BMW launched its compact 1-Series 5-door hatchback in 2004, as the smallest and cheapest car in its range, and it proved a big hit with the motoring public. In 2007, the car was facelifted and the model range expanded to include a 3-door hatchback, 2-door convertible and coupe.
The high-performance version of the car, the 1 Series M Coupe ( or simply ‘1M Coupe’) was announced in 2010, developed by BMW’s famous motorsport branch, BMW M. It used the 3-litre M TwinPower Turbo straight-six cylinder petrol engine, providing explosive power build-up, beefy torque and endless power.
Other features included the high-performance M Chassis, a high-tech braking system featuring compound discs perforated and connected via a floating arrangement, a differential lock for more traction and greater stability when cornering, and ‘M Dynamic Mode’ , which made controlled drifts possible. The car was offered only with a closely-graduated six-speed manual gearbox.
The exterior appearance was also altered from the standard 1-Series Coupe, with a significantly broader track width, air inlets on the low front apron, strongly contoured side sections with powerfully flared wing extensions, M wing mirrors and side air vents, and twin tailpipes on either side. The car was offered in just three colours – Valencia Orange, Black Sapphire and Alpine White – while wheels were 19-inch light-alloy models in the M-specific Y-spoke styling.
Inside, was a M instrument panel with Alcantara-covered hood, M leather steering wheel with highly contoured rim and ergonomic thumbrests, and M Sport seats in black Boston leather with contrasting stitching.
Despite originally intending to make just 2,700 of these pocket rockets, BMW continued to produce the car until June 2012, with a total of 6,309 cars eventually sold worldwide, almost 1,000 of which went to North America.
Radio BMW Professional, Harman/Kardon Surround, Electric Folding Exterior mirrors with auto dimming, USB audio interface, Traction control, Xenon Headlights, Air Conditioning, ISOFIX child seat system, Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, Auto dimming rear view mirror, Rear park distance control (PDC), Alarm system, Front centre armrest, Sun protection glass, Ski Bag and through load, Cruise Control, Light Package, Windscreen with Grey shade band.
The aggressive lines of this rare modern classic, infamous for its looks, do not disappoint. With a deep shine to the Black Sapphire metallic paint, which looks stunning under the studio lights, there is an emphasis on the large wheel arches, multiple vent air scooped front bumper and the wide but compact nature of this muscular car.
The black Boston leather is in excellent condition and remains soft and supple, while still retaining the smell of a new car. The cabin is finished with Kyalami orange stitching that adds definition to the seats and interior. Alcantara adorns the trim enhancing the motorsport theme, with further stitching to the instrument shroud, door cards, dashboard, gear gaiter and handbrake.
The Alcantara leather steering wheel retains its deep textured appearance while the M badged dials are neatly tucked behind. Manual adjusted seats alow the driver to sit lower in the car than the electric equivalent make this 1M a joy to use.
Optional Harman Kardon speakers which includes an AUX inputs allows further usability and volume to the factory fitted system.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The straight 6 turbo engine is in excellent condition, presenting as new and having had a full BMW service history with a recent service with Park Lane BMW in April 18.
The 6 speed manual transmission is a joy to use and a rare sight in today’s cars – a slick and precise throw with excellent pedal position is the life blood of M Power.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Y spoke 358N 19 inch alloys are in excellent condition and running their original factory specified Michelin PS2 tyres with excellent tread. Brakes are strong and perform faultlessly on test with good pad and disc material remaining.
Supplied new by Jacksons BMW and first registered in July 2011, this 1M has always been serviced by the BMW main dealer.
Servicing has been carried out at the following intervals:
15/02/12 – 1352 miles
18/10/13 – 5976 miles
09/03/15 – 11,152 miles
29/09/16 – 12,761 miles
16/09/17 – 13,576 miles
21/04/18 – 13,681 miles
A full owners wallet complete with all book packs is present and correct, alongside the spare key and all MOT/SORN certification. Invoices documenting it’s service history and service book stamps are also included. The car remains under BMW warranty until Oct 18.
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