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      02-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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UPDATE: 1M build thread & formal intro

Update March 30, 2015:


In true Rob Dickinson fashion, I modified my 1M to fit my imagination of what the baby M should be. I suspect that most of you are already familiar with it, but who doesn't like an M car picture thread...?

These are the last 5 pictures that will be taken of this 1M whilst being under my ownership. It is currently for sale in another thread, where a full build list can be found for those interested.

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And here are two interior shots from a previous shoot:












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hello everyone

ive been cruising around on this forum for some time now and never really formally introduced myself, so here it goes:

ive always been an audi kinda guy and never really liked the bmw brand. however, the more i took driving seriously and pushed myself to the limits with the car, the more i realised that audis are just not real performance cars. they handle extremely safe in wet/snowy conditions, but it is exactly that, which also hinders them from being great on the track.
i therefore decided to sell my audi rs3 and bought my first bmw - the 1M.
from the first time i drove around in it i knew that it was a keeper. still today i smile every time i see it, sit in it and push that magical little button next to the steering wheel.
it is by far the best performance car i ever owned.

so now lets get to the more interesting part - the mods

so far the car still 'looks' pretty stock. however the engine has a tune on it and now produces around 420 bhp. im also running a bigger intercooler, an akra evo system with DP and the performance short shift kit to round off the package. the interior is stock apart from the performance buckets...











seeing that its still winter around here, i decided to get my car out of hibernation to get it ready for the meets and drives coming up in the next couple of months.
the build should be completed by the end of march - depending on how long it takes for some of the parts to arrive.

until then, the car is about to get a new dress. i like the white, but i wanted something different so its currently being painted. ill post more pics of the paint job by the end of next week

p.s. sorry that you cant really see the akra.. i didnt have time to take new pics before sending it of to the paint shop. but stay tuned and more pics (with the akra) will follow...
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I came from an Audi S3 to the 135i for similar reasons.
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Is your front number plate right in front of your intercooler?
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is being changed now at the paint shop..
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Lookin good !

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alright gents, as promised here are some updates. just came back from the shop:















as soon as the rest arrives i post more pics - cant wait

still to come:

- StopTech BBK
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- other small stuff
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Looks good! What color are you painting it?
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aventator grey (frozen)
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I've always been an audi kinda guy and never really liked the bmw brand. [...] I realised that audis are just not real performance cars. They handle extremely safe in wet/snowy conditions, but it is exactly that, which also hinders them from being great on the track.
I therefore decided to sell my audi rs3 and bought my first bmw - the 1M.
From the first time i drove around in it I knew that it was a keeper. Still today I smile every time I see it, sit in it and push that magical little button next to the steering wheel. It is by far the best performance car i ever owned.
Welcome and thanks for the introduction.

Of course, although this forum is mainly flocked by BMW enthusiasts, we are a fair sport: Audi cars are great cars too - for example in the taste department, it is quite hard for BMW to beat the look 'n feel quality of an Audi interior.

As you are well acquainted with Audi cars, could you give us a comparo of what you personally consider to be the pros and cons of the RS3 versus the 1M. You already pointed out some things, but it would be nice to have you shedding some extra light.
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Should look awesome. You'll have to change your sig...
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how can you fix the sign. There is the big intercooler.
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WOW - this is going to be amazing. excellent color choice.
thanks a lot really like it too


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Should look awesome. You'll have to change your sig...
haha..almost forgot about that - thanks


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As you are well acquainted with Audi cars, could you give us a comparo of what you personally consider to be the pros and cons of the RS3 versus the 1M. You already pointed out some things, but it would be nice to have you shedding some extra light.

thanks and yes of course:

personally i think the rs3 looks incredible - even now when i see one (here they're rolling all over the place) i always find myself checking it out. compared to the 1M its just so refined inside and outside - but this is personal. fact is that the interior of the rs3 is 100% prime all the way - bmw could really improve on this point.
performance-wise the rs3 could be a lot better. problem is that the power to weight ratio is all wrong. its weight (1650kg or 3640 lb) really affects the performance way too much. cornering the car just a little too fast gives you under-steer all over the place (and i'm not talking about cornering like you would on a race track). generally, as soon as you push the car just a little bit, it blocks off all attempts to have fun with it. it feels as if audi had to quickly develop an rs3, took the existing s3 and just added a bigger engine forgetting about all the rest. the brakes are appalling (front discs are the same on both sides - as in not one for each side - which massively affects the cooling). furthermore the brakes are only cooled through vents on one side and not the other and generally the entire intake system is flawed. compared to the 1M the only advantage the rs3 has in performance is its launch control. but on the other hand its an automatic (personally i'm all for a manual gearbox).
in my opinion the rs3 is an extremely good daily. it easily fits 5 adults, has enough boot space for a hatchback and is very comfortable to drive around (as long as you only want to go fast on the autobahn). i see the 1M as a sports performance car and the rs3 as a daily drive hatchback with a bigger engine.
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Welcome. Really looking forward to the repainted pics. Looks like it will be a very nice color.

Also, my other car is an Audi
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Congrats on the new purchase! You won't regret it! Can't wait to see after everything is done!
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small update before easter:




i will upload more pix after easter. until then, happy holidays everyone
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You're having it repainted, or is it a wrap? I can't see the pic(s) clearly.

Interesting but more info please.

Aha, your sig says: grey 1M
lol. Sherlock Holmes in da house.

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Me three....My winter beater and rainy DD is a 2000 Audi A4.

Welcome to the forums and I am looking forward to the final product..
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You're having it repainted, or is it a wrap? I can't see the pic(s) clearly.

Interesting but more info please.

Aha, your sig says: grey 1M
lol. Sherlock Holmes in da house.

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its (getting) repainted - almost done...
no wrap for me. had one on my old S3 and really didnt like how it was done... bad experience burned me i guess...

once its done ill upload better pics
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