That's Alpine White, to be exact. A Driving-Fun photog caught several shots of a showroom-prepped BMW 1M somewhere in the Netherlands. Apparently it made it through the wilderness, and soon will be touched for the very first time.
so, to reiterate, jalopnik is upset because BMW offers a cheaper, lighter, manual-only alternative to the M3?
well, that's certainly strange.
personally, I love the 1 series, especially the hatch version. where else can you get a hatchback (not wagon) with an inline six TDi putting out about 300 horsepower to the rear wheels through a manual transmission these days?