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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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BMW M2 Vs. 1M Coupe

BMW M2 Vs. 1M Coupe

It’s been about three years since BMW discontinued the 1 Series M Coupe, the performance car that many described as the most exciting product the brand launched since the original E30 M3, and Munich has finally rolled out a successor to the compact coupe. It’s called the M2 and it generated a lot of hype among BMW purists.

There are plenty of reasons to get excited over the M2. It’s not only lighter and more affordable than the M4, it’s also more compact, which should make it that much more fun to drive at the track. In essence, it’s everything the 1M Coupe was and then some. In short, it’s a modern-day incarnation of the original E30 M3 – the vehicle regarded as the best road-going M car BMW ever produced.

But how does the M2 measure up against its three-year-old predecessor? Does it have what it takes to make us forget about the 1M Coupe? At first glance, the M2 is both quicker and more powerful, but there’s more to a sports car than just horsepower figures and lap times. The 1M Coupe is already an icon to BMW enthusiasts and because Munich built very few of them. Well-maintained examples are as expensive as a 2016 model year performance Bimmer.

The M2 has a big pair of shoes to fill, not to mention the fact that BMW went as far as to promote it as a spiritual successor to the E30 M3 and the 2002 Turbo. Now that’s a bold statement. With the M4 having received a lot of heat for being too big and heavy, the M2 needs to step up and take over from where the 1M Coupe left as the lightest and most nimble modern-day M car. That’s lot of pressure for both BMW and the M2.

Sure, a real-world test will settle this debate, but that’s unlikely to occur until 2016, when the M2 is scheduled to hit showrooms. However, with the new coupe out in the open now, it’s time to have a closer look at both the M2 and 1M to find out which one looks better on paper.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2013 BMW 1 Series M CSL By TJ Fahrzeugdesign

2013 BMW 1 Series M CSL By TJ Fahrzeugdesign

The first-generation BMW 1 Series hatchback, be it a three-dour or a five-dour, wasn’t exactly appealing from the styling point of view. The 1 Series Coupe, on the other hand, was a completely different story. Marketed as a successor to the iconic 2002 model, which was built between 1968 and 1975, the 1 Series Coupe received a much-praised M Performance version that carried the 1M moniker. The coupe was discontinued last year, as BMW was readying its successor, the 2 Series Coupe.

Although production of the 1 Series was halted about eight months ago, the Coupe, as well as its high-performance 1M cousin, are still popular among BMW enthusiasts. Some have labeled it as the best vehicle Munich has made in the 21st century, while others have seen its launch as a sign that BMW wants to return to its roots.

As with most compact, ankle-biting BMWs, the 1 Series Coupe and the 1M Coupe have been quite popular with tuning companies like Leib Engineering, Sportec and Vorsteiner.

Each of them are cool in their own way, but none are as intriguing as the one developed by the folks over at TJ Fahreugdesign.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 1 Series M CSL By TJ Fahrzeugdesign.

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2013 BMW M135i by Tuningwerk

2013 BMW M135i by Tuningwerk

Tuner, tuner on the wall, who is fastest of them all? Tuningwerk from Germany just launched its upgrades for the factory BMW M135i hatch, a body style and trim name not sold in America. This upgrade goes far beyond engine management, with big changes under the hood, in the suspension and on the limited-slip diff out back.

Power is a quoted 355 horsepower for the light upgrade, and a whopping 443 horsepower with everything included. From a posh commuter car, this Tuningwerk M135i is a triple threat with its monster sprint pace, high-speed overtaking power that is on par with supercars, and its track and racing prowess

In the magic world of aftermarket performance, verified claims are always hard to nail down.

Even so, an extra 50 or more Tuningwerk horsepower creates quite a handful of a sports car, and one that is so powerful that driving it safely on the road can become part of the thrill and challenge.

Tuningwerk really cranks up the menace of the BMW 1 Series, and this humble hatchback is suddenly a lot more like the ‘breadvan’ Z3 M Coupe as a real banshee of power over-steer.

All good things. After all, hatchback car guy is grumpy when trouncing big Audi’s or Porsche’s in stoplight drag races.

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2011 BMW 1M Coupe by Leib Engineering

2011 BMW 1M Coupe by Leib Engineering

All the 2,700 BMW 1 Series M Coupe units were sold in short order; so, if you want to buy a 1M now, you’ll need to dig up a used one. Despite its relatively limited numbers, there are plenty of tuners that have completely transformed the look and performance credentials of the 1M Coupe.

