Why Buy A BMW M2 When This 564-hp 1 Series M Coupe Is Available?

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It's better in every way.

The BMW M2 may be a return to affordable, lightweight sports cars for the German brand, but let’s not forget that the coupe starts at $51,700. That’s less than BMW’s other sports cars, but is still a lot of money for a car with only 370 hp. BMW also created a lightweight, enthusiast-oriented sports car before—the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The 1M may have less power than M2 and is older, but that has given tuning companies plenty of time to perfect the 1 Series M Coupe. Forget the M2, this is what you want.

Alpha-N Performance has given the 1 Series M Coupe a performance package that makes the M2 sound like a child’s toy. The tuning company managed to boost the 1 Series M Coupe’s output to 564 hp and 542 lb-ft of torque thanks to a larger turbo and updated software. The sports car also been fitted with a custom intercooler, a Snow Stage 3 water-methanol injection system and a bespoke exhaust. Ohlins fitted the 1 Series M Coupe with a fully adjustable coilover suspension, while the exterior gets a BMW performance front splitter and rear spoiler lip. The interior also receives some unique touches with track-oriented seats, a central screen and a sports steering wheel with LED upshift indicator.

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