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Tuningwerk BMW 1 Series M Coupe with 388kW

April 18, 2012

Is this the definition of a pocket rocket? It’s the Tuningwerk BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and it packs enough punch to take on outright supercars. It also features an active aero kit, and a racing interior.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is the miniature M3. It comes with a 3.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged straight-six engine, producing 250kW and 500Nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, and a limited-slip differential.

German tuning company Tuningwerk has come up with a full comprehensive package which turns the 1 Series into not only an M3 crusher, but something that’s also capable of bringing down cars like the mighty BMW M5.

The engine is tuned and features a high-flow exhaust system, and a revised cooling system. Power output is pushed out to a cracking 388kW, while torque now peaks at 614Nm.

Acceleration from 0-100km/h in the standard version is possible in just 4.9 seconds. This Tuningwerk example could potentially dip into the 3.0-seconds range. Top speed is said to be out beyond 300km/h.

To help the 1 Series remain stable at high speed, and to make good use of the airflow, the Tuningwerk BMW 1 Series M Coupe features a full aero kit. There’s a GT4-style carbon fibre front spoiler, a slightly restyled bonnet also in carbon fibre, and a carbon fibre bootlid and rear spoiler.

Inside is similarly themed, with carbon fibre Recaro PolePosition bucket seats, and a neat roll cage setup in the back.

Other features include a set of 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres, and a performance suspension kit. The wheels hide an uprated braking kit consisting of 380mm carbon ceramic disc brakes.

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.