BEST 1M Coupe


When you see this BEST-tweaked BMW 1M Coupe painted in what appears to be the classic BMW shade of Estoril Blue, it seems a shame that the factory only ever offered it in orange, black or white.

Paint can make or break a car. Porsche's Cayman R press cars seemed to be exclusively bile green, but white ones look far better. A Mercedes SLS seems almost dull in the oft-seen silver, but red really ramps up the visual excitement. All a matter of opinion I suppose.

20in Schmidts have a whiff of retro
20in Schmidts have a whiff of retro
Anyway, apart from a very desirable paint scheme, what does this modified 1M Coupe offer? 20-inch wheels from Schmidt Revolution are the major external change. Ironically, given the success of the paint, these don't look as good as the standard 1M's 19-inch Y-spoke rims. KW coilovers lower the ride height, while the usual one-two of ECU remap plus Bastuck exhaust liberates a claimed extra 85hp from the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six, taking it to 425hp. No performance figures have been released by BEST, but if those claims are accurate it should shift a bit.

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  • epom 22 Sep 2012

    Have a feeling that colour(that superb blue) and its popularity won't be lost on BMW, expect a special edition very soon in that colour.

  • ADM06 22 Sep 2012

    s m said:
    Any idea of the comparative weights?
    Nope! They are forged by OZ though, so the qualities there. Expect to pay £1500 for a second hand set of wheels but they won't lose their value.

  • s m 22 Sep 2012

    ADM06 said:
    s m said:
    I'd probably just stick with standard looks - wheels are pretty big anyway

    M135is are going to be around soon as well - cheaper modding base if you can get on with the 3-door looks
    I'm not sure if type 1s come in anything larger than 18 or 19 inches, they're an old style. You can't beat them on any BMW, and they're fantastically made too. Oh I'm talking of the three piece wheels too. No point in buying the plain Jane single piece.
    Any idea of the comparative weights?

  • BarbaricAvatar 22 Sep 2012

    Nice colour, but we shouldn't be encouraging people to ruin their 1M's.

  • ADM06 22 Sep 2012

    s m said:
    I'd probably just stick with standard looks - wheels are pretty big anyway

    M135is are going to be around soon as well - cheaper modding base if you can get on with the 3-door looks
    I'm not sure if type 1s come in anything larger than 18 or 19 inches, they're an old style. You can't beat them on any BMW, and they're fantastically made too. Oh I'm talking of the three piece wheels too. No point in buying the plain Jane single piece.

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