The Great American Roadtrip in the 1m Coupe, by 1ADDICTS member sergeremi.
So a few months ago I had solicited some ideas on a road trip during a free week I had in October. The thread can be found here. Originally I had planned to drive up the East Coast to the Vermont/New Hampshire area to do some leaf peeping and driving around the country back roads. But then there was a mention of US 129 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rest as they say was history.
After 69 driving hours, 3362 miles, 8 states and 2 countries, below are the results.
BMW M is now offering something for the first time ever - custom polo shirts for owners. Per BMW:
The BMW 1 Series M Coupé was only built 6309 times. This means that every owner is a member of a small, exclusive family - and in future these individuals will be able to recognise each other at events etc. more easily by wearing a special polo shirt.
The Manager Design M Automobiles, Pierre Leclercq has created a polo shirt which is to be made available exclusively to the owners of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé. He presents it in the video (see inside).
Each of the Exclusive BMW 1 M Coupé Owner’s Polo Shirts is made especially for the owner. On the left-hand sleeve it bears … CONTINUED
UK 1M owners from 1ADDICTS had their largest owners meet yet yesterday at the Ace Cafe. Over 18 1Ms were in attendance, along with a 1M 123d replica and a 135i.
Those in attendance have begun posting their photos and videos, so check them out inside.
BIMMERPOST member Advevo, Andre de Vries, a race car driver and BMW enthusiast shows off his driving skills and the 1M coupe’s control in some great drifting action at the Papenburg Test Track, a track usually reserved strictly for testing cars in development.
Headed by former Brabham Racing employees, Alpha-N is a company focusing on the development of carbon body components in addition to the maintenance as of all BT vehicles (Brabham Racing). Their latest creation is the 1M RS (based on the BMW 1M coupe).
It features a ventilated carbon hood, front fascia add-on carbon lower spoilers, carbon roof, carbon luggage lid spoiler and a carbon rear fascia diffuser.
For engine performance, Alpha-N offers basic upgrades which consist of a remapped ECU, new air intake and exhaust system, all of which provide an addition 70 HP (51 kW / 69 bhp) over the serial 340 HP (250 kW / 335 bhp) for a total of 410 HP (302 kW / 404 bhp).
Other upgrades include a MAC high-performance braking system … CONTINUED
South African Car Magazine Shootout episode pitted the BMW 1M versus the Audi RS3. Quattro grip versus M Power verve. See the results inside.
Bavaria Performance based in Munich, Germany has put together an impressive 135i to 1M conversion by way of the Prior Design 135i widebody kit and a full compliment of BMW Performance parts goodies and LCI facelift retrofit items.
The most interesting modification to us however, is the tachometer from the E90/E92 M3! Full list of modifications:
Prior 1er M Coupe front bumper
Prior 1er M Coupe rear bumper
Prior 1er M Coupe front fenders
Prior 1er M Coupe side skirts
Prior 1er M Coupe rear fender flares
BMW 1er M Coupe mirrors
BMW 1er M Coupe M359 matt black (what??)
BMW 1er M Coupe turn signals including black housing
BMW 1er M Coupe Emblem
BMW PERFORMANCE kidney grils
BMW PERFORMANCE performance kit
BMW PERFORMANCE Heckspoiler Carbon
BMW PERFORMANCE brakes
BMW PERFORMANCE seats
BMW PERFORMANCE e-brake lever/boot
BMW PERFORMANCE short shift kit
BMW PERFORMANCE … CONTINUED
Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar gives us his thoughts on his BMW 1M coupe long term tester. It seems that the 1M coupe has grown on Sutcliffe over time as his review is glowing. Video inside.