Dinan, the favorite BMW tuner, which is owned by Steven Dinan himself, has turned the somewhat civilized 1-Series Coupe into vicious monstrosity. Dinan has invested heavily into the development of the Dinan S3-R BMW 1M, with an endless list of modifications, Dinan can install the S3-R package to your BMW 1-Series for the small cost of $32,472. Underneath the hood Dinan has installed numerous adjustments enabling the S3-R BMW 1M produce 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque. These power figures even trump that associated with new BMW M3 and M4. To offer an idea of how fast this modified 1-Series can go, it does 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.
With a modified engine, the S3-R BMW 1M also receives modified suspension bits which include Dinan adjustable coil-overs, anti-roll bar, wheel bearing and rear toe-link kit. The S3-R BMW 1M is also fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and at each and every corner, Dinan has installed Brembo calipers to bring the S3-R BMW 1M to a stop quickly. If the full S3-R package is simply too much, the 1-Series are had in a lower package that excludes the exclusive forged wheels, Dinan-Brembo brakes, carbon-fiber back spoiler, mirror caps and Michelin Pilot Super Sports, all for $16,719. If you seem to be spending that much to modify your 1-Series why not go most of the way. Go big or go home.
Based on COAST EDITOR BLAKE Z. RONG: A few things happen whenever you move on the throttle of the 445-hp, Dinan-tuned BMW 1M. At very first, nothing. For the first few milliseconds the car blinks and shuffles about a bit as if to ask, “You sure about this, pal?” Then it spits forth a devastating crackle and revs to redline so quickly and so ferociously that the driver barely has time for you to continue or shift — the tail squirms and immediately gets whipped back into place as if the traction control ended up being a Catholic school nun, its error light blinking on the dash like the lights at the Riviera. Wild cackling, this time around from the driver, inevitably ensues. At that time you’re currently five, seven bus lengths ahead, halfway down the dragstrip, flying up that on-ramp onto the 710 Freeway, whatever fulfills your personal performance metric…
To induce this degree of antisocial, maniacal laughter, Dinan took the already prized BMW 1M and upfitted larger turbochargers to it. Bigger compressor wheels and upgraded wastegates produce 14 psi of boost at 6,300 rpm, based on the reality sheet. Dinan employs an army of hackers to dig into the BMW ECU, recalibrating over 2,000 lines of convoluted, nearly impenetrable motor management data. A cold-air intake, oil cooler, intercooler, and stainless-steel exhaust are additionally included. The suspension is a Dinan coilover setup, and all things are fully adjustable: collars, end links, camber dishes, ride height, and bump-stop clearance. Dinan supplies its very own rear toe links, front sway bar, and bearings. One-piece, 19-inch BBS wheels proudly bear Dinan center caps, wrapped since they are with Michelin Pilot Super Sports. There is a four-year, 50,000-mile guarantee. The Dinan badge is free and carefully applied as it offers on every Dinan-tuned vehicle for the past 23 years. In the event that you ask nicely, Steve Dinan might provide you with the same checkered-flag visuals as our test car.
And yet, the Dinan-tuned 1M doesn’t feel like a tuner automobile. It’s quiet and well-insulated from the road. It generally does not deafen like so numerous Akrapovic-armed M3s at Targa Trophy; its exhaust does not bleat or fart constantly. The turbos start working at around 3,000 rpm, and there is a great deal torque through the whole range that you can jump into sixth gear at any time and chug around. The clutch is light and springy, and also the shifter feel is typical BMW; that is to state similarly springy, unchanged from time eternal, and worthy of its decades of praise from manual-transmission enthusiasts who haven’t driven a Mazda MX-5 Miata. Its incredibly firm ride could be the only evidence of tuner silliness we’re able to find. We were told that the dampers were set to medium stiffness.
But the ride forces you to readjust your priorities and live like an ascetic, foregoing creature comforts for enlightenment. We have not driven a car more agile than this. Where of all sporty cars you can ascertain a certain point of rotation, this car turns immediately aided by the precision and fervor of a homing missile. Move your hands an inch to the left or right and bang, the vehicle has recently finished changing direction. Throttle responses are similarly sharp. Dinan wisely chose to leave the 1M’s stock Brembo braking system alone, most likely because it’s smooth and reassuring, confident at panic stops and controllable at any speeds. Push it on a canyon road as well as the car just provides and gives and gives, asking the driver, “Come on. Is it?”
So much power is inherently dangerous. I am surprised that my time utilizing the car didn’t result in a police standoff. Exactly what Dinan has produced right here is an absolutely brilliant destroyer of tires and motorist’s licenses, and it’s as much as the 740 lucky 1M owners (and 220 Canadian folks, let’s remember about them) who can pony up $12,194 for the engine improvements and $4,296 for the suspension system to find out their own levels of obligation. Since it’s less enjoyable if the cops accomplish that for you.
2014 Dinan S3-R BMW 1M Coupe
Base Price: $47,010
As-Tested Price: $63,729
Drivetrain: 3.0-liter turbocharged I6; RWD, six-speed manual
Output: 444 hp @ 6,350 rpm, 450 lb-ft @ 3,300 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,340 lb
Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 19/26/22 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economy: 19.6 mpg
Options: 19-inch Dinan Performance CH-R wheels ($2,800); BMW Performance carbon fiber spoiler ($613); BMW carbon mirror caps ($700)