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Alpha-N develops tuning package for BMW 1 Series M Coupe

January 28, 2016

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe has been replaced by the new M2 coupe, but it has stopped tuning company Alpha-N Performance from coming up with a potent performance kit for the original.

Alpha-N BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Even in standard trim the 1 Series M Coupe was a feisty little goer, featuring an earlier iteration of BMW’s 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six engine feeding 250kW to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual.

Alpha-N has devised a tuning package that adds a bigger turbocharger, intercooler, a custom exhaust system, higher-flowing fuel pump, and an overhauled injection system with water-methanol injection, while also tinkering with the engine’s computer to manage it all.

As a result, the 3.0-litre engine now produces 420kW of power and a whopping 734Nm of torque (up from 500Nm). From the BMW factory the 1 M could perform 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds. With this package you could expect that figure to drop below the 4.0-second mark.

It doesn’t stop there either. To ensure the rest of the car is up to the task of performance driving, the German firm has also fit a lighter flywheel for a freer-spinning engine character, along with a complete Ohlins coilover suspension package.

Lastly, the 1 M is given as set of dished mesh-style alloy wheels, bespoke bucket seats, and various BMW M Performance aero trimmings for the exterior such as the rear lip spoiler. Overall, we think, and we’re sure you’ll agree, this would be a bag of fun to drive around.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.