The onslaught of previews leading up the 2011 SEMA Auto Show is intensifying by the day, especially since the doors in Las Vegas will open exactly one week from today.
One car program that we have our eyes on comes courtesy of RevoZport and their new tuning program for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. The tuning company hasn’t released photos of the car yet, but they did release an impressive three-minute teaser of the car as it undergoes final preparations before it is unveiled at SEMA.
The list of modifications are pretty extensive for the car RevoZport is calling the ’Black Knight.’ Among the more notable additions to the 1-Series M Coupe program include a RevoZ P-450 Performance kit, an Alcohol Injection Systems trunk mounted meth-tank, a full race exhaust, and a new charge-pipe.
Aerodynamically, RevoZport gave the Black Knight plenty of carbon fiber components on the exterior and interior, while also providing custom powder coating and body work courtesy of The SHOP; Helix Films satin wrap and logos by SkinzWraps; a welded-in Piper Motorsport cage; Sparco Pro2000 seats with 6-point harnesses; a Moton Club Sport remote reservoir double adjustable suspension with TMS mounts and Vorshlag camber plates; a Performance Friction Z-Rated big brake kit; and a set of 18" Forgeline GA3R wheels.
The 1-Series M Coupe Black Knight was customized for a specific client and once the SEMA Auto Show is over, he’ll have a set of wheels that the rest of us can only drool over.
Just when we thought we had seen all of the packages possible for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, German tuner, TVW Car Design, unveils yet another. The package is called "Orange Competition" and offers up an impressive engine upgrade, as well as an exterior package that improves the car’s aerodynamics.
The sleek look of the BMW’s exterior is extended with the use of a new BMW Performance carbon-fiber rear spoiler and a carbon fiber, black painted roof. The car sits on a set of new 20" wheels wrapped in new tires, size 245 front and 295 rear. The interior gets leather-covered bucket seats and a new steering wheel with LED indicators.
For the engine upgrade, TVW Design has modified the ECU and added a new intercooler and exhaust system to manage an increase of up 420 HP at 5,900 rpm and 457 lb-ft of torque between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. Top speed has been increased to 187 mph.
Installation and customization of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe’s software will run customer’s about € 5000 (or $6,803 at the current rates). The exhaust system comes separately and costs around € 1,850 (or $2,517 at the current rates).
BMW’s hot little 1-Series M Coupe has been getting plenty of attention from a variety of tuners these days and the kits keep coming. Italian tuner, Romeo Ferraris, is next on the list and their new upgrade kit brings a bit more heat to the sports coupe at a seemingly reasonable price.
Romeo Ferraris has opted to remap the new twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine’s ECU to get some extra push, as well as add a new 85 mm high-performance exhaust system that provides for the elimination of pre-catalysts and four output terminals. The result is an additional 52 HP and 59 lb-ft, bringing the 1-Series M Coupe’s power to a total of 392 HP at 5,900 rpm and a peak torque of 390 lb-ft between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm.
As of right now, Romeo Ferraris has not provided a price for their BMW 1-Series M Coupe tuning kit, but it is rumored to be the cheapest kit for the sports coupe on the market.
If you happened to work at a BMW dealership and had to look at the beautiful 1-Series M Coupe hour upon hour every day, chances are you’d be extremely tempted to extract the keys from their little hook and take the new sports coupe out for a little test drive. Two employees from Pacific BMW in Glendale were unable to resist that temptation, not only taking the new M Coupe for a test drive, but pushing it to its twin-turbocharged 340 HP limit.
Now imagine if you were the excited customer that just purchased their brand new BMW and were then called by the dealership manager to hear the news of the employees’ debacle of a test drive. Pissed? Sure would be, especially because proof of the extreme test drive was delivered to YouTube by the employees who were too pumped up by the experience to realize it would not be a good idea to tape it and splatter it all over the internet. Idiots.
