We all know that the BMW 1M is one of the greatest driver’s cars that BMW M division has ever built, but could it have been even better? The previous owner of this car clearly thought so, as they decided to fit it with the incredible V10 engine from the E60-generation BMW M5. Overkill? Probably. Awesome? Absolutely.
The V10-powered BMW 1M is currently for sale in Germany for €59,900 (around £52,000, or $59,000). However, for that price, you’re getting a pretty low mileage 1M with just 11,806 miles on the odometer, as well as the glorious powertrain and the modifications needed to make this bizarre creation function properly.
The 1M’s original 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six has been swapped out in favour of the legendary 5.0-litre S85 V10 from the E60 M5, which has also been supercharged with components from ESS for good measure. The ESS V10 kit raises power from the 1M’s original 335bhp to almost 650bhp, so passengers are advised to hold on tight.
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The V10-powered sports car also comes with a water/methanol injection kit as well as a custom Friedrich exhaust. Sadly the 1M’s original six-speed manual gearbox has been replaced with the SMG automated manual gearbox from the E60 M5. We would have preferred a manual shifter, but beggars can’t be choosers when there’s so much power to handle.
The metallic green 1M rides on black 20-inch Wiesmann wheels and a KW coilover suspension system, while stopping power is provided by orange-cloured brake calipers: front units from an F10 M5 and rear ones from an E90 M3. Other visual tweaks include a carbon fibre roof, mirror caps and rear decklid.
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