BMW was originally going to release the 1M as a limited production model of 2,700 units. Then due to overwhelming demand, the company lifted the cap and produced a total of 6309 cars until production ended in June 2012. To this date, it remains one of the most sought BMWs to own and also a rarity on the roads.
With 740 units sold in the US and a further 220 sold in Canada, the 1M has become a collector’s item. From the factory, the 1M was released in only three colors: Valencia Orange, Alpine White and Sapphire Black. So when we came across a different paint job, we instantly stopped to look.
This BMW 1M was spotted in Essen, Germany and at a first look, seems to feature a Frozen Blue paint job. Without touching the surface is difficult to tell if the owner opted instead for a matte vinyl wrap.
The BMW 1M Coupé uses a re-tuned version of the same engine found in a BMW 135i, which is used in various other models such as the 2011 BMW 335is coupe/convertible, 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, and 2011 BMW 740i.
In the 1M Coupe, the engine produces 340 PS (250 kW) at 5900 rpm and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (with +369 lb-ft (500 N-m) overboost). The only available gearbox is a six-speed manual with a limited slip differential. BMW 1M sprints from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 4.8 seconds.