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BMW 1-Series M Coupe

Munich Automobiles, the world’s first exclusive BMW M dealer, welcomed both customers and enthusiasts to have a private preview of the newest member of its tuned-up family last week. And it was a preview that was worth waiting.

The much desirable M badge has finally been marked to the well-received BMW 1-Series in the form of the M Coupe. Being the first country in Asia to view the car, interested customers will have the opportunity to pre-order one of only 20 limited production vehicles to be available officially in Singapore. Well, having a splendid record of selling over 50 M cars since the opening of Munich Automobiles, it came as no surprise when a customer could not resist the car’s good looks and decided to order the car, being the first in Singapore to own the BMW 1-Series M Coupe.

It was, no doubt, a good decision as pre-orders are only available in Singapore from the 22nd to 24th of January 2011.

Exterior

Styling wise, the front end impressively reflects the outstanding performance capabilities of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. Typically M, the powerfully shaped front apron forms a homogeneous surface, dominated in the lower section by three large-format air intakes. Additionally, air curtains are used for the first time in serial production vehicle to optimise the aerodynamic properties.

The in-flowing air is routed into two ducts by means of openings in the outer section of the front apron. These openings are designed so that the air flows along the inside of the front apron in a closed duct to the wheel arches, where it is discharged through a very narrow opening at high speed, just passing the outer wheel flanks. This helps to reduce aerodynamically unfavourable turbulence around the wheel arches.

To add on to another hallmark M feature is the chrome gill element on the front wheel arch which is particularly elongated. It bears the side turn indicator and the M brand logo while a vertical contour edge starts at the gill element which leads down to the side sill.

Round the back, the apron has side openings which echo the look of the air intakes in the front apron. The characteristic M visual symmetry is created by chrome twin tailpipes, each positioned towards the outer edges. This creates a stronger on-road stance for the car. Nonetheless, the tail lights give the muscular-looking car a subtle sense of sophistication. L-shaped rear light clusters with red glass covers create a characteristic night-time illumination and inside these, the rear light is provided by two light banks fed by LED units, enabling a clear view to drivers tailing behind.

Interior

Step inside and feel the warmth of the sporty cabin.

The characteristic M cockpit and a model-specific colour and materials concept create a style which perfectly recreates a sports car ambience. The interior design, created exclusively for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, includes orange contrast stitching on the black surfaces of the seats and backrests, as do the gearshift and handbrake lever. Plus, the M logo is embossed in the front of the headrests, giving it a recognisable signature.

Generally, the dominance of dark surfaces, which is a typical characteristic of a sport car, promotes concentration on the road. In combination with high-quality materials and selective colour accentuations, the interior of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe provides a remarkably harmoniously configuration and at the same time an exclusive ambience for unique driving pleasure.

Under the Hood

This 3.0-litre powerplant hides an in-line six-cylinder engine with outstanding performance, sensational free-revving properties and long-lasting thrust. It has also been modified in M style so as to be able to handle the requirements of both everyday traffic and the race track. Moreover, the M TwinPower Turbo Technology used in the BMW 1 Series M Coupe consists of two relatively small superchargers which, because of their low inertia moment, are active even at low engine speeds, each providing three cylinders with compressed air.

The result?

An unusually spontaneous level of responsiveness. It produces a maximum output of 340bhp at 5,900rpm and a maximum torque of 450 Nm (with overboost: 500) at 1,500 – 4,500rpm. And needless to say, it tops the speed of 250km/h. With this engine-speed-related performance curve, the 6-cylinder power unit embodies the characteristic M properties of a high-performance engine: the BMW 1 Series M Coupé spurts in just 4.9 seconds from standing to 100 km/h, and the urge to accelerate is limited at 250 km/h by means of intervention in the engine control system.

Technical Specifications

BMW 1-Series M Coupe 3.0 (M)

Engine
Type: In-Line six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo direct injection
Displacement: 2,979cc
Max Power (bhp): 340 @ 5900 rpm
Max Torque (Nm): 450+50 (with overboost) @ 1500 – 4500 rpm

Dimensions
Length (mm): 4,380
Width (mm): 1,803
Height (mm): 1,420
Wheelbase (mm): 2,660

Performance
Max Speed (km/h): 250
Acceleration 0 – 100km/h (s): 4.9

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