The latest package hails from the masterminds at Leib Engineering. While not the perfect color combination, the 1M Coupe prepared by Leib comes with one huge advantage: it is considerable more powerful than the standard version.

The tuner remapped the ECU and installed a new flap exhaust system with the sound it emits ranging from a subtle hum to an outrageous roar. As a result, the engine’s output jumped to a total of 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque — up from 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet. Leib then removed the speed limiter, allowing the 1M Coupe to hit a top speed of 190 mph. Customers can also opt for an even more powerful version that pumps out 500 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This extra increase uses larger turbochargers, a suction system with a larger cross-section and completely revised cooling and exhaust packages.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 1M Coupe by Leib Engineering.

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2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe by Sportec

2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe by Sportec

Even though it has been out of production for over a year now, the 1 Series M Coupe remains one of the coolest models ever offered by BMW. To sweeten the pot even more, BMW built just 2,700 units, making it one of the most appreciated BMW models.

German tuner, Sportec, obviously loves the 1 Series M, as it is serving up a pair of upgrades for the compact Bimmer. In its natural state, the 1M Coupe is plenty powerful, as it delivers a total of 335 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. This is enough to launch the compact coupe to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

In Level 1, Sportec reprogrammed the ECU to push the output to a total of 385 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. By our estimation, Level 1 should drop the naught to 60 mph time to about 4.3 seconds.

Level 2 is more complex, as and includes a larger oil cooler, a downpipe with 100-cell metal catalytic converter and a sports air filter. As a result, the TwinPower 3.0-liter in-line-6 engine delivers a total of 420 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which we estimate to drop the 0-to-60 time to just over 4 seconds.

Click past the jump to see the BMW 1 Series M Coupe by Sportec in action and other details on this custom 1 Series M.

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M Division CEO "Absolutely Sure" the 1-Series M Coupe will Have a Successor

If you didn’t have the chance to buy one of the 2,700 1-Series M Coupe units that were built, you will be happy to know that BMW has decided to offer a successor for the new compact sports coupe. The announcement was made by M division CEO, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, himself in an interview with BMW Blog.

He said that the "M Performance" lineup is a new category of models for BMW and the company plans to expand it. The current M135i - offered as a successor for the 1M Coupe - is currently a very successful model, even if it is not really a pure M car.

Nitschke said in the interview: "We haven’t made a decision yet, but the 1M coupe was so successful, that in my opinion, I am absolutely sure we will build a successor."

He offered no other details on the upcoming successor, but we are hoping for something delivering at least the same performance figures at the 1M Coupe: 335 horsepower, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 4.7 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.

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Video: "Jingle Bells" Drfiting, Courtesy of the BMW M135i

Video: "Jingle Bells" Drfiting, Courtesy of the BMW M135i

It’s no surprise that most car manufacturers try to get into the spirit of Christmas and wish their fans and customers, happy holidays. Each brand tries their best at sending a holiday message to the viewer, be it hilarious, jaw-dropping or simply just "Merry Christmas.”

In response to Mercedes AMG’s Christmas message, which was pretty good, the boys at BMW decided to make one of their own. This has more to do with competition than celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

The volunteer chosen to spread the wishes is the fantastic BMW M135i. Being a 2-minute-long video with a performance car starring in it, one can expect that this is no ordinary message.

They put a dignified a capella band in the BMW M135i and DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk behind the wheel. With Martin torturing the Bimmer through some intense twist, the band had to sing “Jingle Bells.” Singing Jingle Bells itself is a pretty simple task, but when you’re drifting through the apex of a turn, it can be a little, shall we say, “difficult.”

Valiant effort, BMW, but the Mercedes AMG vid is still better. What do you think?

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by PSI

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by PSI

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.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe MH1 S-Biturbo by Manhart Racing

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe MH1 S-Biturbo by Manhart Racing

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!

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Studie Ag

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Studie Ag

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.

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2012 BMW 1 Series M RS by Alpha-N Performance

2012 BMW 1 Series M RS by Alpha-N Performance

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.

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Russian BMW M-series drivers cause pile up in Moscow

Russian BMW M-series drivers cause pile up in Moscow

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.

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Video: New BMW M line lets you have your cake and eat it too

Video: New BMW M line lets you have your cake and eat it too

BMW is well known for their amazing commercials when it comes to their M line-up. The latest one is called "Cake" and features three of the latest models: the M5, the M3 GTS, and the 1M Coupe. Which one is the best? Sorry, we can’t decide, but feel free to take your pick!

