BMW has officially revealed the 1 Series M Coupe, or 1M Coupe for short (don’t confuse it with the BMW M1). The performance-tuned German sports car packs a 3.0L engine that produces 335 horsepower at 5900 rpm and 332 lb-ft. (450 Nm) torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. It makes 369 lb-ft. (500 Nm) with overboost.
The 3.0L is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission that drives the rear-wheels, allowing the 1M to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and complete the quarter-mile run in 13.2 seconds. Top speed comes in at 155 mph (249 km/h).
Compared to the regular 1 Series (E82) Coupe, the M1 Coupe is 0.2 inches longer, 2.1 inches wider and 0.5 inches taller. Its front and rear fenders have been widened to accommodate 2.8- and 1.8-inches wider front and rear, respectively. Creature comforts like the moonroof were deleted to lower center of gravity.
Despite the car’s wider tracks and larger size, it is 77 lb (35 kg) lighter than the standard E82 coupe and tips the scale at 3,296 lb (1,495 kg). Its brakes, limited-slip differential, aluminum dampers, and the rear subframe and suspension components were all sourced from the E93 M3, further highlighting its solid performance pedigree.
The 1M Coupe had a US starting price of around $45,000 when it went on sale in 2010. BMW originally intended to limit production to 2,700 units; however, overwhelming demand incentivised the company to build a total of 6309 cars until production ended in June 2012.
Of those 6309 cars, 740 units were sold in the US and 220 in Canada. Unsurprisingly, most went to European buyers.
Loved by critics and enthusiasts alike, the BMW 1M was featured on Top Gear on June 26, 2011 and recorded a time of 1:25.0 around the Top Gear test track. Snobbish Jeremy Clarkson liked it, deeming it a breakthrough car the like of the original Volkswagen Golf GTI, while Richard Hammond gave it his 2011 Car of the Year award.
Mercedes-Benz Has A Pickup Truck; What About BMW?
Mercedes-Benz and BMW have been arch rivals for decades, and whatever one does, the other usually follows suit. With Mercedes-Benz surprising everyone with its introduction of a body-on-frame pickup truck — the X-Class — in late 2017, it was only a matter time before BMW started to consider joining the party.
Marc Werner, head of BMW’s Australian division, told in an interview that the segment, especially in Australia, is too lucrative to be ignored, stating:
“We cannot close our eyes and neglect [the pickup segment], we cannot neglect market trends… We have been very pushy regarding utes or pick-ups, and we believe that this is something the company should be looking into.”
The executive didn’t reveal what form BMW’s answer to the X-Class (pictured) will take, but much like how Mercedes-Benz based their truck on the pre-existing Nissan Navara, its engineers won’t necessarily have to start from scratch.
They can source the Hilux architecture from industrial partner Toyota to quickly develop a rugged, body-on-frame off-roader, one offering more premium amenities that Toyota’s pickup.
Werner confirmed that the project is under consideration in Munich, indicating that a BMW pickup truck is entirely possible. Do you think such a model would be a good match for the brand’s image?
Five Of The Weirdest Cars Of All Time – Cool And Nutty
It’s merely every automotive aficionados’ dream to know every detail about almost every automobile in existence, yet the vast majority of them cannot name even a handful of the weirdest cars to grace this planet and why they’re considered some of the most unusual contraptions ever made by any mainstream automaker. It’s very peculiar, don’t you think?
We’re here for you: With assistance from Tony of , we have put together five of the weirdest cars of all time — quite literally!
Despite maintaining a fantastic reputation for combining sheer opulence with effortless performance in practically every single model – apart from the Isetta, of course – and especially if you hadn’t seen the Isetta before, it’s fair to say that BMW has disappointed fans with this micro, and albeit somewhat uncanny automobile. For those who were expecting the Isetta to look similar to that of an extraterrestrial spacecraft, you’ll find yourself feeling a little bit disappointed that it looks similar to the classic Fiat 500 — or perhaps not!
BMW gave the Isetta a top speed of only 53 mph, which is hardly surprising given that this oddity of a car was produced in the early 1950s.
