• Jul 8, 2010
BMW 1 Series M Coupe – Click above to view the video after the jump

We've waited a long time for this. And not just for the official name. BMW has released the first teaser video of its upcoming 1 Series M Coupe and "excited" doesn't begin to describe how we're feeling.

The video after the jump is devoid of hard details, but it confirms what we've seen in countless spy shots and the rumors that have made the rounds for nearly a year.

Early reports indicate that the twin-turbocharged inline-six (N54) in the standard 135i will be upgraded to 335 horsepower, with the M Coupe's newfound grunt channeled through a six-speed dual-clutch manual gearbox and down to the rear wheels via a torque-vectoring M rear differential. The results are a 0-60 time of around 4.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Naturally, firmer springs, dampers and bushings are part of the package, along with lightweight 18-inch wheels and a full body kit consisting of a new fascia, flared wheel arches, larger side sills, rear diffuser and a small spoiler. Being an M-fettled product, expect a quad-tipped exhaust to reside out back and – judging by previous spy shots and the official video – BMW's trademark fender vents.

BMW kindly requests you to register at M-Power.com for more details and to sign up for an exclusive test drive. The rub: it's only open to "German and Austrian" drivers. Here's hoping that unjust regionalism doesn't extend to sales when the 1 Series M Coupe hit dealers in the second quarter of 2011.








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      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares!!! Not me. Another expensive bimmer! I'm not a hater, but really!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      fugly amplified!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thankfully they are not calling it M1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAN.. that's a lot of power in such a tiny car...

      Can i haz?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tiny car, by modern standards. How about that?

        Yes, it is not much lighter than the 3 series. Kinda sad. That's one reason why i have never been interested in one. The wheelbase factor is nice though!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's not a tiny car, a tiny car is the car next to it, the e30... which is utterly dwarfed by the 1 series... kinda crazy really. anywho power sounds good but i'm guessing weight isn't down more than 200lbs. should be a hoot with such a short wheelbase.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll hold out for the M0 series, "I drive a MO."
      • 4 Years Ago
      No real manual trans and it'll cost more than $50k as-delivered... and you guys are eating it up anyway. See y'all in my rearview mirrors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is reported to be only offered with a manual trans...
      • 4 Years Ago
      if there's turbos, it's not an M car.

      they should've tuned the s54 a bit more and dropped it in, now that would be one helluva car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There needs to be a manual option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This might be the longest 1 Series comment thread in which someone has yet to mention how the 1 Series is 500 lbs heavier than a car that came out 23 years ago and cannot seat five comfortably.

      I know it doesn't have the high-revving characteristics of the M engines of yore but I'm willing to give it a chance. It seems like most of the in-house tuners are going the forced-induction route these days so a pleasing engine note might be something that enthusiasts will have to live without. Yes, we will also have to sacrifice throttle response but auto makers have their marching orders from the government so we might as well get used to it.

      That being said, I'm looking forward to reading the first drives.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still using the N54?I thought they would have stopped that since it had a fuel pump issue that caused the engine to fail in such a way it would have to be replaced entirely. Of course, BMW did a good job by offering new engines for free which I duly support, but I don't quite understand why they continue using this engine when it's known to be faulty.

      I guess I would compare it to the Boxster's IMS problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so, BMW decided to stick with the N54 for this project because they cannot squeeze enough juice out of the new N55. however, the Bavarians still have not found a fix for the high pressure fuel pump failures on the N54. so, you are going to get a great car that could fail at any mileage from 1000 to 100,000. so much awesome. thanks BMW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GOOSE PIMPLES!!!!
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