• Sep 13th 2010 at 11:01AM
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David Aviles, who works at Northwest BMW in Maryland, won a sales competition and so was invited to a European BMW event called The Power of M. While there, he apparently gleaned some info on the 1 Series M Coupé that, if true, is not going to make very many people happy. According to Aviles, there will be just 2,700 examples sold in either Alpine White, Jet Black or Valencia Orange Metallic, and every single one will come with a manual transmission.

BMW's been on a bit of a roll lately with special and limited edition M cars, but if Aviles' news is accurate, we didn't expect the production on this one to be choked off at such a low number. Aviles goes on to say that the U.S. will get the largest allocation, but numbers weren't disclosed. The pic above is a wallpaper rendering of the 1 Series M Coupé by Bimmerpost member Gerald, which might be the closest any of us gets to the car itself. Hat tip to Arash!

[Source: M3Post via Bimmerpost]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I get the feeling that this car isn't going to be cheap, I'll play the price is right and call it at around 45,900. I really hope I'm wrong
        • 4 Years Ago
        $1 Bob, uh er I mean Drew.

        (I'd be amazed if it comes in under $50k)
      • 4 Years Ago
      it will suffer the same fate as the Z4M roadster/coupe for below reasons:

      1. Manual only - Z4M only came in manuals, and no one bought them. I picked one up for 16K$ under sticker and found out the hard way why they weren't selling. BMW clutch delay valves suck!!!!! 1M is no different.

      2. Power to weight - The Z4Ms had the same engine as the E46 M3s with a shorter wheelbase and lighter chassis (150-200 lbs). It had the M3 zcp brakes. Theoretically, it should had been faster, but it was not. It understeered very badly and it would take off on any bumps, those flaws made the power not usable. Let's hope it's not the case, but did you notice how in the Ascari circuit video, the car was horrible during that quick chicane at the end?

      3. My Z4M coupe had horrible ride quality, I absolutely CAN NOT drive on Wilshire blvd in LA. My friend and I are both trained to tighten our buttocks when we see any bumps coming. If you google for a picture of the Z4M's spring length, you will see it's issue with that suspension travel.

      4. My Z4M had some serious build quality issues.

      A. it has 4 rattling points. 1. Driver side door speaker cover, (found loose screw in it by dealer, still rattled at around 70mph). 2. Passenger side speaker. 3. The plastic cover behind the seats when going over a bump. 4. Around the passenger side cup holder.

      B. Both cup holder were broken at the same time. Driver side stuck outside, and won't slide in anymore, while passenger side stuck inside, can't slide out. Both replaced under warranty.

      C. I found a piece of body panel around the tail light on the driver side that flexed a lot, and the passenger side didn't. Also, both door seemed to droop/sag when compared to the body panels.

      In conclusion, I had a love hate relationship with the Z4M coupe, and sincerely hope the 1 M won't suffer the same fate. But from how it looks so far, it's not looking good.

      • 4 Years Ago
      makes sense, there's only so much actual market for something as niche as this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is an absolute ugly looking BMW. Infact, the 1 Series is simply ugly ... almost horrids.
      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe it has some new light weight parts that the supply chain is constrained on? They've been talking up light weight parts for a long time, maybe this is the first "real" car to get them besides the E46 CSL?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The CSL's biggest downfall was that they were all fitted with the SMG. By many enthusiast's opinions, that would make this automatically the more "real" car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Car Town @ Facebook would be PROUD! ...ugh...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol I know it's small but it isn't ugly!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like any easy way to justify a higher price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "and every single one will come with a manual transmission."
      this is why i love BMW
      • 4 Years Ago
      So much for taking out more student loans to own one when I graduate in the spring...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like BMW pulled a Ford Boss 302.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was inline once to get Neal Diamond tickets - a 3 hr. wait. Then they said over the intercom: "This show has been soldout ... (long pause) ... officials have decided to add a second show on Sat. night".
      So - don't worry customer #2701; you'll get your 1M. I mean, what would you do if you were BMW and they sell out in the first day (which they will)?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man the performance of this small thing is gonna be over kill... Poor M3. . .
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have to agree with you there, this car will eat into M3 sales. Guess not with the limited run. If the next generation is a full production run, they'll sell as many M3s as they do M5s.
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