There are few cars that are hailed as having the potential to become a classic shortly after their market launch. Especially if it’s a model in the compact category. However, the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupé bucked this trend: within just over a year of its launch and with exactly 6,331 units delivered, it quickly became the benchmark for maximum driving pleasure. With its manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, it upheld the legacy of ‘pure driving’. Even six years after it went out of production, this compact performance car is still in great demand and well on its way to becoming a sought-after classic.
Compact dimensions, fascinating performance: The BMW M3 E30 and the BMW 1 Series M Coupé.
BMW 1 SERIES M COUPÉ SAFETY CAR.
Even before the BMW 1 Series M Coupé hit the market, it was used as the official safety car at MotoGP™ 2011. For this role, the BMW
1 Series M Coupé was put on a diet: it was given a carbon-fibre-reinforced bonnet with additional ventilation openings for weight optimization, while the rear and side windows were made of lightweight polycarbonate. The adjustable rear wing, in combination with the foil in M colours, provided a typical racing appearance. An even lower chassis and a titanium exhaust system rounded off its motorsport aesthetic.