A local BMW Club in Johannesburg, South Africa gathered three BMW 1M models sporting the only three colors every offered for the “baby-M.” The photoshoot places the launch color Valencia Orange against the beautiful and classy Sapphire Black and Alpine White.
According to BMW of North America, the number one color choice for U.S. customers was Valencia Orange, followed by Alpine White and Black Sapphire.
The M sport division produced 740 units for the U.S. customers. Essentially there were 739 “baby-Ms” sold to customers and one Valencia Orange used as a pace car at 24 hr of Daytona. Production for the U.S. ended in September 2012.
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 BMW 1 Series M Coupe had a base price of $47,010 and most of the used ones are selling above the original price.