• Feb 9, 2010
Technical details of BMW's coming M1 have leaked before and the important bits are these: Aluminum, twin-turbo six-cylinder, 350 horsepower, 310-plus pound-feet of torque, six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, electronically-controlled rear M differential and around 3,300 pounds. Now details on the car's appearance are bursting through the cracks and the mods aim to separate this from lesser 1-er siblings by including a trapezoidal central grille, two lateral intakes, different headlights, a "ducktail" integrated rear spoiler and the quad pipes standard on all Ms.
A host of the changes serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. The six-piston brakes up front are getting a lot of attention, which is part of the reason for the reshaped grille up front as well as lip spoilers above the brake duct inlets. The track has been increased front and rear, which will necessitate new wheel arches. Up top will be a carbon fiber roof to lower the center of gravity and down low will be ducts in the rear diffuser for better aerodynamics. When we finally do see it next year, the whole package will sit on two choices of 18-inch wheels: Standard or Competition.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      True believers in the blue-and-white-propeller--the ones with more money than brains--will surely flock to this, so kudos to BMW for once again raping their fanbase.

      The rest of us know there are much better performance values out there in this price-bracket (e.g., Corvette), and even in the one below it (e.g., 370Z, STI, Evo).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you just compare a 1 series BMW with a Corvette? Who's cross shopping those two? Perhaps you also have less brains than you do cash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Euro mags have it certain its going to be a 4 cylinder turbo, and evoke the E30 M3. I hope they are right, for some reason a big turbo 6 in the 1 doesn't inspire me.

      Strangely, I prefer the sweetness of the 128 to the 135. Yes the 135 is more of a hooligan, but it feels unbalanced at the helm. I'd be hoping for a 4cyl M1 to capitalize on that sweetness and add proper shove.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You forgot the most important number: ~$50,000.

      :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Try buying one for less than $60k within 100mi of saltwater when they come out. Which is odd when you think about it - they should be cheaper near the ports....
        • 4 Years Ago
        For a 1-series?!!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        My first thought as well. This would be an awesome car fully loaded at $38-40K; a great competitor to the likes of the STI and Evo...but the 135i is already priced into that zone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You don't loose 300lb by going to a 4 cyl. You might loose maybe 50-70lb by getting rid of 2 cyl and a turbo max(its not like the current 6 is made out of iron). 4cyl with 300hp would not really be ideal for people who want to drive the car every day. STi and Evo drivers deal with the lag of small engines with turbos. Although I am sure its fun on the track I don't think on the street the car would be all that great and no where near the current 135i. At the end of the day the M division is turning out street cars which people can take to the track not track cars people can drive on the street. If the M division sold stripped down cars destined for the track I could see this logic but they don't. The M3 for instance is a fantastic car on the track but is designed to be civil in both suspension and engine response on the street. I think it is remarkable how they time and time again strike an excellent balance between the two. I think people sometimes forget they don't make race cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can't truly compare a BMW's turbocharged engine to a mistubishi or Subaru, they're not even in the same league. The same tech you find in a Bimmer nor materials will be found in either of those brands. If you've driven any of the 4cyl models of the past from them, you'd realize that even then they were far ahead of what Mistubishi and Subaru offer now. Take the Mini Cooper for instance, ample power from such a small engine and minimal lag at best. So any BMW version would be far more refined for such a demanding customer base.
      • 4 Years Ago
      archnight I am not sure you are comparing apples to apples. Their previous 4cyl engines were great but did not pull around 3200lb cars. No matter how great the mini is it is a completely different weight, driveline layout, and class of car. The technology in the mini doesnt trump what mitsubishi has done with their new evo. For a 300hp car with 4cyl with "minimal lag" how big would the engine be? 2 - 2.5 liters not 1.5 so again you aren't saving much weight once you add balancing for the engine. I don't doubt they could do it thats not my point the question is why would they do it. Using the mini as an example the adequate power it has is as you said "adequate" it doesn't run the car to 60 any faster than the competition in the class. We are talking about an M car here a car that should be better than its lesser models. The days of 2700lb RWD BMW performance cars are over sad to say.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course there's no problem with turbo lag in 3.0 and 4.4 liter engines. The N52 has adequate torque because it's already at 3.0L, and the turbo in the N54 merely amplifies that to ~4.0L NA levels. I know the engine blocks are different between the N52 and N54, but based on capacity alone, the 3.0 already outputs more lbft than any 2.5. Obviously it's even more so for the 4.4 V8...

        Since you yourself brought up the fact that the engine used in the current gen MINI is a joint Peugeot/BMW, how are you so certain that the engine is so good solely because of BMW? Did Peugeot just put their name in the collaboration for the fun of it?

        • 4 Years Ago
        I suggested a 2.5L 4 in an earlier post, as well as comparing the car to an Audi TT-RS in terms of performance. Not once have I ever mentioned weight in any of them, so let's just see where I'm going with this. Given all the creature comforts, safety features, and tech packed into cars, 3300 lbs would be average for a vehicle this size. You compared AWD vehicles to RWD, what's the commonality in that? Wait--the horsepower in the engines!! In case your wondering, the 1.6L in the Mini is a BMW/Puegeot joint project, so comparing that engine to others (minus the drive line), is quite accurate. As for the "adequate" power I mentioned, 172 hp (base) and 208 hp (upgraded), is definitely more than enough to zip a Cooper around town. If you ever get to drive one you'll know what I'm talking about. BMW already has a naturally aspirated 2.0L (170 hp, sold in Europe) in the 1-series, which I'm sure could match or best the output of any EVO or STI. Not to mention, most if not all of the BMW engines use a combination of magnesium and aluminum, which of course makes them lighter than any engine in any segment. You mention the turbo lag suffered by small engines, but the same could be said for BMW's 3.0L I6 or the 4.4L V8, which apparently they have no trouble negating. Given the fact that BMW engines are far more refined than anything Mitsubishi or Subaru could ever dream of producing.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @ speed12sil,

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritec_engine

        It's simple if you read, I don't have time to explain the entire scenario to you. People claim to be auto enthusiast around here but know absolutely nothing about most of the companies out there. Simply put, this engine also replaced several offered in the Peugeot and Citroen lines.
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather see a four cylinder with those power numbers, it'd help with the cars weight and balance a lot more then any carbon fiber wonder roof could.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds fun, but sounds like it will be really to expensive to be a hit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ohhh, wait a minute. I know what car they're talking about. I think it's called the E46 M3... which is the car I'd much rather own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope that dual-clutch tranny is optional and that one can instead choose a good ol' manual 6-speed....

      If yes, color me very interested.

      If not, well, pass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you 100%. BMW is always caters to it's enthusiast with a good manual, with exception of it's SUV's. I'd don't think they'll miss out on selling a model like that, simply because there are purists who wouldn't have it any other way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How can the article say "six-piston brakes up front are getting a lot of attention, which is part of the reason for the reshaped grille up front as well as lip spoilers above the brake duct inlets." when the 135i already had six-piston brakes, but did not have these things?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes it does have six pots and brake ducts. I have heard of racers having to fashion true duct work though as the stock ducts are little more than shaped plastic in the bumper that aims the air at the brakes. I have seen some picks where people actually put ducting in for better cooling performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where do i sign?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how everyone complains about the weight of the vehicle wanting it to loose 300 pounds yet no one is willing to pay the likely 5-10k difference for all of the aluminum and CF bits it would take. The current 135i is a very potent car it is well balanced but needs some suspension work and a differential that looks like what they are aiming to do with this car. If it weren't for price I could see buying one I don't go to the track so the suspension and diff would be lost on me.
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