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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  • DanDC5 17 Sep 2012

    I think aussieinlondon's car looks better to be honest.

    Edited by DanDC5 on Monday 17th September 13:10

  • Cotty 17 Sep 2012

    That colour does look fabulous
    Does seem to have a lot of ground clearence at the rear

  • ws323f 17 Sep 2012

    My old 323F was Estoril blue, awesome colour !

  • Papa Hotel 17 Sep 2012

    I like that, it's looks very nasty. The wheels alone look like they'd take a baseball bat to anyone dawdling in the BMW lane.

  • sagarich 17 Sep 2012

    Like the colour, hate the wheels!

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