After the announcement that BMW would race an Alpina 2002ti at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the company has added two more of its classic cars – including a very special M1.
Few people have seen a BMW M1 (E26) in real life, but it’s that kind of car that even if you haven’t seen yourself, you need to be aware of and acknowledge its significance and the fact that it has an intoxicating straight-six noise that would make the new speaker-augmented M3/M4 blush in shame.
This may come as a surprise to many of you living in the United States, but the Ford Mustang has been voted the most desirable classic car in Europe.
A survey of 75,046 Europeans carried out by used car selling site AutoScout24, revealed that more than one in three enthusiasts on the continent (37 percent) dreams of owning a Mustang. The legendary BMW M1 came second with 20 percent of the votes, while the VW Beetle was third, with 11 percent.
BMW will take part in the inaugural fair of Paris Photo at LA’s Paramount Pictures Studios, where the German carmaker will present the 1979 M1 Art Car by Andy Warhol, as well as a rare making of footage of this work. BMW will also display a set of Burlesque Style Photos featuring the 6-Series Gran Coupé by German photographer Uwe Düttmann.
How would you imagine a high-ranking executive of a large gaming company like Electronic Arts (EA) arriving at work? Sure, the developer has produced some popular racing games like Need for Speed and the Burnout series, but what about its management; do they have any real love/interest for cars?
We cannot speak for all the top brass, but we can tell you that Patrick Söderlund, the executive vice president of the EA Games Label, definitely seems like our kind of guy; from the car the Swedish native rolls in, to the fact that he makes a point to note in his 'About' page on EA that he spends his spare time driving race cars.
Leave it to a German tuner with a tongue twister name like Schwabenfolia to go all lime green with a limited edition sports car like the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, of which a little over 6,300 units were produced during a ~1-year run.
But fear not, as Schwabenfolia didn't actually paint the Bavarian coupe, instead, it applied a lime green foil wrap, which is priced at €2,150 (US$2,850).
The original BMW 1 M Coupe sporting a 335hp (340PS) 3.0-liter turbocharged six is the fastest regular production 1-Series model money can get, but if you are willing to spend a small fortune, you can turn it into something much faster and far, far more brutal in every way.
It was not too long ago that G-Power introduced its first take on the BMW 1 M Coupé with a 429hp (435PS) performance tune. Now, the famed BMW tuning brand is taking it a few steps further with its new G1 V8 HURRICANE RS model.
While the G-Power 1 M Coupé made use of the original model's 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six, the G1 HURRICANE RS borrows the 4.0-liter V8 engine from the M3 E92 Coupe.
In fact, G-Power installed the entire powertrain from the M3 including the DCT double-clutch transmission gearbox and stainless steel exhaust system, and while it was at it, also made use of the M3's front and rear axles!
Being the power-hungry company that it is, the Germany tuner wasn't satisfied with the stock engine's 414hp (420PS) so it bolted on a customized ASA supercharger system along with several other goods such as an aluminium cast air box that boost output to 591hp (600PS) and peak torque to 580Nm (428 lb-ft).
Renowned BMW tuner G-Power has presented its take on the youngest and smallest member of the M family, the 1-Series M Coupe.
At the core of the upgrade package is a comprehensive tune of the 1M Coupe's 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six.
The German firm's engineers raise the pulse of the force-fed powerplant with an elaborate kit that includes reprogrammed software, flow optimized downpipes, enlarged capacity for the boost cooling system and a lightweight custom exhaust system made from titanium that shaves 20kg (44 pounds) over the stock exhaust.
Forty years ago, in May of 1972, BMW introduced a new sub-division for its racing activities named BMW Motorsport GmbH.
After the success of cars like the 3.0 CSL Coupé on the racetrack, the sub-brand that eventually became known simply as BMW M, introduced its first production model, the limited run M1 in 1978.
As strange as it may sound to most drivers, the more rare and expensive a classic sports car is, the more chances you have of finding one with very few miles on the odometer and in pristine condition in the used car market.
The limited production BMW 1-Series M Coupe is a fine car, but suspension and tuning specialist H&R believes it can make it even better with some select upgrades.
Developed by the American arm of H&R, the 1-Series M Coupe Project gets a light makeover with the addition of European headlights and headlight switch, a white color surround for the double kidney grille and BMW M racing decals on the front end and behind the front fenders.
After presenting the M135i Concept sports hatch at last month's Geneva Motor Show, BMW is now concentrating on finishing the development of the production model that will arrive in European showrooms either at the end of this year or in early 2013.
If you exclude the patches of swirly camouflage on the car's profile and the lack of the M Performance brand's traditional tricolor stripes on the sides, nothing else has changed over the prototype model.
The production M135i is based on the soon to be revealed three-door hatchback body-style of the latest 1-Series adding an assortment of M aero parts such as the front bumper, side skirts amd a different rear bumper that accommodates an integrated diffuser and dark chrome-trimmed exhausts pipes.
Other parts worth mentioning include the mirror caps in Ferric Grey and side window surrounds in gloss black plus the new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Modifying a high-performance model like the BMW 1M Coupe is no easy task but it's one that Germany's Tuningwerk is more than happy to accept.
What you see here is the result of Tuningwerk's efforts to create a street-legal track racer out of the M brand's entry-level model and which it calls the 1M RS.
At the heart of the car lies a heavily tuned version of the 1M's 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six, which is loaded with 335-horses and 450Nm (332 lb-ft of torque) out of the factory.
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).
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!
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what you upload on the web is there for the entire world to see.
And that's one lesson learned the hard way for Vacheh Margoussian, 21, and Artin Yazidjian, 22, both of which were employed as a valet and a tire technician respectively at the Pacific BMW dealership in Los Angeles when they allegedly took a brand-new 1 M Coupe for a joyride and uploaded a video on Youtube.
Now, both men have not only lost their jobs but are also facing misdemeanor charges filed by the LA County district attorney’s office.
BMW boasts quite an extensive range of models, from the base 1-Series hatchback to the flagship M variants and everything in between. Hatchbacks, coupes, saloons, estates, hybrids, SUVs, you name it and there is at least one model with the red and blue badge on it. Recently, even a diesel-powered X6 M was spotted making the rounds at the Nordschleife.
The M division's engineers, though, think that there's something missing. In a recent interview, the F10 M5's project leader Max Ahme revealed that the company is currently considering a pure supercar – something it lacked since the Lamborghini-built M1 that was produced between 1978 and 1981.
BMW’s M Division looks set to break almost every tradition it has created in the last three decades. First it put the M badge on not one, but two SUVs – the X5 M and X6M. Then, with the new M 1 Coupe and M5 sedan, it abandoned natural aspirated engines that were a hallmark of all M coupes, cabrios and saloons no matter how many cylinders they had.
On the other hand, the M5's new twin-turbocharged engine is more powerful, has more torque and consumes less fuel compared to its predecessor. At least, unlike future small BMWs, the company's sportiest models will continue to direct torque to the rear wheels, right?
Well, not so fast. During the new M5’s press launch in Spain, project leader Max Ahme told journalists that as power and torque figures increase, four-wheel drive may be the only possible way to harness all those ponies.
The latest Nissan GT-R has put another victory under its belt, this time in a drag race against ten of some of the world's most wanted sports cars at an empty airstrip.
The quarter-mile duel was organized by Motor Trend magazine. The eleven cars assembled were worth more than $1.5 million, and featured a combined 82 cylinders delivering over 5,000 horsepower and 4,000 lb-ft of torque.