2011 Geneva: BMW 1M in Alpine White

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To our surprise, BMW decided to leave home the Valencia Orange 1M and bring out at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, a prototype in the …

To our surprise, BMW decided to leave home the Valencia Orange 1M and bring out at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, a prototype in the beautiful Alpine White color. The highly-awaited and unique 1M comes to Geneva for its European debut prior to the official launch in May.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe is only offered in three colors, the previously mentioned Valencia Orange, Alpine White and the metallic Sapphire Black.

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.

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BMW 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.

Even though not officially confirmed, the 1M is said to be faster on Nurburgring than the previous generation E46 M3.

In person, the Alpine White brings out the widebody physique of the 1M. The front and rear fenders stand out even more and the overall impression screams of aggressiveness. While we continue to be fans of the Valencia Orange paint, the 1M is starting to grow on us and makes the final choice even harder, for us and for any other customer ordering the car.

7 responses to “2011 Geneva: BMW 1M in Alpine White”

  1. Very nice. The bright Valencia orange color was more of 1M’s trademark color but flashier while white is classier and more understated. I guess that was the look they were going for at the Geneva show.

  2. Bimmer121 says:

    Ahhhh Alpine White. I’d be happy if I never saw a Valencia Orange again. Not a fan. IMO they should have made it Inka orange as a tribute to the 2002’s instead.

  3. christian says:

    Nice pics but why are so many almost identicial??? I love to see a car from the side (not a little from the front or back) so i can see the profile of the car, but i always have to go to other blogs or car sites so find better pictures. Here it is always the same 2 or 3 angles and then a bunch of repetitions of the same picture… A little sad since bmwblog is so great is every other way. Pictures should be the easy part so I dont understand why it seem so hard?

    • Horatiu B. says:


      I am going to address this again. First, there were two photographers, so some shots might look identical, but came from two different cameras, so we decided to throw them in there so people can choose which one they like best.

      Second, it is hard sometimes to capture side shots, some of these cars are crammed into tight places and it is nearly impossible to get a full shot. Sure, if we were to use a wider lens, we could have captured them, but at an auto show of this size we have to shoot thousands of photos and changing lenses every few minutes is difficult. So we went with a fairly wide lens, but also a telescope.

      Promise we will try to improve this as soo as we can get more staff to go with us at shows.

      Check for new shots, just uploaded some more and yes, some are from same angle.

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