The BMW 1-Series began its life back in 2004 when the 3-Series was moving up in the world and BMW needed another small family car to serve as an entry model. It started off as a 5-door hatchback, but was introduced as a 2-door coupe, a 3-door hatchback, and a convertible in 2007.
The current engine selection consists of a 3.0L I-6 producing 230hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0L twin turbo I-6 producing 300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Most of us believed that the BMW 1-Series M Coupe wouldn’t see a lot of tuning packages, we thought wrong as tons of tuners have worked their magic on the sports coupe. The latest tuning firm to think they could do better than the 1-Series M Coupe’s standard 340 HP are the guys over at BEST Cars and Bikes.
This tuning company providing the coupe’s twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with professional software optimization and then added a new stainless steel exhaust system made by Bastuck. As a result. the car can now deliver an impressive 425 HP!
The package continues with a new set of 20" wheels from SCHMIDT Revolution. These wheels are offered in a three-piece design and painted in a very cool matte black finish. They have been combined with a KW coil over in Variant 3 and 245/30R20 tires on the front axle and 11Jx20H2 and 305/25R20 tires at the rear axle.
Noted BMW tuner G-Power has a long history of bringing the noise when it comes to their programs for the German automaker. Their latest program for the 1-Series M Coupe is even more proof of their already stellar reputation as one of the finest BMW tuners in the world.
Using their know-how, G-Power has put together a performance package for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe that’s considered one of the finest in the market, thanks to a plethora of new components added to the car’s engine. The first order of business was the addition of flow optimized downpipes to reduce the exhaust gas temperature and an enlarged capacity for the boost cooling system. G-power installed these components so that the operating temperature of the engine is kept in tip-top shape.
From there, G-Power is adding a titanium exhaust system that not only reduces the weight from the stock system, but also enhances the car’s performance through a wireless control switch. Then, the German tuner installed a custom-made engine software that boosts the output from 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque to 435 horsepower and 435 lb/ft of torque. Those numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.
Suspension was also a point of concern for G-Power. So they fitted the 1-Series M Coupe with a new set of their 20" G-Power Silverstone double-spoke wheels wrapped in 20" Michelin tires. Finally, the German tuner did their homework on the brakes, providing its own ceramic braking system to round out the modifications.
At first glance, this latest tuning project from Florida-based Precision Sport Industries looks just like the standard BMW 1-Series M Coupe that made its much-awaited debut in 2010, but upon closer inspection, there are tons of new features that will make this bad boy stand apart from the rest.
The updates start on the front end where the tuner added a new BMW Performance black kidney grille and a new carbon fiber front splitter. For the rear, PSI added a new BMW Performance carbon fiber trunk spoiler and a Revozport rear 2×2 CF diffuser.
But that’s not all. The tuner also added new carbon fiber side mirrors and a new Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system that significantly improves the engine’s sound. Customers will also receive a new set of wheels combined with a new KW Suspensions system.
The interior also received some updates, including a new BMW Performance Alcantara M steering wheel and some carbon fiber trim.
The last time Manhart Racing worked on a BMW 1-Series M Coupe, they made a program that was impressive. But this time, these guys are really dropping the gloves with the unveiling of their new MH1 S-Biturbo equipped with the Stage 3 tuning program.
Before jumping into the meat and bones of the package, the German tuner didn’t fail in giving the 1-Series M Coupe a nice aerodynamic kit that includes a host of new components, including a hand-made carbon front splitter, a carbon hood with air vents and snap closures, carbon fiber mirror caps, a new rear diffuser, and a new trunk with a ducktail spoiler. Inside, Manhart added MHR Performance bucket seats dressed in Alcantara with matching orange stitching, a new LCD display, a new instrument cluster, and a new speedometer. Finally, Manhart fitted a new coil over suspension system and a new set of 20" AC Schnitzer Type 5 Forged wheels wrapped in Continental-Sport Contact 5 tires.