The commercial’s slogan is "Have your cake and eat it too." This is more than appropriate when you take into account the power, style, and luxury offered in BMW models. The BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. The M3 GTS gets the same engine, but the output in this model is 450 HP. On the other hand, the 1M Coupe gets a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower.

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2013 BMW M135i

2013 BMW M135i

After debuting the M135i Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, BMW has now unveiled the M135i production version. The new model will be distinguished by a specific exterior and interior design, as well as an impressive 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine that delivers an amazing 320 HP. This output allows the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

The car’s exterior will be distinguished by specific M design elements: a front apron with large air intake vents and three-dimensional flaps on the outer air vents inspired by automobile racing. At the rear, there will be an impressive rear apron plus dual exhaust pipes. The final touch is provided by a new set of 18-inch M light alloy double-spoke wheels. The interior receives Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, and an aluminum Hexagon trim with matte Estoril Blue or high-gloss black accent lines.

BMW has only unveiled the three-door version of the M135i, but they have promised that a five-door version will follow shortly.

UPDATE 05/14/12:This review has been updated with the official details and images for the BMW M135i.

UPDATE 08/01/12: BMW has unveiled a new video for the M135i - a model that unfortunately won’t make it to the US market. The BMW M 135i is part of the compact BMW 1 Series family and it’s a BMW M Performance Automobile. Have a closer look at this sporty car - powered by M.

UPDATE 12/12/12: The BMW M135i is one of the true pocket rockets in the industry, capable of hitting 320 horsepower and 331 lbs-ft of torque. Obviously, a car like that needs to get its Nurburgring baptismal, right? Well, the BMW sports hatch did and you can watch the video after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW M135i.

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Test the BMW 1-Series M Coupe in the ACR racing game

Test the BMW 1-Series M Coupe in the ACR racing game

BMW stopped taking orders for the 1-Series M Coupe at the beginning of April, so if someone wasn’t lucky enough to be among the 2700 people to grab a unit of this limited model, they won’t get the chance to drive one. At least that is the case in a real life scenario. In the gaming world, anything is possible.

For example, the latest ACR game created by Auto Club Revolution in cooperation with BMW gives gamers the ability to log in and take a spin in the 1-Series M Coupe. All you have to do is go to bmw.autoclubrevolution.com to get a free BMW 1 Series M Coupe test-drive on the coolest racetracks and at the highest speeds. Auto Club Revolution takes online-racing to the next level, or at least this is the case they are making. Let us know if there is truth in their advertising by hitting us up in the comments section below!

Hit the jump for the video presenting the European premiere held in the BMW M Studio.

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TopSpeed Rendering: U.S. Bound BMW M135i Coupe

Earlier this year, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, BMW unveiled a very cool M135i Concept and, of course, shortly thereafter rumors began about a production version. A few weeks ago, we brought the first spy shots of the M135i testing around Nurburgring and now we’re hearing that the U.S. may be getting their own version of the M135i, but in Coupe form.

We expect the future M135i Coupe to feature the same setup as that of the Wagon, so we should see a sport-tuned suspension with M sport brakes, a new set of 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design, and an aerodynamic body kit. Under the hood, BMW may place the straight six-cylinder petrol engine that features M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology possibly with a few tweaks here and there. Output should come in at about 300 HP as in the Wagon version. The engine will be combined with a rear-wheel drive system.

An official debut for the BMW M135i Coupe should be made sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.

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Spy Shots: BMW M135i caught testing at the Nurburgring

BMW M GmbH president, Friedrich Nitschke, already confirmed that the M135i Concept unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show would make it to production and as proof of that statement, our spy photographers have caught the car doing some quick laps around the Nürburgring in Germany.

The future M135i will be powered by an N55 6-cylinder inline engine that will deliver about 320 HP. The engine will be combined with a rear-wheel drive system and a powerful sport-tuned suspension with M sport brakes. According to Nitschke, it will also be offered with an optional AWD system.

The future M135i is also said to come with a new set of 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design and an aerodynamic body kit. Considering the prototype caught testing this time was a three-door model, it seems that BMW will also be offering it in two body styles.

All of this considered, it seems BMW is pretty serious about offering a competitor for the Mercedes A25 AMG.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe RS by Tuningwerk

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe RS by Tuningwerk

Just when you thought that tuning programs for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe had died down, Tuningwerk comes out of the woodwork to present one, which they have affectionately called the 1M RS.

