Powerbeast’s 1M coupe is no stranger to attention, having been featured as one of our BMWs of the month recently. But, it’s about to get as much attention as an 1M coupe can, having donned a Dakar Yellow coat as its newest wardrobe choice.
Dakar Yellow was last offered by BMW as a standard color for the Z3 M roadster/coupe but we still see it from time to time on late model BMWs from enthusiasts looking to give their cars a unique color, either by ordering it via BMW Individual or painting/wrapping in the aftermarket. HERE are some examples - mostly M3s.
Now for the details. Here’s the official specs/modifications list for Powerbeast’s 1M:
2011 BMW 1M
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See the now famous 1-series-to-1M V8 conversion in action at a Red Bull drift race, in which it took first place. It’s piloted by one of Egypt’s top race car drivers - Rami Serry.
The car has now been sold to a famous oil and additives German company LIQUI MOLY EGYPT, which bought the car for their marketing, advertising and events purposes.
We’ve seen some major conversions and projects from our 1 series owners and this is one of the best yet. One 1ADDICTS member has taken his E82 120d and converted it into a 1M-bodied car with the S65 V8 engine from the M3!!
In addition to the engine transplant, the car had to have custom bodywork on rear fenders, 1M body panels fitted, M3/1M suspension fitted, exhaust made to fit the new body, and 1M 19″ wheels. The icing on the cake was retrofitting the second generation i-Drive.
Check out its photos and videos inside.
Site member and renowned driver Advevo shows how much driving skill equalizes the power and performance difference between cars. The 1M is no slouch but on paper it gives up much to the lightweight M3 GTS, but Advevo manages to keep it a very close race on this Nurbrugring lap.
This lap by Advevo in his 1M was completed in just 7.45, an impressive task in and of itself.
German tuner Hartge has released its tuning program and cosmetic upgrades for the 1 series M coupe.
For more power, the Hartge ECU tune for the 1M’s N54 engine paired with its sports exhaust system pushes the 1M’s power from the factory 335hp/332lb-ft to 396hp and 391lb-ft torque.
The resulting real-world performance increase? According to Hartge, their 1M goes from 0-200kmh (124mph) in 11.34 seconds (a 2.18 second increase over the factory 1M’s 13.52 seconds). On top of that, there’s an increase in efficiency of 0.5L/km less consumption than the factory 1M.
Cosmetic aero parts include a trunk spoiler and roof spoiler.
The results are in from Car and Driver’s sixth annual Lightning Lap Tests @ Virginia International Raceway (VIR).
BMWs tested in this year’s Lightning Lap include the 1M coupe, 335is, X5 M, and Z4 sDrive35is. How did each model fare? See inside.
No, this isn’t a shot from outside the Leipzig factory where the 1M was manufactured. This is from a Southern California 1ADDICTS meet where no less than 20 1M coupes gathered this past weekend for a meet & greet. No surprise as the SoCal area is likely to have the biggest concentration of 1Ms in any single geographic area in the world. Check out the great photos inside.
The first 1M + 1-series 1addicts Family get together in Australia was held in Sydney, Australia recently at the Dose Espresso cafe on the Northshore. A good turnout from the local and not so local BMW community.
We have finally been able to obtain a final US 1M production figure for all those curious. The final count for US 1Ms was 740 units, per BMWNA M Manager, Matt Russell
The very first one imported was the Valencia Orange 1M Pace Car which debuted at the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona.
We received some insight at the Detroit NAIAS as to the reason the 1M production run wasn’t extended into the 2012 model year. It was not due to any issues related to engine/emissions certification, but simply because BMW could not get enough MY2012 production to justify homologation. This had the added benefit of preserving the exclusivity and value of the 2011 1M models.