Chris Harris Buys BMW 1M Coupe, Pays ‘Crazy Money’ For It

Testing cars for Top Gear and racing for Bentley in Blancpain have opened Chris Harris’ appetite for horsepower, as he ended up spending some serious cash on a used BMW 1M Coupe.

Monkey, who is no stranger to welcoming Porsches and Ferraris into his garage, is now enjoying the 335HP and 450Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque produced by the 3.0-liter twin-turbo, straight-six engine that sets the 1M in motion and allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and up to a top (limited) speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Always wanted a 1M. Prefer it to the M2, and yes, I paid crazy money for it, but that seems to be the price of them now. Small, angry, ace“, the British automotive journalist wrote on Twitter.

Harris may be keeping the cost of his latest ride a secret, but doing some research over the web has revealed that usually these cars sell for anything between $50,000 and $60,000, which is roughly the same as a new M2, which carries an MSRP of $51,700 in the USA.

As for the production numbers, BMW was initially looking into 2,700 units, but due to the high popularity of the small M car, they ended up producing 6,309 cars, out of which, officially, 740 were sold in the US and another 220 in Canada.



  • TheHake

    Should have bought one a few years ago. It’s going to go the route of the E30 M3.

  • I love my M2, rides like the first generation Mini and sticks to the ground like it.

  • Dennis James

    Well, it has the last bi-turbo petrol engine made for non-M cars. Nothing beats the N54 in the segment, aside from the new S55 from the M3 and M4.

  • LOL

    This thing was around $34-35k less then a year ago in Canada, when I was shopping for a car.

  • Bob White

    Why is this better than the M2?

    • MmmPorsche

      Simply because this one requires skill to extract everything out of it. The M2 is virtually a self driving car in comparison. Most reviewers who have compared both prefer the 1M. It just isn’t rewarding when there is no challenge. Conspiracy theories aside, BMW killed off the 1M because they knew it would cannibalize M3 sales. The 1M was hodge-podge of pilfered parts of BMWs of yore. No new tooling costs involved. The N54 had the crank from the Z4 and the limited slip was from the E46. Add in a couple of badges, shocks and springs – mix in some stitching and you have the 1M. The car would have sunk the M3 at the time. BMW made sure the M2 did not have the same threat level against the M3/4. However, despite the 2s shortcomings against its brethren, people prefer the smaller car. BMW should take note.

    • syedH1

      the M2 doesn’t compare to the 1M when it comes to enjoyment and how it feels to drive. the 1M is something special while the M2 is a good sports car that never is able to match the 1M in terms of involvement or reward.

  • fabri99

    Amazing car, but way too expensive.

  • T_Cake

    God, but it’s an ugly little bastard.

  • syedH1

    easily the best BMW since the E30 M3……the 1M is a total legend already. Not much else around at the moment that can fit the bill! Well done Chris Harris!