BimmerCast #41: 1M Details & Options Changes, the Vision Concept & Project i



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BimmerCast #41 sees frequent contributor Matt Adams joining Michael and I to talk 1M. But more importantly for many of you, we drop the bombshell that there may be more news to come on options and packages for the baby M product. So if you ‘re annoyed about having to order two packages to get one option, there may be hope yet.

But what about the 1M engine? We know it ‘s very similar to the Z4 35is mill. But what is really different? We talk details and where the M engineers did their magic to create this new version of the N54. The short answer? Yes this is a different engine than in the 335is and the Z4 35is.

We then turn our attention to the Vision concept turned product car and then new “i ” brand. Collectively we ‘re all actually more excited for that little carbon monocoque city car than the pricey three liter diesel Vision car as it represents a pretty bold future for BMW.

Finally we end with what we are calling the 1M Price is Right. In other words our guesses on the 1M base price in the US.

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  • Matthew

    I just checked out the Alpine White iPHone pics on 1addicts, btw. . . I’m coming around. Maybe it doesn’t need to be orange.

  • Joan

    I don’t usually choose “colors” and my R53 is dark silver but I’ve just ordered my Spice Orange 1M. Thanks Gabe and Matt for the great advise via podcasts.

  • CCBiggs

    How can the price be under $45k??? A decently optioned 135i costs well above $40k. The M has got to be closer to Michael’s prediction of ~$47k. Otherwise it will kill the 135i.

  • JonPD

    Great show guys, good to hear Matt in on the mix. Glad to hear about the flywheel (that is one thing off my checklist). While its true that I have no doubt ///M massaged the motor the base fact is the stated acceleration between the Z4sDrive35IS and the 1M are more or less dead even although the E89 is packing several hundred pounds of extra weight. I have changed my order now for the 1M, I have decided to go with a completely stripped 1M. I just could not get past all the extra’s from the packages, sure hope you guys are right and there are going to be some changes there.

  • Micah

    Lightened flywheel was mentioned in the brochure/PDF released by BMW upon official announcement of the 1M, and the flywheel is also lightened in Z4is. Question is whether the 1M is lightened even further over Z4is, and what other changes M engineers made to the 1M N54 relative to the Z4is N54? Will look forward to hearing additional engine spec, in addition to driving impressions of the final spec car. Most importantly I want to drive one before making a final decision. Difficult for me to commit that (unknown) amount of money without knowing myself how the 1M feels.