• Nov 18, 2009

BMW Concept 1 Series tii – Click above for high-res image gallery

Successive generations of the BMW M3 have come a long way since the original, with a skyrocketing curb weight and an ever-climbing price tag. The new M3 GTS may have done a lot to counter the former, although sadly it only further escalated the latter. But enthusiasts take heart, because someone's on the case. Fortunately, that someone is Dr. Kay Segler, head of Munich's famous M division.

According to reports, Segler and his team are pushing the beancounters to give them the authorization to make an M-tuned 1 Series. While the twin-turbo 135i is touted by many as a closer successor to the original M3 than the current M3, he feels there's more that can be done.

Unfortunately, Segler is talking about the next-generation 1 Series, so even if approved, it'd be a while before any future M-tuned 1 hits the road. If and when it does, however, it could take aim at the Audi S3 with a 330-horsepower version of the Bavarian automaker's new TwinPower engine. As for naming schemes, they may have to get a little creative to avoid confusion with the original M1 supercar.

[Source: PistonHeads]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thankgod BMW didn't call it the M1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally! Shave the weight and put the new twin turbo V8 :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how much composite skin is (like corvette uses or several saturns of yore). That shaves a couple of hundred pounds off the curb weight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be cool, but those things cost to much to go against a S3, a nice 135i is $40k plus money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they can't make it a hatch, at least make it a fastback. That trunk/book makes it look like a short bus.
      • 5 Years Ago

      1 Series Hatch (similar to the Z3 M Coupe.) I still love that car.

      The current Z4 coupe doesnt do it for me. Looks too goofy "bubbly".

      A 135 series hatch with an M Sport package would be more than enough.

      If they have a true 1Series M then I'm all ears.. shave 200lbs add-in 40-70hp and I'd be at the dealer (Provided they keep the starting price below $45,000).

      • 5 Years Ago
      No problems with the naming scheme... just call it the "135tii" like the one pictured.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Name it M1, lose 500lbs in curb weight, have a twin turbo inline 4 making 300 hp. Done
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I completely agree with your ideas except for the naming. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, that would defile the memory of the true M1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Being that the 1 series is a total chick's car I don't know that sorority girls appreciate a hardcore driving machine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      will this "new" version not strand its drivers? I hope so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would love to send your useless ass to the hospital in intensive care, retard
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh. Here we go again with the "it's too heavy" arguments. I'm kind of curious what the proponents of these arguments would have BMW do. The first choice to use more aluminum and high strength steel. This increases price, at which point the "OMG I would never pay that much for a 1 Series LOLZ!" people come out of the woodwork.

      The other alternative is to make a car without back seats, power windows, or any other amenities. The problem when BMW does something like this you get people from the other camp who demand things like power windows and air conditioning in their cars.

      So from what I've gleaned from the Autoblog comment sections people want a 1 Series hardtop with creature comforts, that weighs slightly more than a Miata, and that doesn't use exotic lightweight materials. Oh, and it should all cost less than $40 grand. BMW should just fire all of their engineers and hire magicians instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1 Series is already at the "omg I would never pay that much" level.The $29K "base" price is BS, you'll never drive one off the lot for under 32. That it isn't all that and a bag of chips at that price speaks ill of BM. Worse, a 1-M would probably be bumping up on $50K.
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