The new 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe in Black Sapphire was spotted in Munich by a member of 1addicts. The new 1M goes on sale in the US on May 16 and the demand for the car has exceeded the expectations, mostly due to limited supply and very attractive pricing, $47,010.
The exclusive and limited 1M also comes with a limited choice of paint jobs, Valencia Orange, Alpine White and Sapphire Black. The two metallic paints, Orange and Black, cost an additional $500 for U.S. customers.
Aside from the Brussels Motor Show where the 1M appeared in the Alpine White color, all the other auto shows hosted the 1M in the new exclusive orange. We expect in the upcoming months to see the 1M in different colors at various auto shows.
Despite the lower quality, the video gives you an idea how the 1M in Black Sapphire looks on the road and whether it matches the aggressive stance and road presence as the other two, more lively colors.
Additionally, the BMWNA is considering offering a CSL-like decals kit for the 1M.
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.
For more in-depth look at the new “baby-M”, please visit our 1M section.