Since being made available to customers a few weeks ago, the potent little 1 Series M Coupe has
involved in four reported accidents. Here's an overview.
The first incident happened to a Korean owner, who was
simply at the wrong place at the wrong time: another car was running a red
light. The damage will require some moderate bodywork, but it reportedly does
not have any substantial frame damage.
The second incident occurred in Poland where the driver lost control of the
335-hp rear-wheel drive coupe on a narrow road in the wet, sending the car into
a spin and into some roadside shrubs. The damage, fortunately, was mostly
The third crash was a little more
severe. It happened in Switzerland after a 25-year-old driver lost control on a
wet mountain road on a Saturday morning. The vehicle fell down a slope and
stopped after 75 meters. A farmer pulled the car back on the road with his
tractor. The driver escaped without injury, but according to reports a
21-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries. By the looks of the poor Alpine
White 1 M, the car also suffered some nasty chassis, wheel and steering damage.
The most recent crash to be
reported is perhaps the most serious. It involved two cars on a street in South
Africa. It's unknown at this stage what caused the accident but according to
reports, and very fortunately, nobody was injured. Although, the severity is
pretty high judging by the deployment of several airbags.
We believe that these crashes do not prove
that there is something wrong with the 1 M Coupe, but rather that those that
choose to own or drive such cars are (young) performance enthusiasts who drive
the car accordingly.