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I nearly shed tears a few years ago upon learning that BMW
was only planning to produce a very limited quantity of its then-new 2011 1 Series M Coupe
. In simplest terms, the two-door was a 1 Series
fitted with a modified version of the automaker's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, and the running gear (gearbox, driveshaft, axles) from contemporary M3 models. It was a return to form for the brand. Aggressively short and stubby in stature, but packing telltale flared wheel arches that hinted at its potential, the four-seater was a spiritual successor to the original (and much loved) E30 M3
from decades earlier.
After spending a day with the original high-performance 1 at New York's Monticello Motor Club
, I declared, "The little coupe with the big flares is old-school retro cool
and deliciously fun to drive ... the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe doesn't target boy-racers, it targets enthusiasts." Yet sadly - and despite strong demand - BMW limited the model's production to just one year. All told, only 740 units made it to the States, and each was gobbled up at a starting price of $46,135, a price tag history will show to be a bargain.
Since I had little hope of even driving one again, I deliberately pushed all memories of BMW's 1 Series M Coupe from my mind - until my phone rang recently. On the other end was a representative from Dinan Engineering
who wanted to know if I would be interested in driving the company's new S3-R BMW 1M. A quick Google search revealed it to be a heavily modified version of the discontinued 1 Series M Coupe. As if they needed an answer...Continue reading Dinan S3-R BMW 1M Coupe
Dinan S3-R BMW 1M Coupe
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