Back in 2011, we took ownership of a Valencia Orange BMW 1M. The 1M saga began with an amazing European Delivery Trip that sealed our love not only for the M products, but also for the unique experience offered by the BMW European Delivery Program.
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We tend to like our cars in pure, standard format, but over time, the mod and tuning seeds have been planted, and the idea of a cool 1M project grew within us. First step was the addition of a BMW M Performance Rear Spoiler, along with a Blacked Out Treatment. Here is what we reported back in 2012:
The biggest change for me since last year is the adoption of BMW Performance Parts. It all started with the black kidney grille and side gills, and last month, I took it up a notch by replacing the standard trunk lip with a new spoiler from the BMW catalog. The folks over at IND not only installed the spoiler, but also gave it a nice orange touch. The trunk spoiler is probably the most cost effective performance part that quickly enhances the aggressiveness and looks of the 1M, and I personally highly recommend it. Since I caught the “performance parts bug”, more upgrades are expected over the next few months, one of them being a performance exhaust system.
Next on the agenda, as promised, was the performance exhaust system. We worked closely with Chicago-based iND and renowned exhaust manufacturer Eisenmann to choose the right option for our 1M. Fast forward a few months later and the popular and high-seller Eisenmann Race Exhaust System has replaced the stock exhaust. More on this later, along with a full photo gallery.
But we didn’t stop here. The same folks at iND suggested we should take advantage of the great 1M tune from ESS Tuning. The ESS E-FlashFlash N54 “is/1M” ECU offers normal whp range on DynoJet of 345-365whp, which translated in our case to around 400 horsepower.
The already fast and fun “Baby-M” is now a little beast that takes the Ultimate Driving Machine slogan to a new level.
Enjoy the video below and stay tuned for a more detailed article on the iND / BMWBLOG 1M Project.