• Nov 23, 2010
The rumor furnaces are cooking at full tilt when it comes to what will be lurking under the hood of the upcoming BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The sleuths at 1addicts.com have managed to lay their hands on a clandestine manifest that supposedly outlines all of the new models set to flow forth the Bavarian automaker. Nestled among the more common 1 Series metal is a vehicle that appears to be code named "1 M Pyrat" that will supposedly pack a 340 horsepower N54 engine in European trim. That'll send your eyebrows to your hairline, sure, but it's not nearly as shocking as the U.S.-spec model just a bit further down the list.

According to the enthusiast site, BMW is planning a 451 horsepower version of the 1 Series M Coupe just for American consumption. Now, we hate to the little black rain cloud that rains on everyone's parade, but this seems more than a little unlikely. After all, the big daddy M3 rolls with 414 horsepower right now, and even if BMW is planning a substantial bump in power in the near future, it seems unlikely that the baby 1 would be given the chops to pass its bigger brother.

Still, it doesn't hurt us one bit to dream this little dream until BMW says otherwise. Head over to 1addicts to have a closer look at the manifest.



[Source: 1addicts]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be a typo, 232KW sounds right and puts the US 1er just below the EDM version in terms of power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No way would they let the 1 step all over the M3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it were a proper M-1, it'd crush the M3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. A BMW M1 is 2 seats, 6-pt engine in front of the rear axle in a low-slung coupe body with meaty tires.

        Fast forward 30+ years, and I'd expect twin turbos on that engine, along with improved chassis dynamics and better aerodynamics. But no change to the basic formula.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love BMWs. I drive one. If they want me to purchase another though they need to stay AHEAD of the compitition. Love the Mustang, but the fact it can now perform on par with an M3 for half the price is crazy. If BMW (and Audi, etc) want to charge premium prices, they better deliver premium performance. If true, this horsepower is spot on for how the 1 M should be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this new figure is correct, and it stays around it's prospective price point, then it would at least put up a fight with a Mustang now.

      Before, the lbs./hp was just too much.. but 451hp now!? *drool*
      • 4 Years Ago
      pocket rocket redefined.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe it's just me, but I like the looks of the E30 better.

        The new car looks bloated where the E30 is tauter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, looks bigger, but just compare to other cars of today. Not the smallest, but still...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, looks bigger, but just compare to other cars of today. Not the smallest, but still...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now this I like. Relatively small car that packs a punch.
      More torque, more fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My bet is the 451-hp engine is going to be dropped into the M3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Until the 1 series weighs less than 3000lb, I'm not interested.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somehow I doubt BMW is going to let the 1M have more HP than the M3. Wishful thinking I suppose. Although, X-mas dreams do come true.... sometimes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is more likely that it is 332 HP .... instead of 332 "kw"
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see what is particularily difficult to comprehend about this. If the M3 can offer a tough guy GTS version, why can't the little 1M offer a CSL version, a la 2000CSL?

      I could definitely see BMW doing something like this, especially if they wanted to take the 1 series to a racing series.

      Would be a pretty serious amount of fun if you ask me... 451HP out of a little RWD car like that could prove to be one of the best driving experiences of the decade.

      I've always had a soft spot for 135's and Z8's - the only 2000 and up BMW's I truly liked, minus the carried on M5 that was produced from 1999 (?) and up.


      Good on BMW for considering the top echelon of the 1 series range, and then possibly even taking it one step further.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You bring up a good point, and possibly the only way to shed some sanity on this rumor.

        BMW has talked about the new 1 series M car being more affordable and accessible then the m3. I'm pretty sure it's going to be using the older twin turbo i6 that is in the roadsters with an IS designation..complete with the overboost feature.

        If they made a 1 M with 450 hp, it would surely cost more than the 415 hp m3...So that is definetly not going to be the "base" 1 M engine...but as you said, possibly a race spec 1 M. Hmm, probably going to cost like 80k if not more considering how much the orange M3 race spec car costs. At those prices, there's so many other ways i'd rather spend that kind of money.
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