Germany’s tuners don’t really seem to be aware of the current financial crisis going on in Europe. They just like making stuff faster.
A-Works are probably the least responsible of the lot. They decided to tune up the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. We had one cheap-ish sports car on the market that was brilliant and they’re taking it away.
Granted, they’re giving it back in better shape if you’re willing to pay for their package but really, there is a time when cost cutting needs to be heard of.
If you’re that rich, or that oblivious, A-Works do make a good case for themselves when it comes to upgrading the car, particularly for performance addicts.
They’ve fitted a new air filter, a new downpipe, larger intercooler and then they remapped the ECU. All of these really ring out the 3.0 liter twin-turbo straight six cylinder.
As a final tweak, they can run the biproduct of all this extra speed through an Akrapovic Evolution Titan exhaust system which has a remote control valve and carbon fiber end pipes.
Summing everything up, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe now produces 450 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. It’s a boost of nearly 120 horses but there is just one nagging thing to consider.
No mention has been made about the torque curve. We need to know things like this in order to find out what smoothness is available or what kind of lag we can expect.
Still, having more power than an F30 M3, maybe even as much as the next generation F80, in a car that’s this light does sound tempting.
As seen on TS