With the intention of creating a street-legal race car from the 1-Series M Coupe, the German tuner decided to shave off any excess weight from the stock model. That involved replacing a number of body panels on the car with carbon fiber, including the hood, the boot lid, the GT4 front lip spoiler, the rear wing, and yes, even the Recaro bucket seats. All carbon fiber, all the time. Moving on to the wheels, Tuningwerk fitted the 1M RS with a new set of 19" forged ATS superlight wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx high-performance tires.

For the engine, Tuningwerk pretty much injected the 1M Coupe’s 3.0-liter turbocharged engine with enough upgrades to significantly increase the car’s output. The German tuner modified the turbochargers and the cooling system, installed a custom exhaust system, and remapped the car’s ECU unit, all of which were done to give the 1M RS an output of 514 horsepower and 453 lb/ft of torque and a top speed of 186 mph. If you think those aren’t significant, you only need to look at the stock model’s 335-horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque numbers to realize how ridiculous the power upgrade is.

Rounding out Tuningwerk’s program for the 1M Coupe include the addition of a racing clutch, a sturdier suspension set-up, and a new braking system that come with optional carbon fiber discs.

For all the work done on this 1M Coupe, the cost pretty much reflects it. If you’re interested in the 1M RS, be prepared to shell out €119,000, which is around $156,500 based on current exchange rates.

Hit the jump for more information on the BMW 1-Series Coupe RS by Tuningwerk.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Dakar Yellow

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Dakar Yellow

Back in 2010, pictures of a Dakar Yellow BMW M3 spotted in Southern California flooded the internet, gaining the admiration of many a car enthusiast. At that time, we wondered why BMW did not carry the striking yellow exterior finish on more of their models, but alas the German automaker stuck to their high maintenance "Frozen" finishes of Dark Blue, Gray, and Silver. Until now.

A similar Dakar Yellow package has been applied to the new 1-Series M Coupe, rounded out by a series of visual and power upgrades. The package starts off with a series of elements from the BMW Performance arm, including new seats, a new steering wheel, pedals, shifter, and carbon fiber trunk lip. Then, since this is a high performance sports coupe, carbon fiber elements were thrown in to enhance its character. The 1M Coupe received a new front lip, a new diffuser, new side valances and skirts, and a new roof, all covered in carbon fiber. For an even meaner look, the car also received new angel eyes.

Under the flashy paint job and shimmering carbon fiber, the BMW 1M Coupe also juiced up with new Brembo brakes and a new set of KW suspensions. Next, the Dakar Yellow 1M received an Akrapovic exhaust system and a wireless kit to add to the all around fun of the sports coupe’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower.

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BMW stops taking orders for the 1-Series M Coupe

When BMW announced their 1-Series M Coupe in 2011, the anticipation building up until the release of the model was uncontrollable. And unless you are one of the lucky 2700 to grab a unit of this limited model, that excitement was all for nothing. BMW has announced that they have stopped taking orders for the sports coupe and that the production will end in the summer of 2012. As of right now, all 2700 units have been spoken for and BMW is reserving the time to produce the units that remain.

No official details have been provided just yet, but it is believed that BMW will be offering an M2 version for their upcoming 2-Series that will be offered instead of the current 1-Series Coupe. Before that happens, we will see the M135i - set to be unveiled later this year.

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. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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If You Can't Afford a BMW 1M, Just Build Something Better

If You Can’t Afford a BMW 1M, Just Build Something Better

At one point I really wanted an RX8, almost to the point of doing whatever it took to get the money for one. Well, after a promotion, I managed to get one and was sorely disappointed by it. Well, an Egyptian man decided to put the words “I’ll do anything” into action in an extreme way.

In Egypt, as with many developing countries, vehicles are very expensive and even more so when considering a luxury ride like a BMW 1M. With a $150,000 price tag in Egypt – more than triple its U.S. price – this wise fellow decided that the 1M was not in the cards for him now. Instead of giving up altogether, he decided to build something better than his dream car.

He began his quest with a stock BMW 120d, which once boasted a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine, and completely stripped it down. He then pulled an S65 V-8 monster from an M3, which pumps out 414 horsepower, and dropped it in his 120d. Well, “dropping” the engine in included some motor mount and ECU modifications.