Now, it’s the engine’s turn. Powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six cylinder engine, Manhart Racing fitted their Stage 3 tuning program to go with a new sports exhaust system with downpipes and stainless steel Mufflers, and a carbon fiber airbox with carbon piping. On top of that, the tuner also added larger intercoolers, oil coolers, and radiators to the engine, resulting in an increased output of 465 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.
For a nice little sports coupe, packing 465 horsepower is quite a treat, isn’t it?
UPDATE 09/27/12: Manhart Racing has released a new batch of photos for their scintillating 1-Series M Coupe program the MH1-S Bi-Turbo. Check out photos of the completed program in the gallery below!
Though the BMW M1 from the late-1970s and early-1980s was not a supercar by any stretch of the term, it was about as close as BMW has gotten to the supercar realm in its entire history. With BMW steadily expanding its lineup with the like of the i8 and i3, could this be the perfect time for BMW to dive into the true supercar realm with a resurrected M1?
According to the folks at Automobile Magazine, it surely does. Their sources say that BMW is already hard at work plugging away at this concept for a possible debut in 2014 at an auto show of BMW’s liking.
The rumors are pointing toward the M1 having a monocoque chassis made of extremely stiff carbon fiber. Wrapped around the monocoque, the body would be a mixture of carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and high-strength steel. This lightweight design leads to the biggest benefit of this system, a performance car weighing in at only 2,750 lbs.
The M1 will also reportedly feature a body so aerodynamic that it’s like adding 100 horsepower to any engine. A plethora of moving fins along the body direct the wind around the vehicle and transfers it into useful energy, as opposed to useless drag.
According to rumors, BMW has already chosen an engine. After flirting with a 6-cylinder option, the German luxury car company settled on the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. This engine is rumored to punch out somewhere in the range of 600 to 650 horsepower.
Behind this engine would be a super-fast shifting dual clutch transmission. This combination of high power, quick shift, and light weight would give the M1 a top speed of 205 mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of roughly 3 seconds. This would immediately put BMW up on par with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bugatti.
For now, this is all just hearsay and rumors, so there is little more to report. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. We hope to report soon that BMW is confirming this vehicle, but we’re not holding our breath.
The BMW ActiveE is a car that’s pretty hard to get a hold of. There are only 1,000 units and the only way you can get your hands on one is through a lease. Having said that, noted BMW tuner Turner Motorsport somehow managed to get one and more importantly, they’ve been given free reign to work their tuning magic on it.
As a brief refresher, the ActiveE is a BMW electric test car, capable of producing 168 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque with a range of around 100 miles.
With those numbers in their head, Turner Motorsport went and looked for a way to get more out of it. Thus, the ActiveE Project Car was born.
As quoted from BMWBlog, Jay Baier, Director of Marketing for Turner Motorsport, explained the rationale behind the project. “We are doing this to try to keep on the cutting edge of automobile and BMW technology, he said.
“We have this project car to ‘test the waters’ to be ready for the release of new electric vehicles in the future. We want to have a step up in this area.”
For now, the project is still in development, but Turner did already put some tweaks to it, particularly the installation of Bilstein PSS10 coil overs to improve the car’s suspension.
From there, Turner Motorsport will be looking at changing the tires on the electric car while also looking at ways on how to improve the car’s performance numbers. Considering that its a car with a completely different powertrain than what they’re use to, it’s going to be interesting to see how the ActiveE Project Car evolves from here.
The BMW 1-Series M Coupe isn’t just a popular car in Europe or America; it’s got quite a following over in Asia too. So much so, in fact, that noted Japanese tuner Studie Ag has given the little M sports a car a new tuning program that gives it a little M3 GTS flavor.
Besides, it’s already difficult to own an M3 GTS anyway considering that BMW only built 150 of them. However, if you’re long on despair and short on hope, Studie Ag has the answer for you.
