BMW stops taking orders for 1-Series M Coupe
BMW has not mentioned whether or not it will offer a M-tuned version of the new 1-Series.
If you've been considering going down to your local BMW dealer and putting a deposit down on a brand new 1-Series M Coupe, it's too late: the German automaker has reportedly removed the car from its catalog in markets all around the globe.
According to Holland's De Telegraaf newspaper, BMW will continue to produce the car in its Leipzig, Germany, factory until next June in order to fulfill all of the orders that it has received.
BMW's announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise. The German automaker never intended for the 1-Series M Coupe to become a volume model, and it sent a very limited amount of examples to each country that the car was sold in. The car was only sold for a little over a year, which guarantees it a very bright future on the collector car market.
Most of the lucky few who managed to get behind the wheel of a 1-Series M Coupe described it as a car that mixed race car-like agility with day-to-day usability. Some even went as far as claiming that it was a true heir to the original E30 M3.
Under the hood the M-tuned coupe differed greatly from the E30 M3: it was powered by a twin-turbocharged straight-six, good for 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, the engine propelled the car from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds, and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.
The M Coupe's chassis was fine-tuned on Germany's famed NÃ¼rburgring track, and it was said to be "faster than its engine." The car had a curb weight of 3,362 pounds, and boasted a near-perfect 51.7/48.3 weight distribution.
BMW has not mentioned whether or not it will offer a M-tuned version of the new 1-Series. If it does, it has plenty of time to develop it as the 1 Coupe has not yet been released. For more details and images of the car, visit Leftlane's dedicated Buyer's Guide page for the 1-Series M Coupe.