BMW 1M E82
It was 2011 when BMW decided to commission at M sports department the build of a high-performance version of the small E82 and this led to the realization of the 1M.
Built until 2013 in a limited series of just over 6,000 units, the car was aesthetically recognizable for the new body kit, for the quadruple stainless steel tailpipes and for the 19 "alloy wheels derived from the M3 CSL.
As a power unit, a 3.0 24V hexacylinder was fitted, managed by a six-speed manual gearbox and combined with rear-wheel drive.
Able to develop 340 hp with a torque of 500 Nm, the engine was able to push the car up to a maximum speed of 250 km / h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds.
3.0 24V hexacylinder engine
From the reduced weight to 1570 kg, the 1M also implemented sports suspension, sporty disc brakes and the limited slip differential.
Test Drive of the BMW 1M E82
H&R SPRINGS M1 E82
Since its introduction on the market, several tuner have decided to use it as a basis for their own elaborations and among the first there was the American H&R Springs which presented its version at SEMA 2011.
Recognizable by the new livery that reproduced the colors of the M department, the car did not receive updates to the engine nor to the aesthetics except for new 19 "alloy wheels.
The improvements specifically concerned a new braking system represented by Brembo Big Brake and new suspensions equipped with anti-roll bars equipped with forged ends to withstand high temperatures.
APP EUROPE M1 E82
On the other hand, more incisive modifications were made by the German APP Europe which also left the aesthetic part unchanged to focus on the mechanics of the vehicle.
Recognizable for the new 19 "ATS alloy wheels wrapped in UHP Pirelli PZero tires and for the new livery, the car was supplied in the cockpit with new sports seats in Alcantara and a new steering wheel made by BMW Performance Parts.
In addition to mounting a new sports suspension adjustable via iPhone with a dedicated app, German technicians have increased the power of the hexagonal engine up to 410 hp thanks to the installation of a new titanium exhaust system, a new ECU and a new air filter.
Usually I am someone who loves processing, but in this case I have to say that I like the series model much more than the elaborate variants, although they are technically valid. And which do you prefer?
Thanks to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation