• Oct 13, 2010

BMW 1 Series M Coupe teasers – Click above for image gallery

Fans of the original BMW M3 might not be enamored by the current V8 model, but the upcoming 1 Series M Coupe promises to bring it back to the source. The Bavarian automaker has released new information on the more compact M ahead of its full release in December ahead of the Detroit Auto Show where it'll be finally revealed to the public.

The 1 Series M Coupe packs a 340-horsepower version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six from the Z4 sDrive35iS in a package weighing about 3,300 pounds, with power fed to the wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual. This a departure from the "bare-bones" M3 GTS that packs a dual-clutch gearbox.

Pricing is slated to come in between those of the existing 135i and M3, placing it somewhere around the $45k mark. Click below to check out the updated gallery of teaser images, including some new swirly ones.



[Source: BMW M division]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the M-Division's well on its way to turning into AMG. But seriously, as a 135i owner I was kinda looking forward to this car, but now all it's turning out to be is a 135i with a wide body kit for wider wheels, JB3 tune, LSD, some M3 struts/control arms/etc., and an insignificant diet. Plus, I highly doubt this will sell for $45k; a plain m-sport 135i with iDrive can hit that price. It's probably going to be price veryyy closely to a M3 sedan without any limited edition dealer mark-up BS...in which I'd much rather just buy a M3 sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this told us nothing we already didnt know
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously. This is almost worse than the Explorer reveal. Why release "OFFICIAL" pictures of a camouflaged car? It defies logic. Either show us the actual car, or show us nothing. I'd prefer arty closeups of a fully finished vehicle over this lackadaisical approach to a tease campaign. We can tell what it looks like through the camo and we know the drive train details. So what's the point?
      • 4 Years Ago
      3,300 pounds? Well, at least I can start shopping for my Cayman S for SCCA A-stock now. Thanks for the update, I was waiting in hope of some miracle 3100 lbs package (fat chance, I know, but I'm a dreamer).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I gotta tell you that in a world where you can already get a car weighing 3250lbs making 332hp for $32k (think 370Z) or one weighting 3600lbs making 412hp for $30k, the 1 series M does not hit the proper price performance balance. The M badge was once seen as an amazing performance bargain with incredible technology. Now it just an overly expensive, overly luxurious, over weight sports car. Still an impressive one but it does not appeal to the performance enthusiast the way it once did.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Overpriced?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It will cost about the same as a TT-RS and probably handle better. In fact, most of the M line compares favorably with its competitors in terms of price/performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To much teasers for a Serie 1M....
      Not like it was "that" special...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would rather buy a 335is!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing seems like it is being rolled out at the speed of the Chevy Volt. The stock Mustang GT is less expensive, faster and performs on a track better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      still too heavy. needs to shed a few hundred pounds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THAT IS PERFECT

      exactly the engine i was thinking of when i seen the first spy shots , this is going to be amazing
        • 4 Years Ago
        All I'm saying is "adding lightness" is more of a challenge than people make it out to be and that weight comparisons between cars today and cars of 20 years ago are irrelevant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously do you not notice some differences between this car and the mclaren?
        THE ONE SERIES IS TINY
        I bet if you were to make a square from the 4 corners of those two cars you would find the mclaren's square is 1.5-2 times the area of the 1 series. Why would you compare their weights.

        Argue all you want but this thing is really heavy for a little car. That's all I was saying. I'm not saying they sold out I'm not saying anything along those lines other than the e30 was small and light this 1 series is small and heavy. Dear BMW please "add lightness"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perfect ? Maybe for this day but an e30m3 still weighs 5-8 hundred pounds less then this 1 series. For a tiny little car to weigh in 50lbs less than my legacy gt which is twice the size and awd. I'm really not impressed at all.

        Good engine good chassis but it's still a porker for being almost mx-5 miata in size.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a 1 series not a 3 series. This is not the modern counterpart of an e30 it's the smaller version of the modern counterpart (e9x).

        I'm not saying this car is bad because it's not. It will be a fun car and tuners will be all over it. But it does, in my opinion, weigh about 300 lbs too much.

        I mean 50 lbs less then my awd midsize car is very hard for me to swallow as much as I'd like to be a believer... I'm not sure this is a purists sports car like everyone says it is.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I challenge you to find one car on the road today that does not weigh 30% more than its Reagan-era counterpart. Also, while this may be close in size to a Miata, its also got a hard top and two extra seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      comparing it to the E30 M3? here is the knife that you left in my back
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the same power and weight as a stage 1 STI ($700 or less) without AWD for probably $15k more, awesome!
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