New Real Life Photos BMW 1M in Alpine White

1M, Featured Posts | January 5th, 2011 by 20
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A new set of photos portraying the BMW 1M in the beautiful Alpine White color have been just submitted to us. Courtesy of and …

A new set of photos portraying the BMW 1M in the beautiful Alpine White color have been just submitted to us. Courtesy of 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.

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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.

20 responses to “New Real Life Photos BMW 1M in Alpine White”

  1. John says:

    Looks a lot like the chubby kid who thinks his fat is actually muscle.

  2. Laszlo says:

    its fat for sure but has a good size muscle too.
    imagine what will Dinan or other tuners do with this car. 400+ HP and all the goodies are already installed. Easily an M3 beater. Hence the reason BMW did NOT pushed the HP higher, although they could have reached the 375 range, that would be too close to the mighty M3.

  3. BIMMER1 says:

    Looks good to me however I’m also disappointed about the final power #’s as well. It should have been much closer to 400hp and torque. The M3 came out over 3 years ago and BMW should be ok with a car having as much or more power than something that’s 3 years old. Oh well, we’ll just wait for Steve D. to do his thing I guess. Also, couldn’t they have used different seats? One thing I always loved about the M cars is that the seats are usually different and offer more support than the standard sport seats. Not to mention they generally look a lot better as well. Why not use the M3 seats in the 1MC? I guess cost was probably the biggest factor but it couldn’t be too much more. It’s still a seat with the same amount of adjustable range, so it shouldn’t cost much more than the regular seats. Oh well, it should still be a killer ride.

  4. mpower says:

    why would bmw make a car which cost about 12 k less out perform a car in its own model range. what would happen to the m3 sales figures and the profit that 12 k would bring. the reason for no special seats no carbon roof no special na engine is cost. they have built a car in a lower segment to the e46 with the same power which can out perform it. Like others said a after market tuner will get 400 plus from that engine get some bmw performance seats and you will have an m3 killer with 7 k left over. but if people thought bmw would build an e 91 m3 killer for 12k less are living in dream land

    • BIMMER1 says:

      The point is you are making a new product with outdated power. If the M3 was being developed today instead of 3 years ago, it would have more than it’s current HP #’s. Probably at least 50hp or so if not more. You don’t see computer companies building machines with 3 year old technology, do you? Of course not. No one would buy a 1.2 ghz processor with a tube monitor in today’s world. Besides, the idea was for the 1MC to slot in the place of the M3 in their lineup, as the current M3 is going to be out of production for at least 1.5-2 years soon and something had to fill the void. It was either that or a Z4M, and the Z4M’s have not been very profitable in the past. They’ve basically had to give them away so they thought the 1MC would be more likely to sell better and at higher margins. At one point BMW was offering $6,500 off the Z4, which meant that if you knew how to negotiate you could get the car for 5-6k below the invoice price. That’s over $10,000 off the sticker of a car that only costs 55-60k to begin with, which is unheard of. Although BMW seems to be ok with taking hits these days, as they lose tens of thousands of dollars on every hybrid car they sell right now.

  5. X5SoB says:

    You guys are talking horsepower in a car whose mission statement was enhanced enjoyment and dynamic involvement. You put 400+ hp in this car and you are left with a nose-heavy point and shoot weapon that scares the hell out of most drivers. The 1M is supposed to recall the original M3 in its balance, poise, and tossability. As with the Vision Efficient Dynamics, some people just don’t get it.

    • BIMMER1 says:

      I fail to see how adding 50-60 hp with mostly software updates is going to add any weight to the car. I have a 135 with Dinan Stg. II software (380hp/420tq) and aside from BMW’s terrible electronic throttle response and the run flat jitters, it handles pretty damn well. Both of those issues have been addressed on the 1MC, so it shouldn’t be a problem. The power however, can be pretty scray if you’re not used to it. But this is an M car we’re talking about here. It should be scary if you don’t know what you’re doing.

    • Laszlo says:

      i don’t get you. 375HP or 335HP isn’t that much of a difference. If 375 would make the car a point and shoot car then its already there with 335…

      • BIMMER1 says:

        If you really don’t think that a 50-75hp, or more importantly a 50-100lb-ft of torque increase is significant then I can’t take you too seriously in relation to this topic. It does make a big difference. A “point and shoot” car as you refer to them does not rely on the power of the engine to make it that way. A car with 700hp can still be a “point and shoot” car if the driver knows how to use his right foot properly. The chassis and suspension give the car those characteristics, not the engine. Are you saying BMW should dumb down the M cars so people that can’t drive don’t hurt themselves or something? That makes no sense to me. An M car is supposed to be a race car made for the street. Not a slightly faster version of the regular 3 series offering.

        • BIMMER1 says:

          I meant 1 series, but it’s the same for all M versions vs. their non M models. There needs to be a signicant gap between them.

  6. X5SoB says:

    I do like the Alpine White though, which I think was the original premise of this post…

  7. Efoza says:

    This car will be 1st choice for pimps and drug pushers- so not a very classy BMW power car to have and to own.

    • Artmic says:

      why would a Pimp drive this thing? I’d be embarrassed driving this, and i don’t have to support a macho aurora around me to be down in the hood. Can you imagine a gangsta driving this female looking car around town? The bro’s would be offering him tampons for his monthly visitor.

  8. AKSHAT says:

    hey can anyone tell me bmw is better or mercedes benz

  9. Daniel Hoang says:

    To end all of the Horse Power delima, Car and driver just said that this car accelerates 0-60 in an estimate 4.4 seconds. Considering the fact that the E92 M3 accelerates just as fast. The ratios on this 6 speed were probolly for acceleration rather than top speed. Either way 4.4 seconds seem good enough for an everyday sports car that handles well

    Also, In comparison. The famous MK4 Toyota Supra sprints to 60 in 4.6 with 320hp. The Porsche 911 Carrera also does similar figures.

  10. Artmic says:

    yeah who cares about the engine, and how much HP it has, any of you want to drive a car that looks as badly Dated as the 1 series? Jesus, what were they thinking? it looks like a last generation 3 series on acid, something that was beat with an ugly stick.

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