BMW 1M Coupe rendering

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]