In a world of aftermarket tuning, the simple and clean projects are hard to come by. But we have just managed to find one. It’s a BMW 1M build that started as a conversion from a 2012 BMW 135i LCI with DCT transmission. Everything on the exterior is upgraded to BMW 1M appearance and the matte black wrap perfectly accentuates the lines of the car. This means carbon fiber everywhere, new performance parts added and overall, a quality build alltogether.
The body kit is a full OEM BMW 1M body conversion, done by LTMW, featuring some carbon fiber aftermarket aero parts. These come from Mode Carbon and the list of parts includes a rear diffuser and a front lip. This converted BMW 1M has a wider stance and a more dynamic look thanks to the 3M Matte Black wrap applied.
This was done by R1 Motorsports who’s Matte Red BMW F10 M5 we showed you earlier. Wrapping a car is a good idea, since it protects the base body finish of the car, where you can easily peel it off and have a pristine (after detailing) paint job when you decide you want to move the car to a new home.
Performance upgrades on this build include a JB4 tune, custom exhaust with quad tailpipes, A&R 4″ catless downpipe added, Evolution Racewerks front mount intercooler and chargepipe, wrapped up by a BMS Meth Injection Kit. It allows for the much needed horsepower gain in order to reach BMW 1M levels, matching the brand new exterior appearance of the car.
As both the BMW 135i and the BMW 1M are powered by the same BMW N65 twin-turbo straight-six engine this is a somewhat usual step in the process.
BMW 135i uses an engine that produces 225 kW (306 PS) and 400 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque making it a clearly fast vehicle to begin with. The 135i Coupé accelerates from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds, however Car and Driver magazine recorded 4.7 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration on their test. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph).
On the other hand, the 1M Coupé uses a re-tuned version of the same engine, which is used in various other models such as the 2011 BMW 335is coupe/covertible, 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 drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential. Similar times are found for the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) acceleration runs as it runs it in 4.8 seconds. Clearly, the performance levels for other aspects are not the same, but the acceleration is similar.
Finally with the performance modding done, this car received an upgrade in terms of wheels and its suspension. Wheels installed are BLK 501 GTR wheels sized 20×9 in the front and 20×11 in the rear respectively. A set of Ksport Kontrol Pro coilovers was also installed. With the performance and visual mods done, this build is definitely something we can admire completely.