• Dec 8, 2010
2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe revealed – Click above to watch the video after the jump

BMW hasn't done the best job of keeping its 2012 1 Series M Coupe a secret. The hot new two-door isn't scheduled to make its public debut until the Detroit Auto Show next month, but we've already seen dozens of teaser images and videos. Heck, we've even driven a prototype.

Now, BMW has released video of the production-ready 1M with all of its swirly paper removed. Its bulgy, brash front end and wider stance certainly look the part of a serious baby brother to the M3, and while official numbers have yet to be confirmed, we're indeed looking forward to flogging all 340-ish horsepower via a standard six-speed manual transmission.

Check out the video for yourself, after the jump, and stay tuned for the official details as they break.



Gallery photos copyright ©2010 Rex Roy/AOL, BMW

[Source: BMW via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgive what may be a naïve question, but why do they call this a 1 Series M Coupe (or, in the article and a few comments 1M) instead of M1?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The M1 was the name for BMW's supercar from the late 70s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The M1 was seriously gorgeous car and still looks great today, its about time BMW brought out a new M1. I preferred the 1 series M in white with the blue and red stripes featured on this site a few days ago, I think this car will be colour sensitive.
        Who was that artist who used to do those fantastic paint jobs on 70's and 80's BMW racers?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dig it, wide body suites the 1 series.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its bound to be a $45000 base car and easily over the mid $50000 point with extra. Anyways,nice car but its just doesn't have the it factor that the E30 M3 (simple, affordable and classic),which is what BMW wants the 1 M-Coupe to become. Anyways it looks and sounds good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The base 1 Series is awkward looking.. but this looks mean !


      Cant wait to see the performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that the Stig in the driver's seat?
      • 4 Years Ago
      pirat(e) 1 really?
      • 4 Years Ago
      basically a 135 with stubble!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. Aggressive and muscular front end but like other I wonder how much it will weigh. I'm guessing pretty close to the M3 (within 200#) and what the final sticker will be.

      If you haven't heard Ford has this new Mustang coming out next year whose little brother lost, by the slimmest of margins, to the M3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would be the guy cross-shopping the BOSS 302 against the 1 Series M. The base BOSS 302 with Recaro seats and Torsen LSD will run for roughly $43,000. For that I get a car that will eat the M3's lunch, and looks great. On top of that, it is rated for 26 mpg, highway. I do not imagine the 1 Series M being cheaper than the BOSS. It would have to be a pretty special car in order to make a case for itself in light of the BOSS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      noooo... i was hoping bmw would keep up the striptease shtick.

      what happened to bmw's purposeful, utilitarian design? the front end is as baroque as liberace.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Redlined at 7000rpm? Not very M. I'm also holding judgement on the engine note from a turbo engine, but otherwise it's likely to have the best fun-for-the-buck in the whole range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is going to be rear wheel drive, right? I know I read something about BMW mulling FWD cars, and the 1 Series is where I'd expect to see it. I hope to the car gods this thing is RWD, and maybe affordable if they are smiling down on us.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mnmforever I knew they had one in Europe but I didn't know if this one was the same one. Thanks for answering my question. I don't pay much attention to BMW overall and the fact that they camo'd the car made me worry this was a new version with tuning, not a tuned version of the existing. Glad to hear it's putting power to the right place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to like it. It is the right formula.

      But the wrong execution.

      Too heavy for a car that small.

      Too ugly for a car with no pragmatic compromises needed. The styling is a saggy, blunt-nosed, narrow, tall, and short-of-length mess. A car of that size should look lithe and sleek. And be so low that it starts to look longer than it really is.

      The front bumper, like all Bangle and post-bangle M cars, is way over-styled and unsettling, not that the front end of the 1-series is good looking anyway... it isn't.

      The roof height compared to the cowl/window sill line proportions need to be better. The car looks very thick and bloated under the windows... and the roof looks squashed, and not particularly sleek, either. The thing looks like it has Camaro-like outward visibility, but perhaps a bit thinner C-pillars.

      Too expensive for such a car, and makes itself redundant with the 3-series.

      No fastback liftback, so it has a tiny little trunk lid, regardless of the trunk floor area. If X6 can exist, why doesn't the 1-series coupe have a liftback, since the Z4 M-Coupe no longer exists...

      Turbos are fun, but M cars used to be the epitome of naturally aspirated all-motor performance.

      The premise is good. After that, it takes every turn for the worse in how the premise is accomplished.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 2door 2 seat cars that you compare are not in the same class. They do not seat 4 and are much smaller. The z4M was 3230lbs which is about 150lbs lighter. But it wasnt saddled with run flat tires 10" extra sheet metal, additional air bags for rear passengers, moon roof etc. The porshe cayman is 15k more to start and has less stuff standard and doesnt even match a 135i in performance for that you need the S which is 25k more and for 25k it should weigh less.. The weight you compare to your legacy is not the same either. the unlaiden weight is 3373 per their website which is 100lbs less than your legacy which has a smaller engine, less sound deadening etc. I think there is a lack of realism in your argument.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have owned cars with fastback hatchbacks, and they were not drastically heavier than cars with fixed rear glass, and a trunk-lid. But they WERE MUCH more useable to load things in and out of than cars with trunks so tiny, they cargo floor space is a moot point.

        Was the Z4 M-coupe a pig for having a hatchback? Not particularly. Is the Porsche Cayman with a hatchback a pig? NO. It weighs less than 3100lbs even fully optioned... and the Cayman R weighs less than that.

        By contrast, a 135i is listed to weigh 3438lbs.. and some say fully optioned, exceeds 3800lbs.

        My 4-door AWD Turbo Legacy has a curb weight stat is within 50lbs of that BMW, and I know for a FACT that the BMW is a much smaller car, dimensionally. What are they building the thing with? LEAD? There are only two doors and two driven wheels on the thing, for pete's sake.

        The car, like ALL current BMWs, is heavy to the point of being puzzling compared to the car's size and dimensional volume. And putting a fastback hatch on the thing is not going to make the difference in weight, as there is something else going on with the skyrocketing weight of modern BMW cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You complain about weight but you want a liftback. You compare outward visibility to a camaro are you serious? Have you driven one? I'm not a fan of the front end on this car but I like the overall styling especially the wide fenders.
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