BMW 1 Series M Coupe test: equipment and safety
After dynamic analysis of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, it’s time to consider whether all that’s sporty character that throws when you squeeze, also has some level of reasoning in terms of equipment, versions and price.
One of the first things to keep in mind is that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was conceived as the cheapest model ever produced by M GmbH. And for that, its price should be significantly below the rest of their brethren in the department.
The aim was to reduce it costs 78,400 euros BMW M3 Coupé, which until the arrival of BMW 1 Series M Coupe was the cheapest model of M. And they have managed to put on the market at a price of 56,500 euros. Does it seem expensive? Do not forget that the BMW 135i coupe costs 48,528 euros. Let’s see how they have succeeded.
The key is based on simplicity. They have equipped the BMW 1 Series M Coupe with any item that does not consider absolutely essential to its goal to be effective in sporty driving. But neither have dispensed with things like leather.
Thus, one of the first things that struck me when Comeca to have information about this car, was to equip a six-speed manual gearbox. Its biggest rival, the Audi RS3 Sportback comes to the market for 55,900 euros, a price slightly tighter than the BMW. And it also incorporates a sequential automatic gearbox double clutch S-Tronic seven-speed manual in front of the six from BMW.
Without having tested the Audi RS3 Sportback with its gearbox S-Tronic, it sure works like a charm. The gears are perfectly staggered, and enable you to insert one or another brand with little effort. Do not miss an automatic-sequential.
On the other hand, the BMW 1 Series M Coupé is only available in three colors: white, black or orange. For the only one not have to pay extra, is white, because the other two will have to pay 784 euros.
19-inch wheels are standard and apart from the chrome line runs under the windows at no extra cost, you can choose just to customize the appearance of the car. Total Simplicity options, at least in the outdoor equipment.
Interior equipment BMW 1 Series M Coupe
In interior design, set out from the leather as part of standard equipment. It has orange stitching to highlight the color black upholstery. The color combined perfectly with the exterior color, but if you opt for the black body color or white, will also stitching in orange.
Another element of the series is upholstered in Alcantara trim. For example, the strip that runs along the left and right dashboard is lined in Alcantara with orange stitching. The same in the door sills, and other details such as the bag of little change or watches covering panel.
Frankly, a sports car had the steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara also, like the now legendary BMW M3 CSL (E46). It is available in either option, so you want to put the icing on the inside, have to resort to a good upholsterer to remove the leather alcantara steering wheel and put the seams with the three colors typical of BMW M GmbH.
Among the standard equipment, the adaptive cruise control should be also highlighted, which in other models, BMW is paid separately. The multifunction steering wheel, climate control and xenon headlights are also part of standard equipment.