Ordering a 1M in the US? What You Need to Know.

We ‘ve talked a lot about the new M car over the past six months. Everything from design to European delivery. But with its NAIAS in the rearview mirror we thought it was a good time to recap what we know and tell you about a few new wrinkles for the 1M in the US.

Ordering & Pricing

Ordering has begun and a base price ($47,010 including delivery) has been announced. But what we don ‘t know yet are individual prices for options. However a quick look at 2011 1 Series pricing gives us a clue. But what about those enthusiast unfriendly options packages? As we exclusively revealed on BF a few weeks ago (and had confirmed by BMW NA M Brand Manager Matt Russell via our interview last week) BMW will be making some key options stand alone. We ‘ve confirmed both BMW Assist/Bluetooth and iPod connector will be offered stand alone. We also believe Navigation stands a chance as well (if I have any say – see the interview).

Accessories

While original proposals called for a large amount of accessories (a la MINI) in the end low volume of the car has made that impossible. Nevertheless BMW M will be releasing a small collection of aftersales parts for the 1M. The one we ‘ve talked about for more than a month now has already gotten some press; CSL style graphics. The graphics will be sold as an accessory and installed by individual dealers. Also likely will be the BMW Performance spoiler (since it ‘s already sold for other 1 series coupe models with an identical trunk) and the short shift kit. Regarding the latter, our preference would be for the kit sans shift knob and in talking with people at BMW that should be technically doable. For those who haven ‘t felt it, the combination of the 1 Series gearbox and the BMW Performance short shift kit results in what we feel is likely the best manual experience of any BMW made currently.

One other interesting note about BMW performance parts – we do not know if the six piston brakes would fit on the 1M given all of the M3 suspension components. If could be possible that there would be one of two hard points that wouldn ‘t allow for a easy swap.

What about lightweight 18 ” aftermarket wheels? The benefit of basing the suspension (and yes even the sub-frame) on the M3 is that anything that fits the M3 should fit the 1M. Tires, wheels and even upgraded brake pads and rotors meant for the M3 should slot right onto the 1M without issues.

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Production & Euro Delivery

As far as numbers go we expect anywhere from 2000 to 3500 to be built based solely on demand. But as Dr. Kay Segler said himself, the production process that integrates the 1M into the normal 1 Series line (like the M3) is entirely flexible. The means beyond the week 6 launch cars (which will either be first orders or dealer demo cars) M will simply build a 1M every time someone orders one. While we also expect some dealers to spec-order a few, the vast majority of 1Ms built throughout 2011 will be custom orders by expectant owners.

With the 2012 model year starting in March for the 1 Series range we could see the 1M be built from March to November as a single model year. However BMW typically makes a model year change-over in September. Could we perhaps see 2-4 month of m/o 2012 production of the 1M? Time will tell. Also what about Military sales? We ‘ve heard that our friends in the military will have to wait until November production for their allotment however given the nature of these things that may change.

European delivery has been a question we ‘ve been asked for months now. We ‘re happy to report that BMWNA will offer Euro delivery on the 1M as they do on all other M cars. And according to our interview with Matt Russell from BMW M/BMWNA we should expect the same 7% discount via ED that we get with the 1 Series and M cars. On a $47,010 BMW 1M that comes out over a $3,000 savings. Not a bad way to finance the trip of a life-time.

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  • Neil

    Uncertain which 6-piston calipers you’re referring to, but those installed on the 135i are vastly inferior to the E9x M3 calipers installed on the 1M.

    Two other points: I believe that the very small lip on the rear edge of the trunk lid would have to be removed to install the carbon fiber spoiler.

    Second, I was under the (mis)impression that the 1M was already fit with a short shifter.

    Comment?

    Neil

  • Gabe

    Uncertain which 6-piston calipers you’re referring to, but those installed on the 135i are vastly inferior to the E9x M3 calipers installed on the 1M.

    I agree. Others don’t. To each their own.

    Two other points: I believe that the very small lip on the rear edge of the trunk lid would have to be removed to install the carbon fiber spoiler.

    Yes this is normal installation procedure for a 135i as well.

    Second, I was under the (mis)impression that the 1M was already fit with a short shifter.

    It does not. It has the (excellent) stock gearbox of the 135i.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a factory delete option for the small lip spoiler like the M3.

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • Joan Early

    What happened to the E46ZHP Shift Knob?

  • Neil

    Steve –

    Appreciate your chiming in!

    Gabe –

    As always, appreciate your reports.

    Neil

  • Gabe

    What happened to the E46ZHP Shift Knob?

    It’s still there.

    NAIAS 2011

  • Joan Early

    Gabe – what, if anything, has changed in the current base 1M, from the original 1M you reviewed?

  • Mr Mowse

    Gabe can you provide a bit more information on the “performance” shifter? What does it do? Does it produce a faster 0-60 time as the DCT does by going through the gears faster? How much is it? I put my order in saturday and need to call my guy if this is a “must have” performance wise.

  • chad

    great post- nice, concise summary of what is known at this point.

  • Gabe

    Gabe can you provide a bit more information on the “performance” shifter? What does it do?

    Shorter shift throws. It’s an accessory that has been available for the 135i for over two years. You can order it as an accessory through your dealer as it will be installed by them after it arrives at the dealership.

  • Erik

    The 135i caliper will be a downgrade. It doesn’t allow for a thicker caliper than what comes on the 1er. Better eye candy than the floating units on the 1M but the throat is very narrow.

  • I think the final sale numbers will have great impact on how this car is regarded after many years. Aside from many things that make the E30 M3 so great, a notable one is the fact that finding a nice one is getting harder and harder.

  • Bimmer1

    “Uncertain which 6-piston calipers you’re referring to…”

    I think he was talking about the BMW performance 6 piston calipers, which I’m not sure why they were brought up because they are the exact same calipers as what comes on the 135i standard only they are yellow. They are meant to go on 128’s. Also the stock 135 brakes have issues if tracked. The ceramic “caps” on the pistons will literaly crumble apart after a few track days. I’ve seen this first hand and it’s not pretty. A couple more hard laps and there could have been trouble. I’m assuming the M3 brakes do not have these issues.

  • adc

    Does anybody know if the shift knob is lighted? Shallow question I know, but I’m curious.

  • Gabe

    It’s not lit.