Apr27

If you’ve visited the Budds’ BMW Facebook Page or Twitter feed recently, you’ve probably seen the photos from one of the most exciting events that we have had at the dealership. A Delivery of a BMW 1M from Europe to Canada. We are so thrilled that Derek (a loyal Budds BMW customer) was willing to share the delivery process with us and all the Canadian BMW fans out there.

Here are some of the highlights of his journey, plus photos and video footage of this stunning 1M!

Derek’s thoughts about the 1M

“This car does what you want it to do. For around town (wonderful), BLVD cruising (wonderful), highway cruising and sitting at a light looking great…Wonderful. This thing carries great amounts of speed so effortlessly, it’s just nutty. More power will make it accelerate more quickly; and wait until you feel this thing stick. It sticks. And this is the part I want explore.

The 1M belies its true weight and size. It feels like a GTI in size, but gosh it’s not a GTI. R32ish maybe, but its lighter feeling and more fun. The seats fit me well! Especially with the leg supports extended and the bolsters in the sides of the upper part correctly adjusted.

The 1M has a very firm suspension. I found it similar to a E46 with a Very Good Coilover, only quieter. The fast ratio steering, the firmness of the suspension and grip of the tires makes for a go-kart type drive. It doesn’t have the big heavy serious feel like a 996 or even a Boxster (although I’ve owned a Boxster and they are pretty amazing, too, just slow). The big difference between this and an E46 on Coilovers is this one soaks up the bumps so effortlessly and although you can feel the big wheels and tires out there at the corners, the chassis and shocks are keeping them under control. You can tell they’re working to keep them under control, but they’re doing it happily. The gauges are SO easy to read, but you BMW customers are used to stunning gauges. The factory wheels, cleaned and polished are stunning against the black car.”

Here are some photos and videos of Derek’s M1 delivery…

If you ever wondered whether Euro Delivery was worth the effort...you have to try it. The people at BMW have been simply amazing organizing this delivery and have even invited me to the M-Studio to meet with the Engineers who designed the 1M! What an amazing experience....

“The Black M3 Competition Coupe behind the 1M was a great comparison. This was the first time Id seen a BSM 1M, and had ordered it fingers crossed that Id like it. I saw the orange at Detroit and Toronto, and liked it, but didnt know if I could love it year in and year out. After seeing these two cars together I was very happy with the colour...and the car too! The athletic look of the 1M is stunning.”

“The Black M3 Competition Coupe behind the 1M was a great comparison. This was the first time I'd seen a BMW 1M, and had ordered it "fingers crossed" that I'd like it. I saw the orange at Detroit and Toronto, and liked it, but didn't know if I could love it year in and year out. After seeing these two cars together I was very happy with the colour...and the car too! The athletic look of the 1M is stunning.”

Inside the BMW Museum, and from inside the BMW Welt. This sign on the floor of the Welt was not really obvious; I walked over it several times without noticing...until I was up three floors!”

"Inside the BMW Museum, and from inside the BMW Welt. This sign on the floor of the Welt was not really obvious; I walked over it several times without noticing...until I was up three floors!”

“Heading to the BMW M-Studio! BMW Canada and Budds BMW worked with BMW M-Studio to arrange a meeting with the engineering staff who created the 1M. What a treat!”

“Heading to the BMW M-Studio! BMW Canada and Budd's BMW worked with BMW M-Studio to arrange a meeting with the engineering staff who created the 1M. What a treat!”

As a parting gift, the whole Engineering staff for the 1M signed a Dealer Poster for the 1M as a gift to take home.

"As a parting gift, the whole Engineering staff for the 1M signed a Dealer Poster for the 1M as a gift to take home."

Derek’s Video Footage

Exhaust at Start up and some Throttle Blips

BMW 1M Coupe Exhaust Sound 1st Gear to 2nd Gear from Outside the Car

Budds’ BMW would like to thank Derek for coming in to see us and sharing his new pride and joy with the Budds’ family. Want to read the full story? See the forum here.

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