The BMW 1 Series M Coupe (“1M Coupe”) is a high-performance version of the BMW 1 Series Coupe, developed by BMW’s motorsport branch BMW M. While BMW naming convention would have called the car the “M1”, the name “BMW 1 Series M” was used instead, to avoid confusion with the original BMW M1.
At the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show, BMW unveiled the “BMW 1 Series tii Concept”, which was thought to be a preview of the M version of the 1 Series. However, the eventual M model appeared four years later and with significant differences, such as a six-cylinders instead of four. BMW officially announced the making of the M variant of the BMW 1-Series Coupé in December 2010.
The 1M coupe was BMW M’s second turbocharged engine (after the S63 V8 which debuted in the X6M). Since the 1M Coupe’s N54 engine was also used in the E89 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, the 1M Coupe is only the second M model, after the Z8 and E39 M5’s shared S62, to use an engine shared with non-M models. The outputs for this engine are 250 kW (335 bhp) at 5900 rpm and 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. An additional 50 N⋅m (37 lb⋅ft) is produced during overboost taking overall peak torque to 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft). The only available drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with an M limited slip differential.
The front and rear track widths were widened by 7 cm (2.9 in) and 5 cm (1.8 in) respectively. As a result, the overall width is 1,803 mm (71 in). The curb weight is 3,296 lb (1,495 kg).
Initial plans were to limit production of the 1M Coupe to 2700 units, however the final production total was 6309.
The 1M Coupe placed third in Evo Magazine’s 2011 Car of the Year (eCOTY) awards. It also featured on Top Gear on 26 June 2011 and recorded a time of 1:25.0 around the Top Gear test track under damp conditions and received “Richard Hammond’s Car of the Year 2011” award in the Top Gear magazine.

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