• Jun 2, 2010
BMW M1/1 Series M spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's certainly no secret that BMW is working on a high-powered version of the darling 1 Series coupe. After all, we've seen different mules and prototypes testing on many, many, many occasions. And while the speculation continues as to what the end result will be called (M1? 1M? 135is?), executives within BMW's M division have reportedly confirmed that the car will go on sale in the second quarter of next year.

Regardless of nomenclature, we're pretty stoked over what this potent little 1 Series will bring to the table, and we wonder how it'll fare compared to BMW's grandaddy M3. If the 2011 Q2 on-sale date is to be believed, we won't be surprised if the production car debuts at either the Paris or Los Angeles show later this year.



[Source: 1addicts.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at the naming of past M-models, it could be called 135CSi or M135i.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CSi gets my vote.

        Brings back memories of the awesome 635CSi or the 860CSi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CSi gets my vote.

        Brings back memories of the awesome 635CSi or the 850CSi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am going to be the first one at the dealer to at least sit in it. I really want to know the name?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yay, BMW gets one thing right on this car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        will not be called 135is either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These things are expensive. I looked very briefly at the 135i before being turned off by it's $40k+ asking price. Priced a 335i the way I wanted it, $55k!

      Needless to say, I bought a G37S 6MT and couldn't be happier. The 3 tenths of a second to 60 MPH doesn't make me lose any sleep and I saved $15k compared to the 3er.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? I used to have a G, but my brother had a 3 series. I was proud of my G until we tested it out run after run in one night and clearly bmw was the winner.

        bmw is a lot more sharper and more accurate in handling, and it gives driver the confidence...etc I can go on and on and on.

        G is a good car, and i liked it, but it just can't compare with bimmer. G gives a more numb handling, it is especially noticable when you take a fast sharp turn around the corner.

        Even though G is cheaper and with good power, but everytime I was in my G, I always had this feeling that it's just not a bimmer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Steering on the G37 is nothing like the bimmers. Also, safety and fit and finish....

        ...regardless, I would opt for the G37 as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stevie101

        After spending some time in the 335, I just couldn't find a night and day difference in handling. It's not that the handling in the BMW is better, it's the steering that's more communicative. The BMW is faster without a doubt due to the significant torque advantage. With that being said, there's more to a car than sprints to 60 MPH. Also, many auto journalists preferred the G37 to the 335i on the track. I've also seen it the other way around, but that goes to show you that the two cars are extremely competitive.

        However, to say it can't compare, there's quite a few people that disagree with you. Mag racers and grassroots enthusiasts alike.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I did find the fit and finish on the BMW to be a tad better, just not $15k better when it was time for the bill. The steering isn't as communicative as the BMW. It's still pretty good and handles well tho'. You get used to the exhaust note. It does drone, but man how awesome it sounds when you lay into it. One of the best sounding exhaust notes under $100k.

        I was more than comfortable conceding those points to save a lot of coin. At the end of the day, it puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As good as the G37 is, that droning exhaust note that's part of every VQ37 equipped car/suv is just too meh for me. Drove the 370Z and felt the same way.

        That and the fact that I sat in the G37 sedan rear seat last time, and found the leg room to be as good as the E90....which is to say not that spacious...and a quick look at Edmunds does show a whopping 0.1 inch more leg-room. How they managed to have such a minuscule advantage in leg-room, yet being nearly 10 inches longer, is beyond me.

        But alas when it boils down to the HPFP issue with the N54 or the droning exhaust of the VQ37s, I guess the G37 does seem quite a bit more enticing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well 135is is an option. They had the 318IS (E36).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think for the M1XX they should focus on weight. Get that thing down to 3000 pounds and add a few HP above the 135 and call it a day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just go to 1addicts.com and then navigate to the M1 sub-forum, you can find out all this info and more months before you will anywhere else. And yes it will be an M car although unlikely named M1. New info will be released this week. Expect 350-360hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's 'stop start' and 'hydraulic.' (iPhone+beer)
      • 4 Years Ago
      fix the frigging lights will ya BMW? this would be a winner if it was half as sexy as the 3 series. I can't understand why anyone would want to buy a 35k car you had to acquire a taste for, I mean for that money it should be g'damn beautiful
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet in person those fender flares will look bad ass.
      small, wide car.........nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Frankly, I can't understand why they're spending on this overweight meatball when the gaping hole in their product line is a simple turbo-four 1-series.

      I've been waiting for YEARS for a 1-series with a good turbo four cylinder and a manual. BMW markets upon the heritage of the 2002, the 320i and the original E30 M3 but where are their fours?

      Nowhere, just as the sales of an overpriced M1 will be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this car has been added to my short list.
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