• Apr 7th 2010 at 11:19AM
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BMW M1/1 M/135is – Click above for high-res image gallery

The oft-speculated M version of the BMW 1 Series appears to be getting closer to production reality if our latest batch of spy pics is anything to go on. Exactly what badge it will were remains unknown at this point. It seems improbable that it will actually be called M1 since BMW likely wants to preserve the badge for its original M supercar. However, it is possible that the hotted up 1 could follow the pattern of the X5/X6 and be called the 1 M – and it might not even get an M badge altogether. Perhaps it will just be dubbed 135is like the new-for-2011 335is that we recently reviewed – or even a 135 tii like a previous concept shown by BMW.

1 Series enthusiasts' forum 1Addicts.com has an FAQ of unknown provenance that indicates the car will be launched late this year and on sale in the first half of 2011. Power is expected to come from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six which perhaps indicates that the 135is branding is the most likely scenario. A convertible may also be part of the plan.

Our spy shooter notes that this car is clearly further developed from the previous prototypes with tacked-on black fenders. The front spoiler, widened fenders, and big alloys shrouding oversized drilled discs appear to be near-production items too. Given that the current 135i puts offers 300 horsepower, and going speculation has the hotter model delivering 350-370 horsepower.

All of which begs the question: What do you want the new top-rung 1 Series to be called? Take our survey below and let us know what you think.

What should the new high-performance BMW 1 Series be called?
BMW M1 4320 (38.6%)
BMW 1 M 1605 (14.3%)
BMW 135is 2181 (19.5%)
BMW 135 tii 2601 (23.2%)
Other 484 (4.3%)

[Sources: CarPix, 1Addicts]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I did vote for the M1 simply because it sounds better and goes better with their other line of cars. The M after the name of the car seems to only sit with the SUVs.

      Even though I was aware of the history of the M1, 90% of BMW buyers have no clue ( remember that people didn't even know or care what drives their wheels (Front or Rear?)).
      • 5 Years Ago
      hopefully,.... HOPEFULLY, this car will reignite bmw and it's M brand with their original core values. with last 2 generations of cars bmw has drifted further from their core qualities, that's even with the 3 still being at the tops of their class(i'm sorry,... outrageously expensive and warmed over vw's still can't compete). the rest of their line up is, IMO,... lackluster at best.

      but anyways, this "thang" should be called the 135 M.

      1 M is to obviously close to M1. doesn't sound as if too much thought would be put into it.

      135is doesn't advertise the car performance abilities well enough. considering(if the rumored specs are true) that the 335is won't have as much power, doesn't have a widened track or altered suspension as compared to the 335i with sport package. plus bmw also said that the 135is would be the only none M models in america to get the dual clutch(but who knows, they could be lying agian... looking at you X5 M!)

      135tii was a cool concept as should be kept as that. plus many of the parts on the 135tii are available from bmw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like 135is, because I like the idea of BMW making the "is" models something subtle yet desirable, without the baggage of it being an "M1".

      I also think M1 moniker should be saved for the rumoured BMW "halo" car to compete with the R8/911.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Just get over the fact that M1 is synonymous with the supercar, and keeping the M-series naming convention (M3, M5, M6).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who spellchecked this article ?? Good god.... But, cant wait for these things to be released, regardless of what its called.... it'll end up being called an I.S. though.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good with a body kit and the BBS grey wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you voted "M1," I hope you're forced to drive a Prius for eternity.
      • 5 Years Ago

      My sister has an M3. She has run into astronomical costs pretty much right after the warranty ran out.

      Porsche has now been voted, basically, the most reliable automobile. In your experience, do you think a used Porsche Cayman would be more affordable to operate than either an M3 or a 135i or the "M1" after they're on the market?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe BMW can use this new product as an opportunity to break up the use of "M" in two distinct ways: Use in front of the model number (a single number) it means a true Motorsports vehicle, as in M1, M3 etc. Then used after a model number it means Motorsports tuned, but not a true M car, as in the X5/X6.

      This would make a sweet M1. Let the future mid engine family be the 9 series, to really ruffle Porsche's feathers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since 80% of 1-series owners think their cars are FWD, they definitely do not know what an M1 was. They won't care either, as long they can get an automatic transmission in their BMW.

        So sad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The non-enthusiast wouldn't even know what an M1 was unless you said "BMW".

        Call it the M1, reconcile the nomenclature.
        • 5 Years Ago
        they should just call it a 2002.

        M shouldn't be anywhere near it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It can't have the "M" in front because it would make people think it's the new mid engine car, and not nameing the new mid engine car the "M" (after the oridinal one) would just be wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As much as I appreciate the purist approach, BMW put itself in a corner when it named its first M car M1. If they don't want to use M1, or Tii, or whatever on a 1 series they never should've called it a 1 series. 2 series seems to fit the mission profile of the car better, and M2 sounds appropriate.

        And what are they going to call the upcoming FWD models?

        The M1 successor could be called the M9, with the 935i Efficient Dynamics being the main model... and as a step on Porsche's toes thats way more hardcore sounding than M1, MKII.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad "M1" means a mid-engine 2-seat performance coupe, not a bloated neo-retro 2002. Call it a "ti"
      • 5 Years Ago
      With BMW's terrible naming schemes of late, this will probably be called the 135 tii-is M S-drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would love it if they named it the M O RLY?!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about just "M Coupe" like the old M coupe? Otherwise, just call it 135is
      • 5 Years Ago
      M135i or M135is seems like a sort of obvious answer to follow suit of the 80s M535's and M635's
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