The BMW employees were obviously fired, but Pacific BMW has bigger problems; the BMW 1-Series M Coupe comes with a warning letter from the factory advising against excessive revving and speeding prior to 1,200 miles. Now the customer who purchased the famous 1-Series M Coupe is demanding that $10,000 be refunded to him for the high-speed hijinks, which is the same amount paid over the base price of the 1M. According to the disgruntled customer, the dealership claims that no damage was done to the vehicle and that they would only refund him $2,000. This is the part where lawyers were called to solve the issue. No compromise has been achieved as of yet.
We’re not taking any sides because there’s always multiple sides to every story, but we’d be pretty angry if we found out our $50,000 sports car was pushed to its limits 10 days before we even walked into the dealership to purchase it. Let us know what you guys think in the comments section below. Is a $10,000 refund a fair price for the dealership to pay?
By the way, this video of the test drive contains excessive cursing, so make sure you are old enough to watch it.
BMW’s mid-engined supercar, the M1, is arguably among the most collectible BMW models ever built. Produced from 1978 until 1991, only 556 examples were built, and it’s unknown how many remain today. Some were built as road cars, while others were built for an M1 spec series that pitted the best drivers in the world against each other in identical cars. While road-going M1 made “only” 276 horsepower, cars campaigned in the Procar series produced upwards of 470 horsepower, which made them a fitting exhibition race preceding Grand Prix events in 1979 and 1980.
The BMW M1 captured the attention of Peter Gregg, an accomplished road racer and six-time IMSA champion. Gregg also owned Brumos Motors in Jacksonville, FL, and placed an order for a BMW M1 in 1978, to be built to FIA Group 4 specifications. The car was completed in 1979, but a tragic event in the fall of 1978 would make this particular M1 even more valuable.
Gregg and artist Frank Stella were at Monza to watch Gregg’s friend and former teammate, Ronnie Peterson, compete in the Italian Grand Prix. Peterson was involved in an opening lap crash that shattered both his legs. Although his injuries were not perceived to be life threatening, the Swedish driver died the next day as a result of the crash. Stella, who had been working on a series of paintings called “Polar Coordinates,” dedicated his artwork to the memory of Ronnie Peterson.
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When the BMW 1-Series M Coupe first debuted, we didn’t think any tuner would even think to mess with such a beautiful, powerful machine. We were proven wrong when Kelleners Sport and TechTec revealed their packages for the sports coupe. Now, Revozport has also tried their hand at the 1-Series M Coupe with exterior updates and future engine modifications.
Revozpot’s package begins with a new front grill, new front splitter, and a front splitter brake duct kit that give way to a lightweight bonnet. The changes continue to the side of the BMW where the tuner has added new side skirts that lead to the lightweight trunk, trunk lip spoiler, and GT spoiler with mount. Other features include a roof spoiler, lightweight roof panel, mirror covers, rear diffuser, and interior door cards. All the exterior components are made in carbon fiber and all components are designed to smooth airflow over the roofline which reduces drag. This allows the vehicle to be have a smoother ride and even have improved fuel efficiency.
As of now, Revozport has ended the package there, but they have announced that they are working on a P450 Kit available and a new titanium exhaust system that will improve the engine’s 335 HP.
Without the future engine upgarde, BMW 1-Series M Coupe owners will need to dole out $9080 to receive the exterior and interior modifications.
We like a good commercial just as much as the next guy, but BMW’s latest commercial for the 1-Series M Coupe just about blew our collective minds. While other automakers are matching up their rides with their competitors, BMW has chosen to pit their coupe up against a long line of concrete walls. Don’t worry, the 1-Series M Coupe stays in one piece throughout the entire commercial, but the use of a professional driver and some mad drifting and driving skills, make this commercial a must see!
It’s difficult to explain and we don’t want to ruin the experience by spoiling the plot, but we promise it will leave you breathless. However, before anyone even watches it, make sure you understand that this is a professional driver and under no circumstances should anyone try this at home.
As a reminder, the 1-Series M Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that delivers an impressive 335 HP at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
BMW has just released some new information about the long awaited 1-Series M Coupe, including engine information, release dates, and the toys it will carry.
