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 |  Dec 17 2012, 12:01 PM

Final Bespoke Slant Nose Porsche 911


It’s the second day of AutoGuide’s Dream Car Garage list. This time News Editor Luke Vandezande compiled his list of the 10 cars, a word used loosely at points, that he would pick if money weren’t a factor.

Bespoke programs are wildly popular in the high-end car market, but this one-off from Porsche is probably one of the most interesting 911s to come from the Porsche factory.

SEE ALSO: Final Porsche Slantnose Defines ‘Factory Custom’

There isn’t another one like it. From the leather-backed gauges to the adjustable boost meter and limited slip differential and a six-speed manual transmission, this is what every Porsche product of the time should have been.

 |  Jul 07 2012, 1:31 PM

While the rest of the world has been enjoying BMW’s M Performance models, America will finally be treated to its first of the new performance machines in 2014 with the debut of the M235i coupe.

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 |  May 15 2012, 2:16 PM

In what it calls the performance version of the 1 Series for 2013, the BMW 135is coupe and convertible were released today costing $44,145 and $48,845 respectively. 

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 |  Apr 03 2012, 1:02 PM

One of our favorite sports coupes is undoubtedly the BMW 1M. When we tested one last year, we loved pretty much everything about it.

We also knew its life on the production line would be very short. Now, after just one year of production, BMW has stopped taking orders of this ultra special 1-series. The factory will now just fulfill the orders already placed, and it plans to have all of those ready by this summer.

So if you have one, cherish it and look after it; because rare cars that drive well will always have an enthusiast following and will command big money in years to come.

Considering BMW’s next small car will be called a 2-series, this might go down in history as the only M-car based on a 1-series, and is every bit as special as the original M1 supercar of 1978.

However, every cloud has a silver lining. The fabulous 3.0-liter, twin-power, straight-six cylinder engine that produces 335-hp, lives on in the Z4 sDrive35is.

So if you’ve been wanting a new 1M, either start looking around to see if any dealer still has one lying around, or buy a used one before prices start climbing up. We will miss this little rocket ship, and we hope the next small M-car can live up to the standards set by this car.

[Source: Car & Driver]

 |  Dec 29 2011, 7:45 PM

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Those guys over at Autobild sure know how to have some fun. They decided to do grab every current BMW M model  and pit them off against one another at Germany’s Sachsenring track in Bernsdorf.

The fastest time of the day from their shootout was BMW’s M3 GTS, equipped with semi-slicks with a time of 1:37.30 – but since we’re comparing apples to apples, the M3 CRT ran a time of 1:38.87 while the new M5 did it in 1:38.90. That’s a mere 0.03-seconds off the M3 CRT but it’s also worth mentioning that the new M5 was driven by Claudia Hürtgen, a German race car driver and one of Germany’s best known female racers, while the rest of the cars were driven by Autobild drivers.

The 1M Coupe ran a respectable 1:40.18, which was faster than the standard M3 Coupe DCT at 1:40.52. From there it was the M3 Sedan, M3 Convertible, X6 M, X5 M, and E60 M5 rounding off the list. To compare the two generations of M5, the E60 ran a 1:43.77, almost five seconds slower than its newer-generation counterpart.

Autobild also took the liberty to take Porsche‘s Panamera Turbo S and Mercedes-Benz‘s E63 AMG out to compare it to the new M5. The Panamera Turbo S ran a 1:38.13, trumping the new M5 by less than a second, while the E63 was quite behind with a 1:40.59.

Check out two Autobild videos of the new M5 after the break.


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[Source: F10 5 Post via Autoblog]

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 |  Jun 20 2011, 8:17 AM


German publication Sport Auto has taken BMW‘s 1M Coupe out to Nurburgring and has published the results alongside other track tests. Driver Horst von Saurma took the 1M to a lap time of 8:15 through Nurburgring, while hitting 1:14.1 at Hockenheim. The 8:15 is a respectable time for the 340-hp twin turbo coupe, making it seven seconds faster than the BMW E46 M3 and 10 seconds slower than the current generation M3.

To compare the 1M to its European competitors, Audi’s TT RS ran the Nurburgring in 8:09 while the RS3 Sportback did the Green Hell in 8:20.

