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).
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.
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.
— chris harris (@harrismonkey) September 15, 2016