This young man then installed the M3’s suspension onto the 120d, added 1M body panels, slapped 19-inch wheels on it, and last, had a custom exhaust and driveshaft fitted to it. In the end “hatembmw,” as he goes by on a popular BMW forum, invested about $45,000 to modify his 120d into a monster that would likely annihilate a 335-horsepower M1. As detailed as this process is, this entire project took him just eight weeks to complete – three to four weeks on mechanical stuff and four weeks on the body.

All we can do is tip my hat to hatembmw… Good show, my friend, good show indeed. Enjoy the videos, we know we certainly did.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Hartge

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Hartge

Even though we don’t really think the BMW 1-Series M Coupe needs any upgrade packages to add to its stellar style, there have actually been a ton of tuning packages for it since its debut. Now, German tuner, Hartge, is adding yet another one to the list. For their package, the tuner is offering a pretty impressive engine upgrade, as well as a couple of exterior and interior modifications.

For the 3.0 liter turbocharged engine, Hartge is offering a tweaked ECU and stainless steel rear silencer with dual round tail pipes that will increase the output from the standard 340 HP to an impressive 401 HP at 5,850 rpm and a peak torque of 391 lb-ft at 2,950 rpm. Thanks to the extra power, the Hartge 1-Series M Coupe will sprint from 0 to 124 mph in just 11.34 seconds - an improvement from the standard 13.52 seconds. The tuner is also offering a new set of alloy wheels combined with a 30mm lowering kit.

Hartge is also throwing in a boot lip spoiler and a roof spoiler for the exterior and aluminum pedals and bespoke floor mats for the interior.

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Most powerful M6 on its way while BMW M subsidiary continues to consider its own supercar

Most powerful M6 on its way while BMW M subsidiary continues to consider its own supercar

The new generation BMW M6 is preparing to rev its way to dealerships in Summer 2012 after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and its promising to be the most powerful super-coupe in BMW’s history. Its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 552 HP and 502 lb ft of torque makes it capable of running its owner to their job on a daily basis, as well as running the track in superior fashion. That being said, a BMW insider has stated that the M6 should not be referred to as a "pure sports car." That designation should be left to the super car that the BMW M Division is trying to develop, again.

"M wants to build its own car. BMW has a great heritage of super-coupés and the M6 is the latest part of that. But we also want to do something that we can call a ’super sports car’."

By the time this M Division super car is ready to be launched, BMW is hoping it will take on vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with ease. BMW and its M Division have been trying to come up with a business case for the future super car for a long time, using the BMW M1 Hommage (pictured above) as a starting point. When that concept first debuted in 2008, it was rumored to get a powerful V10 5.0 liter engine capable of delivering 600+ HP, even though the original 1978 BMW M1 only pushed out 270 HP.

We figure that if BMW can attempt at least a happy medium between the original 270 HP and the rumored 600 HP, then the M Division’s super car may be a tough contender in the tough "pure sports car" market. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

Last year’s picks for the coupe of the year raged a war between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang, but this year things are a bit different. In fact, neither one of these muscle cars made the list, simply because the new Camaro ZL1 isn’t available for purchase just yet.

With the two major muscle cars out of the running, we were still left with a ton of vehicles worthy of some time in the spotlight. Our choices for the top coupes of 2011 are kind of all over the place. From the Audi TT-RS’ return to the States to the Lotus Exige S and its road-going capabilities on the other side of the pond, there’s pretty much a flavor for anybody.

In fact, if we’ve missed one of your favorites, make sure to hit us up.

Hit the jump for our picks for the 2011 Coupe of the Year, in alphabetical order.

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Playboy's Cars of the Year 2012

Playboy’s Cars of the Year 2012

We don’t usually associate Playboy with cars, unless scantily clad women were somehow involved, but the American men’s magazine has just unveiled the top 11 hottest models people should buy in 2012. Now guys can really say they are picking up Playboy’s latest issue for the articles!

The top spot for this honorable list goes to none other than the fastest production Jaguar ever built - the XKR-S! But next to this remarkable sports car is the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the Fiat 500, the Range Rover Evoque, the Lexus CT 200h, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, the Bentley Continental GTC, the Ford Mustang Boss 302, the Audi A7, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, and the Hyundai Veloster.

There are certainly many fabulous vehicles to choose from on this list - and some not so fabulous vehicles - so do you agree with the top spot? Let us know in the comments section below!

