The BMW 1 is a stylish 2 door high performance engineering marvel that looks as good as it drives. It ushered in the M-series in a long line of stylish coupes from this iconic German car brand. In this review, we'll take a look at its features including its exterior, engine and performance, interiors and, safety, drive and handling. Exterior The car features a box-like chassis, typical of coupes from that period. It comes in a variety of colors, with the most common being fire engine red. The chassis is made of riveted fiberglass reinforced plastic panels, while the chassis consists of steel space-frame. It has an Italian feel to it, given the fact that production was at one time taken over by Lamborghini, the Italian auto giant. Engine and Performance The BMW comes fitted with a 3453 cc DOHC straight-6 M88/1 engine which manages an output of 277 horsepower and 239 pounds per feet of torque. The 3.5 liter straight engine puts it in the realm of sports cars, with enough power to accelerate to dizzying speeds of 192 miles per hour. What's surprising for a high powered sports car such as this is its fuel consumption of 14.4 mpg, making it extremely fuel efficient, giving you bang for your buck when it comes to refilling its gas tank. Interiors The BMW1 interior comes with the arbitrary instrument panel, a cassette player that can be upgraded to include CD and MP3 capability, and an AC system. The coupe is spacious and contains adequate leg and head room. Additionally, leather seats and upholstery can be fitted to add a bit of luxury. The anti-slip seat surfaces are especially good for the driver when turning sharp corners. Drive, Handling and Safety The feedback from handling the BMW 1 is one-of-a-kind, and here's why; the mechanical fuel injection engine churns out just the right amount air-to-fuel ration for it to reach six throttles in just a few seconds. Also, the five-speed manual gearbox shifts effortlessly into different gears, while delivering a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. The powerful brakes provide the needed safety when you need to avert impending danger, and the double wishbone suspension makes it easy to control all the car's four wheels, providing ultimate driver control. The BMW1 can churn out 7,000 rpm in terms of power, and its engine architecture is similar to that found in BMW sedans. What's interesting is the fact that it never really took off as a commercial project, but gained massive popularity due to the fact that it was the first of its kind and a precursor to later models, providing a firm foundation for the current BMW motorsport range of cars. The car was discontinued in 1981, and despite this fact, there were at least 445 units produced for the market, with 46 of these being produced specifically for Pro car racing. Today, an M1 would fetch six figure sums in auctions across the world, and what makes it such a coveted piece of auto history is the foundation it laid for current sports-oriented car models.