The BMW 1 Series M Coupe was released in 2011 after a two year development
period. The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe combines the raw capabilities of a race car
with the agility, versatility, and seating position of a compact BMW Coupe. In
doing so, the 1 Series M Coupe continues the eigenwillig tradition of BMW M.
With this two-door model, BMW M is illustrating its ability to build race car
performance into a small car, capable of everyday use.
The 1 Series M Coupe features a high-strength steel unibody, with unique, widened fenders and rear quarter panels to house the substantially widened track. It also features a metal roof panel which saves about 35 lbs (15kg) compared to BMW 1 Series models equipped with a moonroof. The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, constructed as one of BMW's most performance-oriented vehicles in recent years, will not be offered with a moonroof. This weight savings - at the tallest point of the vehicle - provides a corresponding drop in the center of gravity, which contributes to improved driving dynamics. It also helps maximize head room (or helmet room, as the case may be).
1 Series M's Exterior Design
The powerfully shaped front fascia is dominated by three large air intakes which secure cooling air for the high-performance engine.
With the greenhouse conveying an impression of lightness, the powerfully distinctive shoulder line and the elaborately sculpted surfaces symbolize precisely controllable athleticism in profile. The wheel arches of the 2-door model bulge out especially voluminously at both the front and rear. One 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, as well as forming the starting point of the character line running along the door handles to the rear.
The powerful wheel arches also make the rear of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe seem especially broad. A discreet spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid generates additional downforce on the rear axle at high speeds. The rear fascia has side openings which echo the look of the Air Curtain intakes in the front fascia. The characteristic M visual symmetry is created by two sets of chrome twin tailpipes, each positioned towards the outer edges.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe features standard Xenon Adaptive headlamps.
There are three exterior paint finishes to choose from for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. In addition to Alpine White non-metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic, Valencia Orange Metallic is available exclusively for this compact high-performance sports car.