• Here it is, the 1M Coupe - Pictures and Official Specs, 335 hp N54 - The new M "era" begins

      Here we finally have it. No more teaser videos, no more showing a fender here or there, no more hype, this is the real deal. BMW gives us the final product and by no accident chose to show it with the E30 M3. Putting the 1M Coupe which has accomplished nothing up on the lofty pedestal of comparisons with the E30 M3, arguably the greatest BMW M ever made, is not showing the E30 M3 the proper respect. It is not a spiritual successor to the E30 M3. However, that is a debate for another time and let's focus on the specs and photos.

      The motor and tune is the exact same as the 335is and 2011 Z4 sDrive35is. Nothing special here folks, same N54, same 335 hp. Disappointing? In our opinion, for an M, yes. This shares the same motor as other cars in the lineup with no changes. Not even a different tune? In our opinion, the powerplant is a major letdown.

      The transmission is a 6-speed with extra cooling which it no doubt will need for the guys who take this thing out of the track. It sends power to the "M" differential which is just a part derived from the E92 M3. The borrowing from the M3 does not stop there, as the suspension is lifted from the M3 as well. Starting to see a pattern here? No doubt you see it with the wheels which are lifted from the M3 competition package with 245/35/19 and 265/35/19 tire measurements. How about those brakes? Lifted from the M3 as well.

      So far we have a parts bin car with the same motor already available and the same parts that were already designed. So... where is the "M" magic? In the body work of course. Look at those great fenders! The car certainly looks like it is a real M car. That counts, why do you think we got all those teasers of fenders and bumpers?

      The car will sell, they will sell every last one. People have already bought the hype. This isn't an E30 M3 and never will be one. As the guys at insideline put it so well, "No doubt the carmaker would like to recast the 2011 BMW 1 Series M as a spiritual successor to that beloved M3. That's a pipe dream." It is a great looking car that will be fun to drive but this new M era has us shaking our heads in disappointment of what M has now become.

















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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        I am mostly in agreement with Sticky, although I still have faith that the 1M will be a rewarding car to own. It might be similar to the US E36 M3 in many ways.
        It is a great car, it just isn't an M.
      1. 1cleanAMG's Avatar
        1cleanAMG -
        Its whatever BMW decides it is.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FR305 Click here to enlarge
        Its whatever BMW decides it is.
        They once decided differently, part of the point.

        If you don't think an M car warrants some special bits all its own, I don't know what to say.
      1. e92's Avatar
        e92 -
        is this really nothing more than a 135is with a bunch of M parts?
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by e92 Click here to enlarge
        is this really nothing more than a 135is with a bunch of M parts?
        Yes.
      1. e92's Avatar
        e92 -
        that's good for is drivers. more aftermarket stuff for them.
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        car looks nice, but the car itself is stupid... i think this is more of the bean counters of BMW wanting to squeeze more profits outta the E82 platform than the M division itself.
      1. Irishace's Avatar
        Irishace -
        Good looking car. I was excited at first when it was announced it had the N54 but I am now coming more into Sticky's line of thinking.

        I will likey wait unit the new M3 comes out before I decide what I will be going for next. It just does not seem worth it for me to move out of my fully modded 135i into this car.
      1. mazdaspeed6's Avatar
        mazdaspeed6 -
        this car must stop on a dime, m3 brakes ftw
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        if i were a 1'er owner, the only reason i would switch is for the interiror really...
      1. mazdaspeed6's Avatar
        mazdaspeed6 -
        this car with jb4 downpipes and race gas would be a $#@!ing monster
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mazdaspeed6 Click here to enlarge
        this car with jb4 downpipes and race gas would be a $#@!ing monster
        Yep, just like all the N54 135's' out there with JB's, race gas, and downpipes...
      1. BASELINE's Avatar
        BASELINE -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Yep, just like all the N54 135's' out there with JB's, race gas, and downpipes...
        I have to disagree, man. You're not factoring in suspension tuning and geometry, brakes, and other M goods that are standard....

        I know ur bummed about the N54 being in an ///M branded car... as a very old school M guy, I get it, I really do. But that aside there is a lot over a 135 when you look at the entire package. And I'm willing to bet that this car will gladly handle the additional 100+ whp with much more poise and balance over a 135i, and that would also make it a ton more fun to drive.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BASELINE Click here to enlarge
        I have to disagree, man. You're not factoring in suspension tuning and geometry, brakes, and other M goods that are standard....
        Yes I am, goods just taken from the M3. Nothing engineered for this car, just stolen from other M cars to keep costs down and people are blinded by it.

        The entire package is a great package, for a 135is. This is brand dilution at work, they NEVER would have done something like this even a few years ago.
      1. e92's Avatar
        e92 -
        lots of pics here

        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2012-...ies-m-coupe-0/
      1. 1cleanAMG's Avatar
        1cleanAMG -
        jesus Sticky stop beign such a fagg. Its the best car BMW is going to be offering in US in terms of performance. Like he said this would handle the the power that comes with heavy tuning better than the 135i. They gave it the chassis the N54 deserved.
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FR305 Click here to enlarge
        yes apparently M cars are about looks because thats the only thing the M3 has over the 335i
        While on some things I totally disagree with you, I'm 100% with you on this one..
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FR305 Click here to enlarge
        jesus Sticky stop beign such a fagg. Its the best car BMW is going to be offering in US in terms of performance. Like he said this would handle the the power that comes with heavy tuning better than the 135i. They gave it the chassis the N54 deserved.
        The N54 deserved an LSD, all BMW's do.

        I simply believe an M deserves more than the same motor that was already in base 335's and Z4's. If the car is just about handling and looks, make it a 135is or offer an M-sport package.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dzenno Click here to enlarge
        While on some things I totally disagree with you, I'm 100% with you on this one..
        Then why are you running 119 on boost and M3's are running 130+ on less boost? One is a much stronger platform than the other, the M3 has a lot more to offer just people can't justify the $ or they would have it.
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        335i is a puppy compared to an m3?? Why, suspension bits? Please...sticky, glad you like your m3 so much but why did you mod it then?? We have no idea how far this "puppy" can be modded (n54 motor i mean) ... With my m3 suspension bits all I'm missing is an m badge on my 335i, not that I'd ever slap it on...