The hottest of all hot-hatches' one and only year of production is coming to an end.
One of the coolest cars of the year will soon be one of the most sought after models on the market following the announcement that BMW has ceased taking orders of the 1-series M coupe. Production will not officially end until the summer, but all the cars have already been spoken for. Produced for just a single model year, the lauded rear-driver, frequently described as the spiritual successor to the original M3 (E30), was always destined to become a modern classic.
BMW described the car as a "pure Ultimate Driving Machine," and one of the most unique and memorable M cars ever made. Powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six with 335hp and 332lb-ft of torque, BMW held nothing back with this beauty. It can shoot from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.2 seconds. If you're lucky enough to own one, look after it as there's a good chance there will never be a 1-Series M Coupe produced again. BMW is now focusing on the new 1-Series, and a production version of the 135i M Performance concept revealed in Geneva would be most welcome.
The next-gen 1-Series is widely expected to be dubbed the 2-Series, so it stands to reason the next M variant will be called an M2. And when it comes along, it'll have some big boots to fill. Photos displayed are of the 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe.