A new set of photos portraying the BMW 1M in the beautiful Alpine White color have been just submitted to us. Courtesy of Driving-Fun.com and BMW Netherlands, we can see the 1M in all its glory in the stunning Alpine White paint.
As some of you might know by now, BMW will only offer the 1M Coupe in three different shades: Alpine White, Valencia Orange and Black Sapphire. Based on a recent poll we ran the favorite among BMW enthusiasts continues to be the black paint, followed closely by the Alpine White. Despite being unique and somewhat exclusive, Valencia Orange comes last in the top preferences.
Before jumping into the exciting photo gallery, let’s recap some of the things around the 1M. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2011, with sales beginning in mid May. Official pricing has yet to be published, but our expectations set the price around the $45,000 mark.
The 1M is powered by the N4 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 engine. For the 1M, the turbocharger, exhaust system, and ECU have been revised to produce 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, though up to 369 pound-feet are available temporarily in overboost mode. Redline is found at 7000 rpm
The new 1M builds atop the 135i Coupe and it said to have the perfect balance. It is 71 inches (1803mm) wide – 4.8 inches (122mm) wider than its 1988 M3 ancestor – yet only 1.3 inches (33mm) longer at 172.4 inches (4379mm) long.
The new 1 Series M Coupe weighs in at 1,495kg DIN (3,296 lbs, preliminary), and features a 104.7-inch (2659mm) wheelbase, three inches longer than the 1988 M3. Front and rear track widths are exactly the same on the 1 Series M Coupe at 60.7 inches (1542mm) each. Compared to the 2011 BMW 135i Coupe, the 1 Series M Coupe is 0.2 inches (5mm) longer, 2.1 inches (53mm) wider, 0.5 inches (13mm) taller, and rides on the same 104.7 inch (2659mm) wheelbase.
In less than a week, BMWBLOG will bring you exclusive coverage from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show where our main focus will be the new 1 Series M Coupe.