The new styling kit for the 1-Series M Coupe features plenty of new components, including a custom-built vented hood, a matte black GTS rear wing, a matte black diffuser, and an Akrapovic exhaust with carbon fiber tips. In addition, Studie AG also dressed up the 1-Series M Coupe with a Fire Orange paint finish while a new set of gloss black wheels add a nice complement to the car’s overall look.
No performance modifications were given to the program, but even in its standard guise, the 1-Series M Coupe is still capable of flexing its 340 horsepower output from its twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine.
It’s a truly sad day for luxury automobiles as reports are swirling that BMW is preparing to bring its first front-wheel drive sedan to the upcoming 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.
This will be a big departure from BMW’s long-history of creating RWD sports cars, muscles cars, and luxury sedans, however we shouldn’t be surprised by the news as reports of BMW developing a FWD car have been around for the better part of two years.
Back in 2010, we reported on the possibility that BMW and Peugeot would be teaming up to create a front-wheel drive hybrid car while the possibility of a small FWD vehicle for the U.S. market has been believed to be in the pipes for years now.
This time however, Autocar is reporting that a new concept car will be heading to the Paris Motor Show reportedly dubbed the 1 Series GT said to be hitting the production line sometime in 2014. It should be built on the same platform said to be used in future Mini’s.
The stand out feature of the new 1 Series GT should be its new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder fuel efficient engine.
However, based on the fact that FWD BMW’s have been speculated numerous times in the past few years, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was just another report thought up by a keyboard warrior in some secluded country far, far away.
What do you think? Will BMW really debut a front-wheel drive 1 Series in September, and if they do, will it be successful?
The BMW 1-Series M Coupe may be the baby brother in the BMW M family, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a pushover.
On the contrary, the 1M has become quite a fan favorite, proving that you don’t need to spend more than you can in order to enjoy the thrills of owning a sports car. With 340 horsepower on tap, the 1M can definitely hold its own against some of its contemporaries.
But even if its got enough ponies to make us all swoon, there’s always a way to get more out of it. That’s where Alpha-N Performance comes into the picture.
The German tuning firm recently showed us what they can do to a BMW 335i when they released a program for the car a few weeks ago. Now, it’s the 1M Coupe’s turn.
Calling it the 1M RS, Alpha-N Performance fitted the little BMW sports coupe with a comprehensive aero kit that features a wide range of components, including a ventilated carbon hood, front fascia add-on carbon lower spoilers, carbon roof, carbon luggage lid spoiler, and a carbon rear fascia diffuser. Likewise, there’s also a new set of 19" OZ Superforgiata rims wrapped in Michelin tires and a MAC high-performance braking system added into the program.
On top of all of that, Alpha-N also gave the 1M Coupe a performance upgrade consisting of a new air intake system, a new exhaust, and a reprogramed ECU unit. The result is an increased output of 410 horsepower, up by 70 ponies from the standard model’s 340-horsepower capabilities.
In what can only be described as a dream drive turning into a true nightmare, a recent BMW M club drive day in Moscow, Russia could have ended in tragedy. One driver made a small mistake that created a BMW pile up with a damage bill well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In a wicked turn of events, the incident was captured all on film and even though the drivers may hate to relive the crash, it at least gives us a chance to show you just how careful you have to be when driving on busy roads, no matter what country you live in.
As you’ll see from the following video, the event all started when a blue, E34 Sedan unknowingly merged into the right-hand lane while a champagne-colored E46 M3 was speeding up behind. As a result, the two cars side swiped each other, spearing the classic M3 into the camera car, said to be a blue E90 sedan, which was then just seconds later rear-ended by BMW’s latest M-series vehicle, the 1-Series M.
Despite the aforementioned cars involved in the crash being followed by an even bigger group of M-cars, only the four BMW’s were damaged in the crash, with a civilian’s Subaru Forester also reportedly being involved.
No serious injuries resulted and only one of the Beemer’s seems to be a confirmed write-off.