Although they have snapped up by savvy buyers, we’ll be reviewing one as soon as its delivered. A friend put a few shekels down to secure his coupe early in the piece. Inevitably it’s going to be called the M1. In case you’re wondering why BMW didn’t call it M! to follow M3 and M5, they kept that nomenclature for the early supercar. However most people are ignoring BMW’s badge and calling their car an M1.
The latest offering from BMW’s high performance M Division, the highly-anticipated new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, has arrived on Australian shores.
In a sign of the excitement surrounding the latest BMW M car, all of the initial 100 cars allocated to Australia from a limited global production run have already been pre-sold to quick-off-the-mark customers.
BMW Australia has since secured an additional 100 cars, all of which have been allocated to dealers, who are known to have lengthy customer waiting lists.
BMW Group Australia Managing Director Phil Horton, said that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is an instant classic.
“This is a return to what BMW has always done best: building the perfectly balanced sports coupe,” said Mr Horton.
“There would be few cars on the road that could offer as much sheer driving pleasure,“ he said.
Based on BMW’s highly-successful 1 Series Coupe, the BMW M car gains a wider, more muscular stance, with trademark BMW M design motifs such as M side ‘gills’, quad exhausts, and sculpted, flared wheel arches.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe features an in-line 6 cylinder engine boasting twin turbo parallel turbo charging with two exhaust turbo chargers of identical size. Based on BMW’s multi award-winning three-litre engine, this BMW M power plant sees an increase in engine output to 250kW. 450 Nm of torque is available from just 1500 rpm, with an additional 50 Nm on tap by means of an overboost function.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe sprints to 100km per hour in just 4.9 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is 9.6 litres over 100 kms, and CO2 emissions are a mere 224 grams per kilometre.
A newly developed six-speed transmission has been specially designed to interact with the high torque engine, yet weighs just 43 kilograms, making it far lighter than conventional transmissions.
The chassis technology of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is derived directly from motorsport. Components originally developed for the BMW M3 have been modified and fine-tuned in extensive testing on the Nurburgring. The double joint rear axle and five-link rear suspension are made almost entirely of aluminium.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe comes with a variable M differential lock on the rear axle as standard. With up to 100% locking power, drive torque is distributed as required and offers maximum acceleration when exiting a corner.
The M specific high performance compound brake system (360 mm front and 350 mm rear) provides strong durability under maximum load while being extremely lightweight. Derived from race car technology, the braking system on the BMW 1 Series M Coupe ensures impeccable deceleration with significantly reduced susceptibility to fading.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe features BMW M’s trademark ‘M Dynamic Mode’, which is activated through a button on the instrument panel. This ensures a higher threshold before DSC interventions occur. M Dynamic Mode enables exceptional handling through corners with deliberate drifting abilities.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe offers a particularly high standard specification in Australia. Standard features include professional navigation, voice control, internet, remote alarm system, adaptive xenon headlights, harman kardon surround sound system, M servotronic, M Drive, and 19″ M light alloy wheels.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is available in three exterior paint finishes, Alpine White, Sapphire Black and Valencia Orange, which is unique to this model. Black Boston leather is the standard upholstery.
Fuel saving technologies from BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology stable, all of which are standard on the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, include brake energy regeneration, high precision injection and needs-based control of auxiliary units.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is priced at $99,900* with customer deliveries due to take place from June 2011.