• Dec 5, 2010
BMW will officially unveil the 2012 1 Series M Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and while we've already driven a prototype of this hot new 1 Series, we're indeed excited to see the production-ready car in person. As if the hotted-up 1 wasn't potent enough, with around 345horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (official power numbers haven't yet been confirmed), reports are starting to crop up about an even more hardcore 1 Series M. Our friend Jon Sibal has spoken to BMW about the possibility of a lighter, faster 1M, and he offers up the rendering above – a CSL-ified coupe.

Yes, we're licking our chops at the idea of a race-ready 1 Series M Coupe CSL, and it's good to know that BMW hasn't quite ruled out the idea. In speaking with Sibal, BMW says that initial customer reaction to the 1M will determine the need for a GTS/CSL-type car, as well as potential droptop version. "We have a cabrio unofficially," says BMW.

The 1 Series M Coupe is expected to be produced through the summer of 2012 until the next-generation 1 Series hits the market, and when it comes to the possibility of a 1M CSL, consider our hands raised. Head over to Jon Sibal's website for a high-res version of this drool-worthy rendering.

[Source: JonSibal.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Next gen 1-series in a year? Cool...
        • 4 Years Ago
        hopefully it'll look better....actually, that angle AB posted looks pretty good, any other and its just a no-no
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is... so damn cool. Pity it's only a rendering =(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks quite cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ya...really it's like cool car.BMW is best manufacturer company in the auto world & 1m coupe is looks like a sporty car.i hope this car great market in the world. GO.......BMW....GO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      tii please?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will probably cost more than an M3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      M3 is my favorite Beamer! This one if on the good road to take it's place!
      • 4 Years Ago
      :( I miss the old N/A M3 CLS thats the only one on its type
        • 4 Years Ago
        A good friend of mine has owned a original M3 CSL from new and will never part with it so he keeps it for track days and hill climbs. I've driven it a few times its tremendous fun, the performance,steering and handling are fantastic but you really do feel every bump in the road but its worth it. I like these BMW 1 series, even the base diesels are fun, but a CSL version would really be the icing on the cake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just get on with it and call it 1M GTR

      You know it will sell because I want two
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this one in limp mode, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looooove the virtual tape job!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It actually looks good from that angle, but really, this seems like the wrong direction for this car. The 1 series in general doesn't make much sense. It's barely smaller on the outside than a 3 but with a cramped interior and weighs about as much for only slightly less cash.You get odd proportions and styling for your troubles too.

      The 130i is already stupidly fast, so I think BMW i missing an opportunity to make something more aptly in the vein of the famed 2002. Make it lighter with composite/ aluminum body panels, yes, but delete needless luxury complexities and price it cheaper, not as another overpriced limited edition special.
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