At Hockenheim however, the 1M was barely faster than the M3, which ran a 1:14.2 with a DCT gearbox. The 1M’s time at Hockenheim also makes it quicker than Audi’s TT RS (1:15) and RS5 (1:15.3) on the shorter track.

[Source: BMW Blog]

 |  Apr 26 2011, 9:09 AM


Track tests of the new new BMW 1 Series M Coupe are starting to take place and according to one of the most recent, the turbocharged mini-M is a force to be reckoned with.

In the latest issue of Sport Auto magazine the editors there managed a 1:14.1 lap time at Germany’s Hockenhiem circuit. That’s a tenth faster than the current M3 equipped with a dual-clutch transmission – making us wonder just how fast it could be if equipped with a DCT.

The 1M isn’t, however, faster than any M3, with the old E46 M3 CSL model still holding that title for the Mag around Hockenheim, with a 1:13.5.

GALLERY: BMW 1 Series M Coupe


 |  Dec 21 2010, 9:40 AM


In case the months of build-up and big reveal weren’t enough for you, we now have video of BMW‘s 1 Series M Coupe to share. Better yet, it’s alongside it’s historical inspiration: the E30 M3. (Yummy!)

In case you’ve been living under an oil pan, the 1M Coupe uses the company’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six to make 335-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque, plus there’s an overboost function that much like in the Z4 sDrive35is or 335is, helps deliver an extra 37 ft-lbs. Using a six-speed manual transmission (the only one available), the 1M Coupe can hit 60-mph in just 4.7 seconds – meaning that if BMW were to offer a DCT that number would easily be 4.5.

BMW will show the car for the first time at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January and we’ll be sure to bring you plenty of photos of the new sports car then.

GALLERY: BMW 1 Series M Coupe


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 |  Dec 13 2010, 6:10 PM


If you thought BMW had released all the details on its new 1 Series M Coupe last week, you’d be wrong. Marketing the car as a true enthusiast’s machine, almost all 1 M Coupe’s sold are certain to find their way onto a race track and so BMW has gone though the effort of testing the car on THE race track – the Nürburgring. The time? How about an 8:12.

To put that into perspective, that’s 10 seconds faster than the E46 M3, which is hardly surprising, however, as the old E46 only made 262 ft-lbs, compared to the substantial 332 ft-lbs the new turbocharged straight-six makes. Perhaps more impressive is that it’s as fast as the old Z4 M Coupe (another car-guy special) and faster than the 500-hp V10-powered E60 M5.

BMW will officially unveil its new sports car at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, so check back for live photos starting January 10th.

GALLERY: 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe


[Source: BMWBlog]

 |  Dec 09 2010, 11:07 PM


BMW has just released full details and images of the new 1 Series M Coupe. That’s right, full details, not a partial reveal or choppy video, but the complete car – and there’s no shortage of pics either (see the gallery below).

Perhaps more important at this stage, however, are the specs – which don’t quite live up to the hype. Using the company’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, the 1M Coupe makes 335-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque, a few ponies less than the rumored 350-hp number. There is, however, an overboost function that much like in the Z4 sDrive35is or 335is, helps deliver an extra 37 ft-lbs, which was enough to help the 335is rival the M3 in many respects. Using a six-speed manual transmission (the only one available), the 1M Coupe can hit 60-mph in just 4.7 seconds – meaning that if BMW were to offer a DCT that number would easily be 4.5.

For maximum fun, hit the M Drive button, which improves throttle response, as well as the M Dynamic Mode button that limits the traction and stability control.

And while the engine numbers aren’t astonishing, there’s for more to the 1M Coupe that straight power, with the car weighting 77 lbs less than a 135i. Handling is also improved with wider fenders to house the new 19-inch wheels with 245/35/19 tires up front and 265/35/19 tires in the rear. The actual track of the car has also been widened considerably, with the rear track 1.8-inches wider than stock and the front track 2.8-inches wider that stock.

Outside the sports coupe does take the M3 style a step further with a more edgy design and quad exhaust pipes, while the interior is typical M with sports seats, a thick steering wheel with M colored stitching and a few other accent pieces.

BMW will show the car for the first time at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January and we’ll be sure to bring you plenty of photos of the new sports car then.

GALLERY: BMW 1 Series M Coupe


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 |  Dec 08 2010, 7:51 PM

As anticipation builds for the car’s official reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January, BMW has finally shown its new 1 Series M Coupe completely uncovered and from several angles in a new short video.

