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      06-23-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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Insideline: Attack of the little M's - 1M with Z3M-Coupe, Z4M Coupe, E30 M3, 2002

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BMW 1 Series M Coupe: Genesis and Evolution

A Gathering of BMW's Smallest M Models


When Kay Segler took control of BMW's M Division in May 2009, one of his earliest pronouncements was that it was essential for M to have an entry-level car below the M3, an entry-level model that turned out to be the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. Unlike the small RS Audi, the idea of a My First M is nothing new. Twenty-five years ago, the 3 Series was the smallest BMW you could buy, so the original E30 M3 was by default the entry point. But as the 3 Series grew through E36, E46 and into today's E92 generations, smaller sports cars and the 1 Series have slotted below it.

A christening wouldn't be a christening without the extended family, so we're combining the 1M's debut with a mini M Power get-together: E30 M3, Z3M coupe and Z4M coupe.

In its marketing push, BMW has stressed the 1M's link to the E30, and it's easy to see why: Its three-box silhouette, four-seat layout and basic dimensions are a closer match to the 1M's than either Zs, but, more importantly, the E30 remains the definitive M car. It makes sense to link your new model one that has no storied race heritage to an established icon, especially when you're controversially introducing turbocharging to an M car for the first time (let's ignore the SUVs, shall we).

But if you flick through BMW's back catalog, you'll find a car that has even more in common with the hot new 1 Series than the E30: the 2002 Turbo. The 2002 model line came from a time before M, but it's really where the ethos all started.

Rest of Article -- http://www.insideline.com/bmw/1-seri...evolution.html


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      06-23-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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omg... what a great family picture...
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      06-23-2011, 11:50 PM   #3
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      06-24-2011, 05:10 AM   #7
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nice pictures

some guy in my area has got a white 2002 turbo like the one the photo and a black e30M3 sport evolution which are like new

i would not be the least bit surprised if he shows up in a 1M before me if not i will ask him for a photo shoot
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      06-24-2011, 09:37 AM   #8
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I love the pictures of these early BMW's. The 1M fits in with this crowd very nicely!
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It's amazing how the 1M is the smallest of the current generation M's yet it looks huge when compared to previous generations. Sort of reminds me of thumbing thru past family pictures where everyone was mostly skinny back then yet now, not so much.
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      06-24-2011, 09:57 AM   #10
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      06-24-2011, 03:09 PM   #12
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Love the Z3MCoupe and Z4MCoupe so much. Spent over 2 years waiting for one spec'd the way I want, with the mileage bracket I want. But sadly, super rare up here where I live.
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      06-24-2011, 03:21 PM   #13
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Where did you order your 1M from?
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This article is from CAR Magazine. Not too sure why it's printed under this website. Anways, if you're interested in the 1M, pick up the issue, it's great. They did seem to like the RS3 a little too much though in the other comparisons. It also goes through great buying tips for all these oddball models.
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What a great collection of photos...great job..
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So epic. Such great pictures.

My biggest problem though is what the hell they mean by "entry level M car" and "1 series M" when 1M's are being priced at mid-level M3 ranges(60k+). Doesn't seem very entry-level to me..
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Epic photos and great review!
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So epic. Such great pictures.

My biggest problem though is what the hell they mean by "entry level M car" and "1 series M" when 1M's are being priced at mid-level M3 ranges(60k+). Doesn't seem very entry-level to me..

Well actually 56K is the entry level for M3s and the 1M is about 9K cheaper.. but I agree... it's still not what I think most people would consider "entry level" pricing, or pricing that is going to reach a new market of clientele... it's not like the pricing of the 1M competes with other boost buggies like the Subaru STI or Mistu Evo MR.
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Barring some bizarre terminal illness or catastrophic bankruptcy, I plan on owning my 2007 M Coupe for the rest of my life.

My step dad had a 1970 Jaguar XKE, and he regrets selling that thing every day. I don't plan on making that mistake.
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