The BMW 1-Series M Coupe

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- If heritage value means nothing to you then by all means modify it to your heart’s content. It is after all your car, your money and your taste.
- One thing not featured on a 135i is the 300KM/h speedometer as shown here, at the max using the instrument cluster test feature.
- A customised version of the 135i’s tachometer and oil temperature gauge is featured here. The grey backing and red needles being exclusively for M cars.
- Continuing here with the orange stitching, another unique trait of the 1M is the grey alcantara inserts. The two contrasting colours do a good job in reminding the occupants that this is no ordinary 1er.
- M Logos everywhere! This has become the norm to have the ///M logo embossed in the leather. First seen here!
- The orange stitching on the interior’s inserts and the seats is unique to the 1M. After given the go-ahead by BMW executives to build the 1M, the code name of the 1M was Pyrat - an orange coloured Rum. Hence the stitching and Valencia Orange paint.
- If you are lucky enough to own a 1-Series M Coupe, I urge you to look after it but most of all enjoy it!
- As with all BMW M cars, the 1M is masked with M logos everywhere. A common occurrence for most manufacturers to place logos on is the door sill where they never pass up the opportunity to remind you of what car you are about get in.
- The 1M has a lot of beauty to show, both is stock and modified forms. Some purists believe that cars like this should be left in its purest form to preserve its heritage value.
- I want to send a shout out to my bro AR27_Photography for the help with the shoot and to my other bro Shaheev for the use of his car.

BMW fans around the world would testify that the recent E82 1-Series M Coupe (1M) has been one of the most exciting cars brought to us from Munich. The flared wheel arches, a high-roofed coupe body style (promoting a gorilla-like stance) and the potent N54 power-plant under the hood these vehicles form the basis of an ideal platform for some after-market goodness. The ever-so debatable number of examples sent to South Africa aside, one thing for sure is 1M’s have been limited issue in any market they were available. Here in South Africa, there is no shortage of homebrewed 4-wheeled works art based on the 1M (one BSM number based in Johannesburg springs immediately to mind). Stock examples are rarely showcased. Some may argue that there is nothing to show with a stock example. Any online syndication if not a road-test would attest to that fact. I believe there is beauty to behold in both the stock and modified . If heritage value means nothing to you then by all means modify it to your heart’s content. It is after all your car, your money and your taste.

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