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe GTS-V by Vorsteiner

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe GTS-V by Vorsteiner

California-based tuning company, Vorsteiner, has made a name for itself for being one of the best BMW tuners in the country today. Oddly enough, though, Vorsteiner’s line-up of programs for BMW vehicles was missing a popular model: the 1-Series M Coupe.

Turns out, Vorsteiner was just biding its time before unloading its very first project for the baby 1M, which they’re now calling the "1M Coupe GTS-V."

The full details of the program have not yet been disclosed, although the company did share a couple of new features the GTS-V program will have on the 1-Series M Coupe. Among the added elements fitted to the 1M include a front spoiler with an integrated brake duct system, a redesigned rear diffuser with extended aero fins and GTS-V designed splitters, a lightweight boot lid with its own small wing, and a new set of either 19" or 20" Forged Concave Wheels. As an added option, Vorsteiner is also offering a cat-back titanium sport exhaust system. On the inside, the tuning company is including some special embroidered floor mats with orange piping to spice up the 1M Coupe’s interior set-up.

No word yet on what kind of performance upgrades the 1M Coupe GTS-V will carry. Rest assured, we won’t expect anything less than ’pedestrian’ figures from Vorsteiner. Knowing these guys, we’re confident that they have something explosive under that hood.

UPDATE 07/17/12: We’ve seen a lot of surprises these days from automakers releasing fresh batches of photos for their respective. Turns out, Vorsteiner’s joining in on the party with a new set of pictures for their 1-Series M Coupe GTS-V program. Check them out at the gallery below!

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by IND

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by IND

Having a car like the BMW 1-Series M Coupe affords you the opportunity of bringing a tuning company that can play around with it and modify it according to your tastes and preferences.

Such was the case when an owner of the 1-Series M Coupe brought his freshly delivered sports car to the people of IND with the sole purpose of turning it into a bonafide rocket on wheels. Time was of the essence for IND, who were only given 48 hours to complete their project. And true to their reputation as certified pros, IND did a whale of job, building a comprehensive tuning program that includes plenty of specially selected pieces that are all new to the market.

For instance, the 1-Series M Coupe’s hood was taken out, replaced by a new power dome with carbon fiber pieces by Seibon. To give the sports car a colorful balance of sportiness and aggression, IND added gloss black front and side grilles to match the car’s Valencia Orange paint finish. Similarly, the tuning company also put in a two-piece adjustable front lip and two-piece rear diffuser, provided for by RevoZport, a new rear spoiler from BMW Performance, a custom paint scheme for the engine cover, and a Valencia Orange-striped BMW Performance steering wheel.

A one-off, pre-production sports shifter from Rogue Engineering was also put in, as was Eisenmann’s new downpipe-back exhaust system, which was added, together with Akrapovic downpipes, to provide a significant bump up in performance output for the 1-Series M Coupe. With all the changes in tow, the car’s software was further optimized by ESS Tuning, giving it significant improvements in terms of its engine performance.

No word yet on the new numbers for this IND-tuned 1-Series M Coupe, although one wouldn’t be remiss thinking that these could be one of the most powerful tuning programs done on the 1M sports car.

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2012 BMW 1M by GC Automobile

2012 BMW 1M by GC Automobile

The highly modified BMW 1-Series M Coupe seen in these images is not the spawn of an Autobot, although its Transformer-like accessories would lead us in that direction. No, this aggressive looking BMW 1M is actually the product of a French racing team looking to add a little strength and intimidation to one of this year’s biggest attractions.

GC Automobile - that professional French racing team we mentioned - is offering up the first race tuning package for the BMW 1M, calling it the GC10-V8. The project began with the standard BMW, then went on to get a fiberglass tourism car body with aggressive detailing just about anywhere we can feast our eyes on. The sharp angular lines in the design language fulfill the tuner’s task of aggressive intimidation, down to the composite wide fender flares housing the new set of 18" wheels with either rain or slick tires and that huge rear spoiler. Control will be optimized with a 3-way OHLINS suspension system, an AP Racing 6-piston braking system, and a GP2 steering wheel.

The BMW 1M by GC Automotive was built on a tubular frame chassis typical of Silhouette cars that meets the FIA standards. This chassis houses a very proud Chevrolet V8 engine tuned by Sodemo Development to produce a maximum output of 550HP. This engine is mated to a SADEV 6-speed double "Lobro" transmission with a hydraulic clutch. Engine cooling is then provided by a prominent roof scoop.

GC Automotive also took are of the vehicle’s safety features, including front and side crash boxes in both doors.

