Egyptian Refuses to Pay $150,000 for BMW 1M Coupe, Shoe-horns M3 V8 into a 120d Coupe


If you live in the States and can justify spending a little under $50,000 on a car, the $47,010 BMW 1M Coupe (335hp) is a sound choice for those looking for a fast and fun to drive bimmer as it only costs $7,710 more the $39,300 135i Coupe (300hp) and $13,090 less than the $60,100 M3 Coupe (414hp).

However, in other parts of the world where governments apply ridiculously high taxes on cars, not even the 1M Coupe is a reasonable choice. Take Egypt for example.

According to 1addicts forum member “hatembmw”, the 1M Coupe costs some US$150,000 in Egypt because of the insane taxes! Who can blame him for not wanting to pay that much money for BMW's entry-level M model?

“Hatembmw” settled on a different solution: he took a 120d Coupe, stripped it down and swapped the four-cylinder diesel engine with a 414hp 4.0-liter V8 from the latest M3!

The tune, which was completed in less than a month and cost him around US$45,000, also included the 1M's wider fenders and bumpers, side skirts, mirrors, and wheels, plus uprated suspension and brake bits.

You can check out the car in the photos and the videos that follow below.

[From Hatembmw's posting]

"Complete mods cost around $45,000. In Egypt we pay 300% custom charges on imported vehicles above 2000 cc, which makes a 1m cost a fortune to buy here. (more than $150,000 custom charges+ original car price) so we had the idea of having a standard e82 and fitting it with a bigger engine."

"The V8 dream came to mind since the whole car is gonna be stripped. I thoght the V8 has more roar sound than the turbo six 1m engine, more hp , and of course more challenge. The idea was thoroughly studied and thank god, it went perfect."

Story References: 1addicts via Autoweek




3Deuce27 said... »March 23, 2012

My kind of guy.

The engine swap is easier then you think and really doesn't have to be shoe horned. Hope he had a complete donor.

Anonymous said... »March 23, 2012

Damn. <3

Blarg! said... »March 23, 2012

and THAT is how you stick it to the man!

3Deuce27 said... »March 23, 2012

oops: 'than' not 'then'.

aaronbbrown said... »March 23, 2012

 Nice idea, I wonder how it affected the car's balance though, is it nose heavy now. Not sure how much heavier the V8 is than the 4 banger diesel, or how differently it will sit in the engine compartment.

SamuraiJack said... »March 24, 2012


Hudaman said... »March 24, 2012

I don't think the Egyptian guy would care about that. He just wants to drive really fast out of a riot in case there is one.

3Deuce27 said... »March 24, 2012

Know better, just a  Bad habit...whip these comments out too fast.

3Deuce27 said... »March 24, 2012

 Old idea, modern hardware. 

The diesel probably weighs more 'than' you think it might due to the likelihood it uses a cast iron block and heavier reciprocal parts, but the balance should be close. 

My 328is with an M5 V8, actually ended up with a slightly better balance ratio even though the M5 V8 weighs 40 pounds more the the 328 inline six. The six puts more of its weight forward due to its longer length.

Egy Speed said... »March 24, 2012

I know this car, it belongs to Rami Sery Egyptian contestant in RedBull Car Park Drift today in Cairo

ItsspelledARRON said... »March 24, 2012

does anybody else notice the huge gaps and bad alignment of the front end pieces (bumper hood headlights)? What's that about?

Marttikos said... »March 25, 2012

I live in Finland and here you have to pay 38,000USD for a 116i. The 1M Coupe costs 110,600USD.

HoSSaM Powerlovers said... »March 28, 2012

hateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeem wait the new serprise soooooooooooooooooooon ;)

Nofs said... »April 04, 2012

ta7ya masr ya 3am!! (arabic for long live Egypt, dude)
I love the idea, but I can't understand where the hell did u get a 120d coupe in Egypt which doesn't offer a 120d?
I would sell my car in a heartbeat since it costs almost the same 45,000 dollars new (vw tiguan) and  go for a more exciting 1 series cabrio, but I'd suffice with a N55 engine which is more than enough for my power needs.

Din69 said... »April 09, 2012

Malaysia also has insane tax on cars, the m3 would cost around more than 500 k. We had to settle down with a proton.Furthermore the price of oil (ron 97) is also the highest amongst oil producing countries which is also crazy...out of all the worst thing having to endure in malaysia, luckily the country has beautiful places

Joseph Maher said... »September 05, 2012

 No not the way you think it is...Well this guy tuned the car suspension and you can actually check his videos on youtube...It is a famous car here and he is a real nice can check yourself under "Ramy Serry" and see the videos and see if he is driving "really fast out of a riot in case there is one"

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