The highly sought-after 1M Coupe boasted a twin-turbo 3.0 in-line six-cylinder engine generating 250kW/450Nm (up to 500Nm on overboost), and could go from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds.
With a price tag of $99,900 the BMW 1M Coupe was seen as bargain compared with the more expensive BMW M3, but supply of the car was limited from the very outset of production.
BMW Australia was initially allocated just over 100 cars, but was able to increase that to over 130 units. In the end, more than 300 1M coupes landed on our shores. In comparison, the much larger UK market received an allocation of just 400 units.
The final count in the US for 1Ms delivered was 740 units.
The rarity of the BMW 1M Coupe has also meant that residual values for used editions with low kilometres has skyrocketed to over $120,000-plus in Australia – if you can find one.
With BMW switching the next-generation small BMW coupe to the 2-Series badge, the likely successor to the 1M Coupe will be the BMW M2 Coupe, but that is yet to be confirmed.
Enthusiasts looking for a relatively affordable compact BMW performance car need not be too concerned, however.
The new BMW M135i hot-hatch was released in Australia recently, with a $68,400 price tag.