The BMW 1M (or 1 Series M Coupe) was the high-performance ‘M’ model of the E82 coupe range, as sold under the BMW M performance sub-brand. While BMW naming convention would have called the car the “M1”, an alternate name was chosen to avoid confusion with the 1970s BMW M1 supercar.
The 1M was the second BMW M car to be equipped with a turbocharged engine after the S63 V8 which debuted in the X6M. The N54 straight 6 fitted to the 1M boasted 335hp at 5900 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm; an additional 37 lb-ft was produced during overboost, taking overall peak torque to 369 lb-ft. The sole transmission available was a six-speed manual.
Over a standard E82 1-Series the front and rear track widths were widened by 74mm and 46mm respectively, and a limited slip differential was used. Initial plans were to limit production of the 1M Coupe to 2,700 units, although the final production total was 6,309 of which the UK received just 450.
Black Boston leather with orange contrast seam, 6-speed manual transmission, 19-inch M ‘Y-Spoke’ alloy wheels (style 359M), Anthracite Alcantara with orange contrast seam, M door sill finishers, Anthracite headlining, M multifunction leather steering wheel, Automatic Xenon headlights, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Cruise control, Rear parking sensors (PDC), Rain sensors, M suspension, M Servotronic, Variable M differential lock, Dynamic Stability Control, Brake energy regeneration, Warning triangle, Spare key.
BMW Professional navigation system - £2,010
Electrically-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory - £910
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system - £765
Bluetooth telephone preparation with telematics - £545
Valencia Orange Metallic paintwork - £515
Comfort access (keyless access and start) - £470
DAB digital radio - £320
Adaptive headlights - £290
Heated front seats - £265
Auto-dimming electric-folding door mirrors - £245
Sun protection glass - £240
USB audio interface - £210
Driver and front passenger lumbar support - £205
Mobile application preparation - £130
Windscreeen with grey shade band - £55
Telephone USB audio interface - £70
Voice control - £0
This low mileage 1M presents immaculately in sublime Valencia Orange, its rich metallic hue really accentuating the car’s muscular physique beneath our studio lights. The lustrous paintwork retains a deep and uniform shine across every panel with absolutely no unsightly scratches to report, and at the front end there’s hardly a stone chip in sight. The car is arrow-straight along both sides, the high-gloss Shadowline trim is without any marking, and the adaptive Xenon headlights are lovely and clear. All in all, a pin sharp example throughout.