4. Citroen 2CV
As a ‘Tin Snail’ first produced in the late 1940s, the quite fortunately holds a place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time! Now, the 2CV is as basic as a car can be — it has seats that look similar to garden deckchairs, and you even have to provide your own radio too! — but that doesn’t minus the fact that Citroen has literally built an empty shell of a car without thinking much of the interior layout, possibly explaining why it’s so inexpensive even by today’s inflation-adjusted currency rates.
More to the point though, you’re probably looking at the 2CV and wondering why the bonnet is so oversized — it almost makes it look like something used in an old-fashioned, black and white themed television show, doesn’t it? But in fact, under its oversized bonnet is a little air-cooled 375cc two-cylinder petrol engine that offers a top speed of 45 mph and a total of 50,000 miles — rather impressive for an older car!
3. 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero
If you were to look at the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero today, you’d probably just assume that something uncanny left it here before returning to their normal life.Bbut in actual fact, this slick sports car is just another peculiar-looking car that every automotive aficionado is eager to talk about!
Here we have it, in its rarest form, the Lancia HF Zero and its custom-built chassis with the Fulvia HF suspension at the rear to complement its racing car features extremely well. This spectacular and mind-blowing performance machine has enough strange sex appeal to earn third place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time!
2. 2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model
Although a relatively modern design that was unveiled in 2001, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Concept is considered to be one of the weirdest cars of all time! Just by looking at the structure, it’s clear that BMW wanted to go full-out bonkers when designing this uncanny car, deciding to go for more of a bizarre and creased-looking look that doesn’t really sit well with everyone.
Being a sports car concept, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Model was designed solely for the purpose of satisfying those sports-orientated individuals who enjoy experimenting with unusual and absurd looking cars from renowned automobile brands.
1. 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo
If not for its conventional sports car interior structure and comfortable seats, the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo would utterly look like some sort of extraterrestrial spacecraft, wouldn’t it? But watching it racing towards the finish line on solid ground just makes it one of the world’s weirdest cars of all time, even though it’s actually quite normal to some people.
Of course, if you were to sit behind the wheel of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo, or even in the passenger seat, you’ll probably feel as though you’re about to ascend into the outer space! Rest assured that ascending into space is quite unlikely for anything with a steering wheel and a little engine– or anything that looks as though it should be on a race track heading towards the finish line! So, when you find yourself somewhat confused and can’t seem to name one of the world’s most peculiar cars, just think of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo — the by a wide margin.
Top Five Compact Executive Cars You Should Consider
The battle among the world’s premium car brands is as fierce as ever, with plenty of capable cars to choose from. Although , compact executive sedans remain the go-to models for buyers making their first foray into owning a luxury car.
Yes, such cars command a premium price, but know that you’re getting the finest balance of performance, luxury and technology. Without further adieu, here our pick of the top 5 compact executive sedans you should consider.
As far as luxurious elements and elegant appearance are concerned, it’s very evident that Mercedes-Benz has exceeded all expectations with the C-Class sedan, explaining why you see the model everywhere. The C-Class is made for those who appreciate cars with, well, class and don’t mind paying a bit extra for it. The dashboard has a simple yet elegant layout and is arguably much easier to manage than many other executive cars. The Mercedes-Benz C-Classis available at .
Not only is the latest Audi A4 considered one of the best executive sedans on the market, but it is also well-suited for sports-oriented drivers. The car glides through the narrowest and sharpest roads with little trouble, and there really isn’t much more you could ask for from a premium, executive fastback. For something more sleek in appearance, have a look at the Audi A5.
As the new kid on the block, the Jaguar XE has quickly risen to the top of its class in terms of performance. It’s not unusual for drivers to invest in Jaguar models based only appearance and the brand’s reputation — the XE is an attractive saloon inside and out — but they will be taken aback by its class-leading handling and abundant power.
BMW 3 Series
Essentially the face of the premium compact sedan segment, the 3 Series offers adjustable features that enable drivers to make the most of their ride, whether looking for a quiet and smooth experience, or a drive puts a smile on your face. Despite the cost of the BMW 3 Series, its power, ride and exceptional feature balance makes ir a model worth paying for!
Often forgotten in the midst of the big-name contenders, the Infiniti Q50 is Nissan’s successful upmarket brand taking on Europe’s finest. Its high-quality interior, gadget-packed cockpit and roomier cabin are just three reasons why it’s non-obvious choice for those looking for a compact premium sedan.