Under the hood will be the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower. That motor will be connected to six-speed manual transmission. There will no automatic option with this vehicle. That motor should be more than enough to haul around the car’s 3,307-pound weight.
The M1 will feature a chassis, braking system, and rear differential similar to the M3. In total, that power and these tweaks have made the M1 faster than the E46 M3 around the Nordschleife.
UPDATE 03/10/2011: BMW has placed an online configurator for the 1-Series M Coupe, the perfect opportunity to play a bit with the options offered for this amazing car. From this configurator, we were also able to get the pricing on all of the options offered. Hit the jump to check them out in our price section.
UPDATE 07/03/2011: BMW has released a video of the 1M Coupe performing an arc drift on top of the U.S. Bank Tower. This tower stands 1,018 feet tall and is considered as the tallest building in the world with a helipad on it. Check out the video by clicking on the image above!
UPDATE 12/02/2011: Finally, someone is driving the BMW 1-Series M Coupe the way it is suppose to be driven. The only bad news is that all the action takes place in a parking mall and not at a major driving event, but it’s still a start. Hit the jump for the video!
UPDATE 02/13/12: BMW has released a new commercial for the 1-Series M Coupe, showing just how perfectly balanced the car is and offering no compromises in the way the car is built. And to prove that there’s substance behind those words, BMW has come up with a way to show everyone just how "perfectly balanced" the 1-Series M Coupe really is. Check out the commercial after the jump!
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Whether they mean to or not, BMW has been torturing the heck out of the auto industry by reigniting and then extinguishing plans for a new M1. A few years ago they came out with the M1 Hommage concept car which many thought would absolutely go to production considering the tremendous feedback it received. After those hopes were dashed with an official announcement from BMW stating that there were no plans for the M1, rumors are now circulating again that a production version of the BMW M1 supercar is back on the table.
According to rumors, the new vehicle is being called the M-One for now because it will be the first vehicle in a new generation of BMWs and will not be based on any existing BMW model. A couple of different sources are going back on forth on what is actually valid information, but from what we can gather, there has only been a few sketches drawn up of the car and if produced, it will be revealed in 2015. Other than that, there are rumors of a new M6 V8 engine or a radical I6, making the new M-One a serious competitor for models like the Mercedes SLS and the Audi R8.
More details floating in the rumor mill suggest that the M-One supercar will be built on a carbon fiber chassis and will feature a slew of technologies already being used on recent concepts. The sketches conjured up apparently reveal a design that is a little bit Vision Connected Drive meets the i8. Since then, BMW has added a roof and a higher windscreen to judge reaction from the industry.
This is all glorious news if it is indeed true, but we wouldn’t advise anyone to hold their breath just yet.
BMW will once again serve as the Safety Car for MotoGP events, but this time, the X6M was shown the door while the new 1-Series M Coupe was dressed up to play the part.
The BMW Safety Car is a one-off model built especially for this race series, with only the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower and drivetrain being kept from the original model. The goal for the transformation of the car was weight loss. The M Coupe Safety Car received a carbon fiber reinforced bonnet with additional large air vents and polycarbonate side and rear windows. A lightweight titanium race exhaust system was also used to reduce the car’s overall weight. On the boot lid, there is an adjustable rear wing to provide the requisite downforce, while the aerodynamically honed front apron features an additional splitter integrated on the underside of the apron.
For the BMW 1-Series M Coupe to fully cope with the track life, it received a high performance suspension system with an adjustable race track set-up, a sport tuned chassis, and special 19" wheels with tires measuring 255/35 at the front and 285/30 at the rear. The original brakes from the 1-Series have also been replaced by a six-piston fixed-caliper racing brake system.
The interior has also been adapted for the race series. A rollover cage was bolted behind the B-pillar and new front racing bucket seats were put in as standard with 6-point safety belts. The M steering wheels has also been modified with Alcantara dressing. Additional weight was shed with the removal of the rear seats.