulence around the rotating wheels.

This feature has a key role to play in the development of future aerodynamic innovations. An example of the air curtain principle was first presented in the concept study BMW Vision EfficientDynamics at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in 2009, and the developers of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe took on the pioneering task of applying this element to a production vehicle. To do so, they utilized the unique capabilities of the new full-scale “rolling road” Aerolab wind tunnel at the BMW Group’s new Aerodynamic Testing Center.


There are three exterior paint finishes to choose from for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. In addition to Alpine White non-metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic, Valencia Orange Metallic is available exclusively for this compact high-performance sports car.

The powerfully shaped front fascia is dominated by three large air intakes which secure cooling air for the high-performance engine. The wide central air intake is covered by a honeycomb-structured grille, while the two outer intakes are completely open. This means that in every situation on the road or track, a sufficiently large quantity of cooling air is fed directly to the engine oil cooler on the right and to the supplemental coolant radiator on the left.

With the greenhouse conveying an impression of lightness, the powerfully distinctive shoulder line and the elaborately sculpted surfaces symbolize precisely controllable athleticism in profile. The wheel arches of the 2-door model bulge out especially voluminously at both the front and rear. One hallmark M feature is the chrome gill element on the front wheel arch which is particularly elongated. It bears the side turn indicator and the M brand logo, as well as forming the starting point of the character line running along the door handles to the rear. A vertical contour edge starts at the gill element which leads down to the side sill. Fine-tuning in the wind tunnel has also shaped the design of the exterior mirrors. In their basic shape they are the same as those of the BMW M3.

The powerful wheel arches also make the rear of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe seem especially broad. Horizontally arranged lines accentuate this impression. A discreet spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid generates additional downforce on the rear axle at high speeds. The rear fascia has side openings which echo the look of the Air Curtain intakes in the front fascia. The characteristic M visual symmetry is created by two sets of chrome twin tailpipes, each positioned towards the outer edges. L-shaped rear light clusters with red glass covers create a characteristic night-time illumination. Inside these, the rear light is provided by two light banks fed by LED units.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe features standard Xenon Adaptive headlamps. The twin circular headlights are truncated in the upper section by an LED-fed “eyebrow.” This is what creates the focused look of the 1 Series M Coupe.

Focused Interior

The M-specific cockpit developed exclusively for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is designed to facilitate focused, sporty driving. High-quality, dark Alcantara with orange contrast stitching covers the door panels, door pulls, instrument cluster binnacle, dash panel, and gearshift and handbrake lever boots. The driver’s attention is focuses on an M-specific instrument cluster with gray dials, classic M red pointers, and white backlighting. An M driver footrest and M entry sills round off the unique interior.

The black sport seats in standard Boston leather have orange contrasting stitching and an M logo embossed in the front of each headrest. Seat heating is available for both front seats. The orange contrast stitching is also echoed on the rear seats and on all design elements featuring Alcantara. The leather M multifunction steering wheel features the now-ubiquitous M Button for spontaneous activation of the sharpest throttle response and M Dynamic Mode of DSC.

The dominance of dark surfaces, including the A pillar trim and anthracite headliner reduces sun glare and promotes focus on the road. In combination with high-quality materials, carefully planned contours, and selective color accents, the interior of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe provides a perfect environment in which to pursue driving pleasure.

Safety Equipment

BMW passionately pursues a safety philosophy with three key modes: a) superior accident avoidance, b) superior crash survivability, and c) comprehensive post-crash notification. The 1 Series M Coupe features an extensive range of standard equipment which underscores BMW’s safety research culture. Standard safety features include front, pelvis-thorax and side curtain head airbags, three-point automatic seatbelts for all seats with belt force limiters and belt pretensioners at the front. Models equipped with BMW Assist feature BMW’s Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification, which alerts authorities when an airbag deployment has occurred. Furthermore, data from on-board safety systems is processed and analyzed through the proprietary URGENCY algorithm so that the vehicle may provide the BMW Assist call center with special notice when occupants are likely to have sustained severe injury.

[source: BMW]

Video: BMW 1 Series M Coupe Finally Revealed 9
Posted by Larry in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, BMW 135i, featured, News on 12 9th, 2010

The wraps are officially off of one of the most highly anticipated sports-coupes to come out, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. BMW has released an exclusive video showing the BMW 1 Series M Coupe in action. We expect 340 horsepower or more from the turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine coupled with impeccable handling characteristics. Check out the video below to get your heart pumping. Enjoy!

[source: BMW YouTube channel]

Latest Rendering: BMW 1-Series M Coupe 8
Posted by Larry in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, News, Rendering on 10 8th, 2010

‘Sneaky Sneaky’… that’s what a few of the guys here at AutomotiveAddicts.com thought about me posting the images of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. But this photo is not the actual thing, it is a rendering. This is probably the best rendering so far of the upcoming BMW 1-Series M Coupe with which the ‘photoshop-artist’ did an amazing job. If you are from BMW looking at this post please don’t report us… this is a photoshop-job I swear!

[source: The BMW Blogger via Bimmerpost]

BMW 1-Series M Coupe Rendered 9
Posted by Larry in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, featured, News on 09 9th, 2010

BMW is still slowing teasing everyone with a small sliver of the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe. A few new renderings have been created since then. One interesting looking one comes from 1addicts forum member Alpine325ci.

The new renderings comes as enthusiasts can’t wait to see the full 1-Series M Coupe in its new skin. Underneath the 1-Series M Coupe will likely be the twin-turbo N54 inline-six cylinder engine producing around 345hp connected to a six-speed manual transmission.

[source: 1addicts]

Comparison Preview Renderings: BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. Audi RS3 23
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in audi, audi rs3, Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, featured, News, Rendering on 07 23rd, 2010

Our friends at BMWBlog posted new renderings from TopSpeed of the upcoming BMW 1 Series M Coupe alongside of the Audi RS3. This could be a new rivalry building up against two premium German pocket-rockets. In terms of a numbers battle, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe will have between 340-350 horsepower from its turbocharged inline 6-cyl. The new Audi RS3 is rumored to get with the same 2.5-liter 5-cyl turbocharged engine from the Audi TT RS that makes 340 horsepower.

Of course as an Audi tradition the RS3 will have a QUATTRO all-wheel-drive system which makes us think the RS3 will be considerably heavier than the rear-wheel-drive 1 Series M Coupe. The 1 Series M Coupe is likely to only get a 6-speed manual while the RS3 may get the option of a S Tronic dual-clutch tranny.

Who would win in an out-right drag race? What about around the track? Only time will tell once these two marvels hit the streets.

[sources: BMWBlog vis TopSpeed]