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The options pricing for the 1M coupe has been released today. Check inside for the full list.

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Here is part two of M-Power’s series of technical articles on the 1M. Following Part One which focussed on engine and transmission, this article centers around the suspension and limited slip differential.

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Word has come down to dealers that 1M coupe US allocations will begin next week, on February 16th. A disappointing bit of news for ED intent customers is that the european delivery orders will come out of dealer stock and cannot be reserved separately by the european delivery department.

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The valencia orange 1M coupe continues to make its rounds at the U.S. autoshows, this time on display at the 2011 Chicago Autoshow which kicked off yesterday. Although the valencia orange 1M has already been photographed often, these are the first photos showing the 1M coupe’s full undercarriage (by use of a full length under-mirror).

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We bring an update on the ongoing saga surrounding 1M availability/production figures. Since the 1M was first announced, BMW USA had stated that the 1M will be available ‘in limited quantities’, which prompted rampant rumor and speculation. We have recently received some some clarification from BMW North America on the matter.

The official word from BMWNA currently on the 1M availability is that will be “unlimited but hard to get.” We can confirm that the reason for this is due to the production capacity at the Leipzig … CONTINUED

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M-Power.com just released the first out of three articles about the technical details on the 1-series M Coupe. Here are the highlights at a glance:

“Newly designed piston rings are used in the engine. The two turbo chargers use turbines made from high tensile steel and will easily withstand temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Celsius.”

“The compact six-speed transmission with dry sump lubrication is a new development and has a weight of just 43 kg – much lighter than similar gearboxes.”

“Because the drive shaft is also … CONTINUED

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Here is a great compilation video of the 1-series M coupe performing its pace car duties at the recently concluded Daytona 24 hours race. The 1M has always looked great even stationary at autoshows, but takes on an even sportier persona when in motion. Check out the video inside.

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Ok, you cant see that much. Seems like the camera man drives a pretty fast car and the 1M pretty handly outpaces him :)

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Autos.sympatico.ca interviewed M division boss Dr. Kay Segler at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit. They posed some direct questions, many of which our very own members have often asked and are most interested in. Below are their most poignant questions and Dr. Segler’s responses.

Chris Neville Reviews 1M on SPEED

01/30/2011 at 3:29 PM
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Chris Neville, host on SPEED’s broadcast of the 24 Hours at Daytona Grand-Am Rolex race, got some track time behind the 1M coupe at Daytona International Speedway. He provided his review in a short segment during which he glows about the upcoming baby M. Neville praises the 1M’s quick tun in ability and left-right transition from its short wheelbase, ability to stick to tarmac on turns, tight and smooth grearbox, and braking ability.

Chris Neville is no stranger to performance cars, as he has been a former … CONTINUED

BMW 1M Spotted at Schipol Airport

01/30/2011 at 2:06 PM
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Here’s yet another sighting of the 1M coupe, this time at the Schipol Airport (KLM Cargo area) in the Netherlands. Schipol airport appears to be a great place for BMW prototype/pre-production sightings, as an M5 test mule was just recently spotted there.

Although we have now seen tons of photos of the 1M coupe in Valencia Orange, additional pics of this color in different lightings and conditions are nevertheless helpful as Valencia Orange has been a difficult color to photograph and describe. Its extremely metallic look and … CONTINUED

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The 1M coupe serves as a great subject for a photo centerfold – auto erotica for us BMW enthusiasts if you will. Top Gear is the first magazine we have seen to have photographed and featured the 1M exclusively, and it’s a stunning spread. Full scans inside.