• Jan 6th 2010 at 11:00AM
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A BMW 1 Series Coupe, tweaked by the company's M-Technik division, is reportedly under development for UK release in mid-2011. Destined to slot beneath the M3 Coupe, the smaller 1 Series Coupe is said to feature a modified twin-turbocharged six-cylinder packing 350 horsepower. The aluminum engine will be mated to a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with an electronically-controlled rear M differential. With a curb weight of just over 3,300 pounds and easily making more than 310 lb-ft of torque, the newest M-car will breeze past 60 mph in well under five seconds without breaking a sweat (for comparison's sake, BMW claims the 135i takes 5.2 seconds but publications like Car and Driver have hit 60 mph in the 4.7-second range)

The 1 Series Motorsport variant will reportedly retain the current car's standard MacPherson struts up front and the multi-link rear configuration, but the division's engineers have fitted firmer springs and dampers (and new bushings) to improve handling. Lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels complete the hardware package. Cosmetically, the so-called "M1" will wear an M division body kit with a new front spoiler, flared wheel arches, larger side sills, a rear spoiler and an aggressive rear valance with four M-signature chrome exhaust tips.

The name is still not finalized. Understandably, BMW is hesitant to quickly slap the "M1" label on the rear decklid as that name originally adorned the company's legendary road supercar in the late 1970s. Destined to become the M division's most affordable model, we really don't care what BMW calls it... just send it to our shores.

[Sources: Autocar; Car and Driver]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to see this and the new Mustang with the handling package against each other on the track!

      Looking cool so far should be a fun car to drive.(In a video game for me XD lol.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would nice to see too.

        I was invited by BMW to drive their 1s , manual, non manual 28, 35 with or without x.
        It really feels awesome on a track (not fancy).
        And my god, somehow 4 of us were in the car, im 6 feet tall.

        I agree about the price, 30K (Canadian) is too close to 3
        but its different , it feels great.

      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is also called an M1? I see no resemblance with 80's M1 sportscar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm really tired of all this dual clutch nonsense. Seems like 2007 was the last year of the golden age of driving, an age that will not be revived for some 20 years I predict.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, so the M1 gets a boost of 50hp for what, 10k extra over the 135i?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not all about the horsepower.

        The extra cost is also getting a rear LSD, better suspension, and possibly other goodies (bigger brakes, wider tires, etc).

        Case in point: a Subaru WRX has a faster 0-60 time than the STI version, yet people are still buying the STI for ~10k more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW: "You Lie!" ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's gonna be a killer. Can't wait for that BMW
      • 5 Years Ago
      god, just went to the BMW site and built a 135i to see what they were coming in at and before I could blink I had built a $50k car - a $50k ONE SERIES!
      does that mean the 1 Series M will option out at $60K?!?!?!?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, the 1-series was never cheap to start with. I think the M version will start around $50K or more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      3330 lbs? Nice!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs more turbo 4 cylinder. But I'll take it either way..
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's about time! The 135i looked like a proper M-car without the name when it came out, but it's flaws are evident: Squishy suspension set-up, no limited-slip diff, almost the same weight as a 3-series and ugly looks and proportions (tall and narrow glasshouse, odd 'bangle' surfaces).

      Unfortunately the M is hardly going to fix the last two points and the opportunity was lost to truly position the 1-seres as a Golf/A3 alternative. I would much rather (and I'm not the only one it seems) have seen a lighter, more focused high-output four-cylinder that would bring back (in spirit) the very best M ever: the gen1 M3. This would also make room for a return to a six-cylinder M3 and the forthcoming V8 M5 (for emissions and mileage reasons).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome!! The 135i already offers an amazing driving experience, so this car will definitely be off the charts if BMW delivers....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am interested, however, I won't be the early adopter as I were when 135i was released state side. Going to wait a year or two to see if any inherent problem surfaces. Contesting BMW to buy my car back once is painful enough, the fact that this car still has a DFI+Turbo setup gives me the chills.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still odd looking, like a giant hand squeezed it too tight and the eyes started to pop out. Fast mofo though...
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