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.
German tuner Tuningwerk transforms the already potent 1M Coupe into a 514hp monster, which they’ve dubbed the Tuningwerk 1M RS.
What they’ve done with the factory 335hp / 332lb-ft N54 engine is given it a ECU tune, modified its turbos, customized cooling system with additional secondary cooler, and replaced factory exhaust with custom titanium exhaust system. This all works to produce 514hp (521PS) and 453 lb-ft torque (614Nm) (from 2800 RPM). Top speed is 186mph.
Its transmission now has a 3.25 ratio (with 3.45 ratio available) and the 1M RS also features a locking differential with a Drexler lock, as well as a new clutch (with a racing clutch offered as an option).
The 1M RS sits on lower and stiffer club sport suspension with optional H&R lightweight stabilizer … CONTINUED
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
BMW Performance Seat… CONTINUED
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.