Hit the jump for the GC Automotive BMW 1M’s first testing video on the Nogaro circuit in Southwest France, as well as a full list of specifications.

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Video: BMW 1M Coupe Doing Doughnuts

Video: BMW 1M Coupe Doing Doughnuts

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.

Since the 1-Series M Coupe was launched, we’ve seen tons of testing shots and tuning kits that have highlighted the sports car’s attributes, but this may be the first time a guy has the guts to really push the car to extremes. Of course, the tires sure suffered during the process, but we still like the action.

Refresher: The BMW 1M Coupe uses a 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. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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Video: Clarkson’s Powered up DVD chooses BMW 1M and 535d as Best Cars of 2011

Following up on the teaser trailers for Jeremy Clarkson’s Powered up DVD, Top Gear’s main man has released another video with a bit more action than the first two. In this video, Clarkson goes through some of his favorite cars of the year and his top pick is surprisingly not a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, even though a Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante did take third place on his preference list.

Instead, the British star has chosen one of the most amazing cars launched this year by BMW: the 1-Series M Coupe. Usually not a fan of BMW’s, Clarkson has appointed the 1M as the “Most Fun Car Of The Year.” The 1M pulled ahead of many of the classic favorites in the auto world, including the Ferrari FF and 458 Italia, the aforementioned Lamborghini Gallardo Performante, the Nissan Skyline, and the McLaren MP4-12C.

The new BMW 535d Touring M Sport also got a spot on his "favorites" list, grabbing the top spot as "2011 Car of the Year."

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by H&R Springs

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by H&R Springs

For all of the tuning projects that have been done on the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, it seemed a little surprising that we haven’t heard a whole lot from the popular 1M at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show other than the ’Black Knight’ vehicle that RevoZport was building.

Apparently, a second 1M Coupe has officially booked its attendance in Las Vegas.

This one comes from renowned suspension specialists, H&R Springs, who built a program for the 1M Coupe that centers on a number of high-end performance parts. That’s not to say that they didn’t work on the car’s aesthetics because they did dress it up with some decals bearing the unmistakable M-Series livery to go with some sticky jewel graphics.

To give the car the perfect stance and performance handling of a true M-Series, H&R Springs provided it with its own Sport Suspension set-up that lowered the car by 1.2" on the front and 0.6" on the rear. H&R also added their own Sport Sway Bars on the front (27mm) and rear (23mm) of the sports car. These bars come with forged ends and are made from HF wire, a material that’s unique to the industry because it’s heat treated and shot peened. The last of H&R Springs’ performance parts is the Trak+ Wheel Spacers, installed to perfectly space the wheels and tires in fender wells, and allow for wheel clearance of the big Brembo calipers.

As for contributions made by its contemporaries, the 1M Coupe’s new 19" wheels were provided by BBS and its new Super RS wheels and has been fitted with Continental ExtremeContact DW tires. As for the Brembo brakes, H&R Springs opted to go with the Brembo GT 380mm Big Brake Kit with matching blue calipers from Custom Motorsport.

UPDATE 11/08/2011: We have added new images of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe by H&R Springs from its official debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. Check them out in the picture gallery.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe 'Black Knight' by RevoZport

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe ’Black Knight’ by RevoZport

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.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by TVW Car Design

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by TVW Car Design

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).

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Romeo Ferraris

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Romeo Ferraris

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.

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BMW dealership employees get fired for "testing" 1-Series M Coupe

BMW dealership employees get fired for "testing" 1-Series M Coupe

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.

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2011 BMW 1M Coupe Raze by Revozport

2011 BMW 1M Coupe Raze by Revozport

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.

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Video: BMW 1-Series M Coupe vs. Walls

Video: BMW 1-Series M Coupe vs. Walls

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.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe

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!

Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe.

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2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Safety Car

2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Safety Car

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.

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BMW 1 Series M To Debut In Detroit

BMW 1 Series M To Debut In Detroit

The new BMW 1M is one of our most anticipated vehicles and frankly, it can’t arrive soon enough. And it seems, after skipping the Paris Auto Show to make somerounds on the streets of Paris, the new M1 will debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. That is, if the first round of prototype driving reports are correct.

The newest M product is a bit old school compared to the rest of the range, as this model will feature a manual transmission, not those fancy paddle shift automatics. In the power department, we are banking on an upgraded twin-turbocharged inline-six that will pump out around 335 horsepower. All that power will run through the rear wheels via a torque vectoring M differential.

