For those of us who feel that 250kW and 500Nm in a BMW 1 Series chassis is still a bit wussy, top German tuning haus AC Schnitzer has given Bavaria's pocket rocket a serious kick up the tailpipe.
It starts with a revised ECU that amps up the twin-turbo, three-litre straight six to an awe-inspiring 294kW and 560Nm, knocks two-tenths off the coupé's 0-100km/h sprint time (down from 4.9 to 4.7 sec) and pushes the 1 M to a claimed 300km/h.
And to prevent awe from becoming shock/horror, the suspension has been “race-tuned” with shorter, stiffer springs and special, fully-adjustable dampers, and the brakes uprated with more powerful callipers, six-pot in front and four-pot at the rear.
The Schnitzer 1 M also looks the part with a carbon-fibre front spoiler, extractor vents in the bonnet, a carbon-fibre diffuser and a roof-mounted spoiler.
The cabin is also jazzed up, with signature orange trim, aluminium accents, alloy pedals and velour floor mats.