Used 2011 BMW V8 1 Series


Used 2011 BMW V8 1 Series

Year 2011
Make BMW
Model Other Model
Gearbox Type Manual
Odometer 91913
Fuel Type Petrol
Drivetrain Type RWD
Clean Title Yes
Registered Yes
Body Type Coupe
Exterior Colour White
Interior Colour Black
Driving Side RHD
Seating Capacity 4
Condition Used
Stock id N/A
Other Make and Model
Other Model V8 1 Series

Is this the best BMW ever made? E92 M3 S65 V8 - 309kW @ 8300rpm. 6 speed manual. Complete 1 Series M / M3 brakes and suspension. The ultimate sleeper. The BMW 1 Series M coupe was heralded as one of the brands greatest of all time, with its short wheelbase, classic BMW rear-wheel drive layout, and 50/50 weight distribution. Fitted with a purist's 6-speed manual gearbox, it offered a raw and analogue experience likened to that of its legendary sibling; the E30 M3. It achieved this through borrowing the uprated suspension (including upgraded control arms), massive 360mm brakes and rear differential from the E92 BMW M3, but settled with a tweaked variant of the turbocharged inline 6 cylinder from the Z4 sDrive35is.

What could have been? The S65 is a screaming naturally aspirated 4.0L V8 from that same donor E92 BMW M3, which earned the International Engine of the Year award for five years in a row, from 2008 to 2012. It is a 'true' M engine, weighs the same as the N54 turbo 6, whilst offering substantially more power and the ultimate analogue driving experience.

Factory level conversion specialist Brintech Customs have a stellar reputation in Australia, and have perfected the S65 V8 conversion in several 1Ms, E87 hatches and E82 1 coupes. In 2021, Brintech were engaged to transform this 2011 BMW 120i coupe - the lightest slick top E82 sold in Australia - into the ultimate driving machine using donor parts from a 2012 E92 M3 coupe. No expense was spared, with more than $80k invested in this project to date.

Whether you view this car as the 1M BMW should have made, the ultimate modern lightweight M3 CSL (weighing 150kg+ less than an E92 M3) or simply a unique vessel to enjoy one of the best naturally aspirated engines ever made, there is no doubting that this is a special car.

I originally intended to purchase the 1M exterior package (all parts - front and rear quarter panels, wheels and bumpers - are still available new from BMW) and blackline tail lights, however as I drove the completed car, I got so much joy from the stealth of the vehicle, and the look on peoples faces when opening the hood, that I now think it is perfect exactly as it is.

The gauge cluster is from the M3, representing the engine km, with the chassis having approx. 94k kms. The swap was completed at 83,309km, so the conversion has been well proven!

In addition to the go-fast bits, during the conversion the following maintenance was attended to:

  • Rod bearings replaced with ACL race bearings
  • Performance main bearing replacement
  • Replacement refurbished throttle actuators
  • New OEM brake rotors and pads with aftermarket braided lines

More recently, the vehicle has had the following done:

  • Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tyres fitted in December (235/35R19 and 255/35R19)
  • Serviced Jan 2024 at 91,099km

The car is fully engineered in Queensland, with the sale including roadworthy certificate and balance of registration to November 2024. The vehicle is available for inspection in Springwood on the south side of Brisbane. Due to the nature of the vehicle and insurances, test drives may be limited (please inquire). Mechanical inspections welcome. Questions and queries please feel free to message me. 

Springwood QLD AU
Registration Details
Registered yes
Roadworthy Certificate yes
Registration Expiry 11/2024
Car History
Has Service History Yes
Number of Previous Owners Unsure
Number of Keys 1
Engine Details
Engine Aspiration / Induction Type Naturally-aspirated
Engine Configuration v8
Engine Capacity 4.0L
Engine Position Front
Engine Swapped Yes
Engine Modified No
Audio/Head Unit:
  • Aux Port
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Voice Command
  • Rear Park Sensors
  • Air Conditioning (Front)
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Cupholder(s)
  • Electric Seats
  • Electric Side Mirrors
  • Electric Windows
  • Engineered
  • Fold Down Back Seats
  • Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Start
  • Limited Slip Differential (Rear)
  • Power Steering
Brakes (Front):
  • Single Piston Calipers
  • Braided Brake Lines
  • Drilled Brake Discs
Brakes (Rear):
  • Single Piston Calipers
  • Braided Brake Lines
  • Drilled Brake Discs
  • Airbag(s)
  • Anti-Lock Braking (ABS)
  • Lap Sash Seat Belt(s)
  • Passenger Seat Occupancy Sensor
  • Traction Control
  • Central Locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Steering Lock
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