The car is expected to deliver 340-hp from a twin-turbo inline-six engine.

As is obvious from the video, the car gets some M3-inspired aerodynamics, but with an even more aggressive look and more angles – looking a lot like our rendering from several months back. Other items include some massive forged aluminum wheels, as well as big brakes.

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 |  Dec 06 2010, 8:00 AM

With the official reveal of the 1 Series M Coupe just over a week away, BMW is already considering more versions of the small sports car to meet demand.

Initially BMW’s plan for the 1M Coupe was to limit production to just 2,700 units, but later reports have indicated the German automaker will build as many of the high-performance models as the market will accept – especially as this version of the 1 Series is set to be retired in the not-too-distant future.

Now, thanks to a source inside BMW, we’ve learned that a cabriolet model will be offered if demand for such a car exists. Better yet, BMW is also considering a higher-performance model along the lines of the BMW M3 GTS or CLS. (Could this be the version rumored to make 451-hp?)

The source, known by rendering artist Jon Sibal (who dreamed up his own special edition 1 M Coupe to share – above), commented that, “Reaction to the Coupe will determine the Cabrio’s existence as will the GTS/CSL type car.” That being said, we have to think BMW has already given both the green light.

[Source: JonSibal]

See another rendering of the 1 Series M Coupe by Jon Sibal by Clicking Here

 |  Nov 24 2010, 8:21 AM

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe might just be the most highly anticipated debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Numerous spy photos (many by BMW) have revealed much of what the car looks like and the type of equipment it will get, but there has yet to be any official word on the car’s engine.

Believed to be the turbocharged inline-six N54 engine, a leaked photo obtained by the folks at 1addicts reportedly shows that the car, code named “1 M Pyrat” will get 340-hp.

And while that’s hardly news to anyone, the list of data seems to also show that a U.S.-spec version of the car will get an astonishing 451-hp. That seems highly unlikely as the current M3 makes far less than that at 414-hp.

As unlikely as it is that BMW would give the 1M more power than the M3, it might give some credence to rumors that just 2,700 versions of the car will be built, making it one extremely exclusive and impressive machine.

[Source: 1addicts]

Check out AutoGuide’s rendering of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe here

 |  Oct 07 2010, 7:19 AM


BMW‘s 1 Series M Coupe was a no-show at the recent Paris Auto Show – probably because it was out on the town. A selection of new photos released by BMW show the new sports car revealing just a little more of its aggressive bodywork including part of the rear bumper, exhaust pipes and aggressive diffuser.

Set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the 1 Series M Coupe’s design mimics that of the E92 M3 but with sharper angles and even larger fender vents. Plus, flared fenders make room for larger wheels, while a slightly raised hood hints at the power below. There’s no confirmation on the engine, but it’s expected to be a modified N54 turbocharged inline-six making around 350-hp.

BMW is expected to announce that just 2700 versions of the car will be produced.

Check out all the teasers in the gallery below or hit the jump to see what the 1M Coupe will most likely look like, thanks to our expert rendering.

GALLERY: BMW 1 Series M Coupe Teased in Paris



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 |  Sep 13 2010, 9:40 AM

BMW‘s upcoming 1 Series M Coupe might be a more affordable performance car from the German automaker, but you’re not going to see them clogging the freeways of LA. Nope, this more affordable M model will be extremely rare with just 2,700 versions of the car being produced.

News of the limited production numbers have just leaked online along with a few other details about the car. For starters it will be a true enthusiasts car with only a manual transmission offered. And just three colors will be offered: Alpine White, Jet Black and Valencia Orange Metallic.

While other details about the car have yet to be confirmed its believed to mimic the M3′s aerodynamics, but with even more aggressive and angled sheetmetal. The front bumper will mimic that of the E92 M3 but with sharper angles, while the fender vents are larger than on previous M cars, helping to accentuate the flared fenders. The side skirts are also similar to those found on the M3, but again are more angular. Also of note is a slightly raised hood, black (Shadowline) kidney grille slats and a ducktail rear spoiler.

As for the engine, BMW is still mum on that aspect, but its believed to be a modified N54 turbocharged inline-six making around 350-hp.

We’ll get all the details when the car debuts at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

[Source: M3Post via 1Addicts]