• May 12, 2010
BMW 1 series M prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

It seems every time we catch a glimpse of BMW's upcoming high performance 1 Series, more details are revealed. Up until now, all of the mules and prototypes have had only two exhaust pipes. In contrast, the newest car to get caught on camera now has four pipes. Why is this significant? Because four pipes are one of the characteristic features of all M models.

This four-piped addition seems to indicate that this car will, in fact, earn that coveted M badge. We still don't know exactly what the widebody 1 will be called, of course, and we are leaning toward 1 Series M, something such as 1xx M (as in 140 M) is not out of the question.

If this mystery car is a 1xx M, we would expect the higher output engine to get a designation correspondingly higher than the current top 135 in keeping with BMW's sort-of-power-related naming convention. We still don't know when this car will debut, but sometime during the next auto show season seems probable.



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      offroaddisco
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forget the tailpipes. The rear diff looks well vented like what I would expect from an ///M.

      As for comments about the 1-series being too small, cars get bigger with each revision. The three series is about the same size of what the E28 5 series used to be. I haven't compared the 1 series to the old 3 but I would guess it's about the same size as the E30. The 1-series is a drivers car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just can't stand the profile/stance of this entire series.

      It looks so awkward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Justin

        me too. aside from whatever praise/accolades/blahblah this car can get, just from looks alone, the 1series is just awkward looking to me. this "M" version will probably look a lot better than the regular 1's, but chances are itll still look awkward. kinda like being the tallest midget.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It has a belly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep me neither.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How could you tell???? Pictures like these are pretty much pointless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the roofline is great. everything else is terrible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I 2nd that. It's the ugliest BMW of all time
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs more tailpipes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would change my E46 M3 ragtop for an M1 ragtop only if it had the S54 engine. I won't buy the N54 as long as it has aluminum headbolts. And don't get me started on BMW's turbo programming changes. And the OEM 1XX stereo has to go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do I spy with my little eye something that starts with "differential cooler"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        4 pipes? LSD? yeah that's an M, don't care what the badge will say
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice, more 1 series's. Designed especially for people who want BMWs but can't afford BMWs. Oh, and people who don't know the difference between FWD and RWD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most people don't know the engineering/technological feats related to their cars. I don't see why they NEED to either. They know BMW puts out some great cars, they can probably feel it too. In the end, a car is a car. It works, it's nice inside and out, people like it, they buy it, they drive it, end of story. BMW isn't trying to rip people off.

        I don't see how it portrays false wealth though. If you're saying a $30-$40k car portrays false wealth, what do you expect people to drive?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Designed especially for people who want BMWs but can't afford BMWs."

        In practice, that's often the case. But I prefer to think of it as being designed for people who want a BMW that's closer in size and agility to an E46 3-Series. Even the basic 118i hatch is an absolute blast--it's the Miata wagon Mazda never built.

        Anyway, as far as price goes, you better believe you can option that sucker up into 525i territory without trying too hard :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Webber:

        Regarding the FWD/RWD comment, clockhand was referring to this: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/23/the-craziest-damn-thing-youll-hear-today-80-of-bmw-1-series-o/
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Webber
        See how many people who thought the 1 series was a FWD. And you better believe most 3 series drivers are as ignorant to well engineered vehicle they possess. I respect both the 1 and 3 series, but I envy the drivers. Most 3 series around here are used to portray false wealth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Many 1-series models are more expensive than some 3-series models... And did you know that all 1-series are RWD?
        Seems your comment is even more useless than the BMW you are trying to imagine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do love BMW, but not a fan of the 1. It's.... too small! I guess people who are extremely dedicated/obsessed with BMW who can't shell out a few extra grand go for the 1... Recently i saw 2 college freshmen guys driving an open top 128. Did not look good at all. It was so awkward. The starting price for the 328 is only $2k more than the 128 convertible.... Of course, there are so many choices outside BMW as well.

      I know I sound like I'm on a BMW hating streak right now, but I honestly don't even know what market the M1 will be for. At least there are 4 tailpipes!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How come they don't offer the black/swirly paint option on anything?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep it around 3000lbs and give it a healthy boost over 300hp and youve got an interrested party.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll have double-wishbone front suspension like a proper sports car, right BMW? Right? You know, like Civics had in the 80's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      M135 is the most likely name. And follows precedent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Other than the wheels that look way too big for the car. It seems tp be ok. it will be nice to have a true M sports car that doesnt cost 80k. I agree with the previous post keep it close to 3000lbs and around 300hp and it will be a very nice sports car. it may not break any records, but it will be a nice car. If they put closer to 400hp then it will be a great sports car, but then it might steal some of the thunder from the M3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the inside source over on 1addicts is any indication, the power will most definitely not be around 300HP. He mentions a twin turbo N55 that will be a good bit more powerful than the 135i to justify the price, but not step on the toes of the M3. Also, this powerplant is most likely going to be used in the F30 M3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will give the M3 a run for its money....even if its ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think BMW needs to not worry about thinking up some new nomenclature so that it can continue to honor a 30 year old wedge on wheels. Just call it an m1 because that's what it is. Maybe if they had continued to make the original m1 then we could think of a different name but they haven't. Face it, only the tiniest fraction of BMW enthusiasts know what the m1 is. I don't think you'll be offending anyone by calling this new car an m1. It will keep with the current naming scheme and be more elegant than putting 12 different letters and numbers on the back end of it.
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