• Aug 27, 2010
BMW 1 Series M Coupe – Click above to view the video after the jump

The achingly slow striptease of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe continues with a 47-second-long spot of the camo-clad coupe bearing just enough sheetmetal to keep us interested.

The multi-spoke wheels, drilled discs and quad-exhausts are the only elements not left to the imagination, but the extra vinyl aft of the front wheels is sure to hiding a set of M-style fender vents while a ducktail spoiler is fitted out back.

As for mechanicals, the smart money is still on an upgraded twin-turbocharged inline-six (N54), channeling over 335 horsepower through a manual gearbox and down to the rear wheels via a torque-vectoring M differential.

We're hearing rumblings that the Coupe could be unveiled at next week's Oktoberfest BMWCCA event in Wisconsin, but in the meantime, check out the latest teaser after the jump and scope the first vid in our previous post. Thanks to everyone for the tips!



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      • 4 Years Ago
      so far the car is shaping up to look really awesome. as others have said if i were buying a car like this i would probably pass it up for something else as i cant see it being priced reasonably for what you are paying. im sure its going to be a hell of a performer but there are cars out there that can keep up and even out-do it for a fraction of the cost.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone else think the 1 series looks like it's eyelids are being peeled back?

      Those lights ruin the car for me. And the rest looks like an embryonic version of the 3-series. It'll be cool when it's done growing.

      Same thing with Toyota's final MR2. If I knew it would eventually develop into a Boxter, I'd have gotten one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like nunchucks or a pornstache hanging over the mouth there. I'm not liking what I see so far, but who knows it might surprise me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should be a great performer, but there's no doubt in my mind that it's gonna cost way more than I think it's worth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I realize a ton of people are not going to cross shop a BMW with a 'Stang. You can call them brand loyalists (who've had a great experience with prior BMW's and want to stick to that), folks who are 'image conscious' (aka posers) or people who've had a bad experience with Ford in the past and need more time to trust the brand.

        That said, regardless, I cant help but feel the updated GT, Boss and Gt500 are going to make a dent on M3 and in particular M1 sales. The GT seems to perform as well as the M3 with the Boss benchmarked to beat it, the Shelby is now playing in Corvette GrandSport/911 S territory (and if you see the VIR times even better).

        The problem is the 1 series doesnt have the image of the 3, so the attraction of this car over the Boss or GT is hard to gauge, especially since this is going to be at least 45-50K which is much more than the projected price of the Boss and about the same as the Shelby.

        That said, the torque vectoring is going to make this car an amazing driver, especially given it's nose heavy and the vectoring will add a powerful rotating 'turning moment' like it does with the Evo X and GTR. This car chipped will be a beast. Cant get by the looks though (never really warmed up to the 1 series) and wish it was lighter, it's smaller than the 3 but almost weighs the same due to platform sharing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mikew

        whoops. Thinking of my 135 vert. But the coupe at 52% isn't aweful either. But the tires have been resolved on the 1M. It has a 245/265 setup which for a mid 300s hp car should be great.

        @Carlos
        how do you figure 3500lbs? The 135 only weighs 3200-3300 lbs. I say only because it has a lot of safety equipment and it's a 2+2. The 1 series has always been more a gt car than a sports car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 135i doesn't have a 50/50 weight distribution.
        http://www.caranddriver.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/original/application/ac2e8bc6d05ba0f308aae70e867def6e.pdf

        and BMW uses extra narrow tires on the front axle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with you on that. Probably in high $40's and fully optioned, around $52Gs!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Along with the fact that every time I see one, I think of that Gremlin commercial, where the girl pulls up to the pump and the gas jockey derisively says: "Where's the rest of your car, Toots?" (To which she replied, "One dollar please." He said, "Oh! That much?" She said, "oh, maybe not, just give me a GALLON!")
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Valentino
        the 1er isn't nose heavy. It has a 50/50 weight distribution.
      S
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's cute!! Like it's winking at me from under the covers...awwwwwwwww.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the 1 series coupe looks fantastic, so I'm looking forward to this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You might always get what you pay for, but it is also true that sometimes you don't get what you pay for.

      I can't see getting this over a Boss 302 which will stomp it in all aspects and look prettier inside and out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The BMW CCA Foundation is raffeling off the first US 1 Series M to benefit safer teen driving...check it out!
      https://www.bmwccafoundation.org/AncSponsorshipDrive.asp
      • 4 Years Ago
      "And that is why, in my eyes, the 1-series fails. They price-placement on that car makes no sense when considering how close it is to the 3-series."

      I bought a 1-series specifically because I think the 3-series has become too large, especially in Coupe form. Not all of us buy their cars by the pound. The idea that a larger car at the same price is a better value might work for minivans but not for performance cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am talking about physical size.
      MDORPHN
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh, guys? It's being revealed tonight at Oktoberfest's closing banquet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks weird.. the headlight dont really fit the car... and that BMW grill is over-sized.


      The way factory performance cars are these day are crazy... years ago this kind of performance and power was only for the selected few.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's me ain't it? But, BMW 1 series is so ugly. The 3 Series is such a beauty and the 1 Series... ugh.
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