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Already an icon in the eyes of many a motoring journalist, as well as owners alike, the 1M Coupe turned the BMW 1 Series into something rather special.
Pistonheads even ran an article in 2014 declaring it one of their hero's - quite an accolade for a car that was only 3 years old, declaring it "A cast iron investment that's an utter riot to drive - what could be more heroic than the 1 M Coupe?"
A high-performance version of the 1 Series Coupe, it was , 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.
The 1M Coupé used a re-tuned version of the twin-turbocharged N54 engine which is used in various other models, In the 1M Coupe, the engine produces 340 PS (250 kW) at 5900 rpm and 332 lb·ft (450 N·m) torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (with +369 lb·ft (500 N·m) overboost). The only available drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential.
The 1M Coupé has a significantly wider track and bigger body than the standard E82 coupé, as well as a different body kit. Despite the car's larger size, it is 77 lb (35 kg) lighter than the standard E82 coupé, giving it a weight of 3,296 lb (1,495 kg).
Demand was strong, but production was limited to 450 Units for the UK market, so are likely to be a car with demand that always outstrips the now only dwindling supply.