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, … CONTINUED
The crew at Top Gear has presented their 2011 Top Gear Awards, and host Richard Hammond has selected the BMW 1M coupe as his pick for the Car of the Year!
As he puts it, nothing else comes close to the BMW 1 Series M Coupe for steerable, chuckable, laugh-out-loud lunacy…
Check out Hammond’s full thoughts on the BMW 1M inside.
Ok, so Playboy isn’t the auto enthusiasts’ first publication of choice when it comes to automotive expertise, but which of us with Y chromosomes can’t help but pay extra attention when Playboy is mentioned together with BMW
The BMW 1M Coupe has made the 2012 Playboy Cars of Year List. Public voting is currently underway to determine the single best car of the year (according to the public), so click through and get your eye candy… I mean your votes in.
Owners of the E82 1 series who want the aggressive looks of the BMW 1M coupe now have a full aero kit package option.
Prior design has released its 1 Series PDM1 Widebody Kit, a full bodykit which gives a standard 1-series the look of the BMW 1M coupe.
The PDM1 package includes:
Prior-Design PDM1-WB front bumper (fits all bmw 1-Series E82 models except 1M)
Prior-Design PDM1-WB side skirts (2X) (fits all bmw 1-Series E82 models except 1M)
Check out this beautifully produced feature video by a 1M owner/fan featuring his 1M coupe cruising and playing on the streets and roads of Poland.
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.
GC Automobile, a French racing team which builds silhouette race cars has taken a standard BMW 1M coupe and converted it into a radical looking race car, with a new heart. That new heart is an American Chevy V8 engine tuned by Sodemo Development to produce a maximum output of 550HP.
Here is what we know to be the world’s first Monte Carlo Blue 1M coupe. No, it didn’t come from the factory this way (although we know many a 1M enthusiast who wishes there was a blue color option in addition to black, white, and valencia orange) as no Individual options were available on the 1Ms.
A 1ADDICTS member was among those who pined for a blue 1M, so he sought out aftermarket alternatives – vinyl wrapping. The result is a beautiful and … CONTINUED
iND reveals their latest BMW build – a BMW 1M coupe for a BMW fanatic.
Check out the entire build story inside.
TOPCAR stacks the BMW 1M coupe against the Cayman R and Audi RS3. Read on to see how the 1M compares to some of Germany’s finest small sporty competitors in its segment.
Follow a 1M owner’s european delivery journal and experience it vicariously through his more than 100 photos from the trip through Europe.
Remember the dealer PDI 1M coupe joyride fiasco experienced by one of our 1ADDICTS members?
News now comes that the Los Angeles Country district attorney’s office has filed misdemeanor charges against the two former Pacific BMW employees for their actions. This stems from a joyride that the two men took in the not-yet-delivered BMW 1 Series M coupe down the residential streets of Glendale, CA.
A video of the ride (some of which can be seen below) was then posted by the men on YouTube.
According to the … CONTINUED
Tiff Needell has been a regular special guest at the Top Gear Live events and this year he makes his grand entrance in rubber burning style by drifting a BMW 1M coupe around the indoor track. Check out the hoonage inside.
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 … CONTINUED
The ever impressive BMW 1M coupe has placed 3rd in the 2011 EVO Car of the Year awards, behind only the Porsche GT3 RS and McLaren MP4-12C. Not bad at all considering those cars are each at least three times more expensive than the 1M coupe!
The 1M coupe also beat out a list of some of the best sports cars available on the planet today, including: Porsche Cayman R, Renaultsport Megane 265, Trophy, Lotus Elise Club Racer, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, Jaguar XKR-S, Ferrari FF, BMW … CONTINUED