BMW Car Magazine undertakes a fraternal twins rivalry comparison in pitting HP Autowerks’ BMW 1M coupe against its tuned 135i coupe.
The tuned 135i coupe is equipped with DCT transmission and tuned to be 400+ HP / 420 lb-ft torque with piggyback tune, intake tubing, M3 suspension arms/bushings, coilovers, and exhaust system.
So do all these upgrades to the tuned 135i make it ‘better’ than the factory 1M coupe? Read on inside to see how they compare.
Missed the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas? No worries, Johnny Lin provides us with a mega gallery of BMW models at the event (along with some other fine looking German vehicles). Hope you got the bandwidth to keep up =)
Studie is perhaps the most well known Japanese tuner of BMWs with their generally reserved, but still attactive modified cars. They’ve now undertaken their project 1M coupe and the first aspects they’ve tackled is the handling and reducing unsprung weight.
They’ve fitted the 1M with KW Clubsport suspension and replaced the factory wheels with 19″ BBS RI-D wheels, which weigh just 15.9 F / 16.5 R pounds, a saving of 40.8 pounds of unsprung weight over the stock wheels!
Judging by Studie’s tendencies, we should also soon see some cosmetic aero parts fitted to their 1M.
H&R has assembled a showcase BMW 1M Coupe for this week’s SEMA show and it’s an exercise in restrained tuning. Keeping it simple and classic (vintage even), this project 1M is limited to a few high-end performance parts
Check out this first matte finished BMW 1M coupe! It’s been wrapped in a matte gray Lamborghini color and the wheels have been sprayed Nogaro Silver for a darker gunmetal effect to match the new gray color of the car.
The changes don’t end there however, as the interior has been fitted with a full racing roll bar. The 1Ms already great handling is also being upgraded with a set of Grand Am coilovers. Be sure to subscribe to the thread for future build updates.
Revozport has released real life images of its BMW 1M coupe Raze Kit. RevoZport claims a weight reduction of 60kg (132lb) from the entire kit, which is no insignificant amount of weight saved. That figure improves the 1M coupe’s power-to-weight ratio from 9.8lb/hp to 9.36lb/hp.
Parts list, details, photos, and pricing are detailed inside.
Every year, the crew at IND makes their annual pilgrimage to Germany not to simply take a trip or take a vacation, but to remember why they work at IND – to reaffirm their commitment and love for sports cars.
As before, this year’s trip took them from Eisenmann’s Stuttgart based manufacturing facility, to the Frankfurt IAA, to the Nurburgring. Check out the German automotive adventure they have along the way in their excellent journal inside.
Official preliminary specs on the Akrapovic exhaust systems for the BMW 1M Coupe have finally been released by Akrapovic, at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA. There are two exhaust systems available – an axle back and a cat back system. The preliminary figures indicate a +15hp / +19Nm tq gain, with a 16kg weight reduction over the factory 1M exhaust system. Videos, pics, specs are inside.
German tuning company Manhart Racing has now unveiled its MH1 Biturbo, which showcases their 1M coupe customization program.
The Manhart 1M coupe generates 415hp via an ECU software tune, custom exhaust system (3,799 euro) with stainless steel silencers (1,890 euro), and downpipes (799 euro).
To compliment the extra performance, the 1M has been given more a aggressive look with a full aero kit. The aero kit includes a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and mirror covers.
The wheels are Concave One forged wheels – 9x20F and 10.5x20R. The program also includes coilovover suspension for enhanced handling.
The complete Manhart 1M coupe upgrade program will cost 27,198 euro.