In the style department, The BMW has multi-spoke wheels, drilled discs, and quad exhausts. It short, the 1W will look a bit like the 1-Series, just with a few extra steroid injections to pump everything up and out.

After the Detroit show wraps up, the M1 will hit showrooms in May, with only 2,700 examples produced for the world’s auto loving population. There will only be three colors available: Alpine White, Jet Black, and Valencia Orange Metallic.

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BMW 1M Coupe revealed in Paris, but not at the show

BMW 1M Coupe revealed in Paris, but not at the show

The BMW 1M Coupe is a project that has left much to be desired in the form of teaser images and sneak preview videos, but, as BMW was showcasing the 6-Series Coupe Concept,three versions of the 5-Series Touring, and the X3 Crossover at the Paris Motor Show, the sporty little Coupe was taking part in another mini show of its own. Out and about in the streets of Paris, the BMW 1M is being shown in these pictures while pieces of its black and tasteless tarp were slowing being peeled off to show glimpses of what we all have been waiting to see for quite some time now. Clearly BMW wanted the 1M to play some part in Paris’ festivities, but the incomplete coupe only saw the pavement located on the outside of the major auto show allowing BMW to dominate both sides of the auto world during the French auto show.

The BMW 1M Coupe is said to carry the same type of engine found in the 135i and producing 306hp. Some of the changes appearing on this model will be a central duct, brake air ducts, an additional two ducts on the bonnet, two air intakes on the front wings for a typical M look, and the bar that incorporates the side indicator light. It will also have widened fenders, integrated duckbill trunk spoiler, upgraded M wheels, and large brakes with cross-drilled rotors. All of these tweaks and pinches will be available in a limited number of about 2,700 units, but these teaser images only show us a peek at a piece of the front bumper and the back bumper which allows for a glance at the quad exhaust. These offerings also allow us to view the new wheels on the sporty coupe.

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BMW 1-Series M Coupe To Be Limited In Production?

BMW 1-Series M Coupe To Be Limited In Production?

We take forum posts with a grain of salt, but this one is quite interesting. A man named David Aviles, who works at Northwest BMW in Maryland, won a sales competition and was invited to an event called The Power of M. While he was there, the man from Maryland discovered some interesting things.

He saw some information on the new 1-Series M Coupe that is highly unusual. According to Aviles, there will only be 2,700 examples of the car made, and there will only be three colors to choose from. Those colors will be Alpine White, Jet Black, or Valencia Orange Metallic. On the plus side, all models will come with a manual transmission.

If he is correct, this is some odd news. We know that BMW has been making some rare M cars as of late, but this wasn’t suppose to be a rare model. Aviles did say that the U.S would be getting the most models, which is ironic considering the amount of people in this country that can’t drive a manual car.

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Future BMW 1M spied testing

Future BMW 1M spied testing

Spy photographers caught the future BMW 1M revealing its real bumper, widened fenders, integrated duckbill trunk spoiler, upgraded M wheels, and large brakes with cross-drilled rotors. The car will be unveiled in mid 2011 and wil stay in production until 2013. A Coupe and Cabrio version will be launched in 2013.

Under the hood, we will see BMW’s latest six cylinder N55 with twin-turbo technology and both manual and M DCT transmissions.

The car will feature a central duct, brake air ducts, an additional two ducts on the bonnet, two air intakes on the front wings for a typical M look, and the bar that incorporates the side indicator light.

From what we know of the BMW 1M, it’s looking like we will be receiving 350hp leading us to believe it will stand to compete with the Audi TT-RS amd the Nissan 370Z. Hmmmm...which will we choose?

Check out the links and the galleries to figure it out yourself.

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Possible BMW 1M spotted testing near M-Division headquarters

Possible BMW 1M spotted testing near M-Division headquarters

It’s amazing what you can happen to come upon while taking a ride in the countryside. These photos were taken in Garching, Germany and while some of the images appear to be nothing more then an ordinary traffic jam, but if you look carefully you might notice the red BMW 1-Series that’s sticking out like a sore thumb, which makes these photos a little more interesting.

What’s so interesting, you ask?

Well, if you put one and one together – and by one and one, we mean a BMW 1-Series driving in Garching, which incidentally, is the stomping grounds of the brand’s in house high performance tuners at the M Division – then you just might be looking at the new BMW M1. Of course, there’s no confirmation of this other than the facts that we have just given you, but looking at the car, it does bear some striking similarities to the new BMW 135i.

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