East Coasters keep your eyes peeled on I-95 today! A 1M coupe has taken to I-95 (southbound) for long-distance highway test and break-in. This is the first that a fully undisguised 1M coupe has been seen and photographed in public.
Only 20 days after its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe will appear at the Daytona International Speedway as official pace car alongside the legendary BMW M3 for the 49thRolex 24 at Daytona, January 28th-30th. The 1 Series M Coupe’s arrival at Daytona is one of few special opportunities for fans to see BMW’s newest M model before it goes on sale in May.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe pace car will carry an on-board SPEED television camera to give viewers a unique eye on the twice-around-the-clock action. With a 335 horsepower inline-6 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, and the suspension and brakes from the M3 Competition Package, no modifications to the 1 … CONTINUED
Here is a new video featuring Dr. Kay Segler, BMW M Brand Manager, giving a quick walk through of the 1M that was featured at the Detroit Autoshow. There is nothing new or spectacular fact wise in this video, but I still like it, because the video captures some of the car’s angles very well. And lets face it, I can’t see enough of the 1M in Vallencia Orange.
The video itself is a good 5:35 long and Dr. Segler makes a point to mention that this car is truly a driver’s car and that it is basicly an M3 underneath the sheetmetal, with M3 parts. But enough about the car, you already know about it, onto the video!
The last color (Black Sapphire Metallic) of the 1M color trifecta is finally seen here, from the pages of Playboy. This time we do admit that we read Playboy for the images. Only Valencia Orange and Alpine White have been seen so far and displayed publicly at auto shows. Hopefully, the BSM 1M coupe will be displayed publicly soon as well.
Well, during the Detroit Autoshow, Autoblog got to ask Dr. Kay Segler a few questions about the 1M. The main topic of the conversation seems to have revolved around the affordability of the car, and how the 1M is the least expensive car BMW M has ever sold.
But what I found most interesting is Autoblog reporting that Dr. Segler definitively confirmed the BMW 1M is not limited in overall production numbers. He did qualify the statement by saying, “But they will be hard to get.”
There you have it, no production limit.
Here are the best photos yet of the Alpine White 1M Coupe, courtesy of forum member Rob Shaw from the Brussels Motor Show. These high quality hi-res photos show as much details as we have seen of the white 1M coupe. Rob, an M3 owner remarked how the seats are very comfortable and sporty – like M3 seats.
Here it is, the muscles in brussels. The Alpine White 1M has been photgraphed here by the boys over on Autoblog.nl. In all honesty, the Alpine White is really growing on me. Generally, I think photos never portray Alpine White quite the way it looks in person, but in this case, the photos came out nice and I have to say, I’m becoming a fan on AW 1Ms. Hopefully someone can get out there and get some video as well? If you follow the source link, they have the full high resolution version of these pictures!
As the 2011 NAIAS press days have wrapped up, BMW has provided this overview of the 1-series family debuts at the auto show. Most notably, Dr. Kay Segler speaks a bit about the 1M coupe.
We have posted yesterday’s full BMW press conference from the 2011 NAIAS at Detroit. Ian Robertson presented a state of the company address, as well as introducing the all new 6-series cabrio, 1M coupe, 1-series LCI, and the 2011 X3. View the press conference inside.