If you're anything like us, the first half of that headline made you smile. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe was, without a doubt, one of our favorite cars from the past few years, and according to a BMW Blog interview, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, head of the company's M division, has confirmed that a successor is in the works.

"We haven't made a decision yet, but the 1M coupe was so successful, that in my opinion, I am absolutely sure we will build a successor," Nitschke told BMW Blog. Currently, BMW only offers the M135i version of the new 1 Series hatch in Europe, which Nitschke says is "not a pure M car."

BMW M6 Gran CoupeMoving elsewhere in the M range, BMW Blog asked about the M6 Gran Coupe that recently debuted at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The obvious competitors for this car will be higher-power versions of the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS7, but while both of those offer all-wheel drive, the M6 only sends power to its rear wheels.

"We will not bring an all-wheel drive, only a rear-wheel drive," Nitschke said in the interview. The main reason is that adding AWD means additional weight has to be tacked on, and even so, the BMW executives said that the car was developed to have specific handling and steering characteristics common to a rear-wheel-drive car. "I think it's perfect the way it is," Nitschke stated.

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      You limited the production to 1500 (IIRC), of course you're going to "sell out"!
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      As excited as I am to hear of a new 1M, I can't help but be trepidatious. As Top Gear mentioned, it was a parts bin car from M (engine from the Z4, bits and pieces from the old M3, etc.). I fear they're going to over-engineer the next version. Sure, it'll be faster and more comfortable and have 30 more driver settings, but what I really want is for them to make more of current 1M. Here's hoping it stays simple and fun!
      • 1 Year Ago
      as long as it has a LSD and lower weight (under 3200lbs) with ~350bhp, it should be perfect to me (did I just describe a E46 M3 roughly there?) too bad it's gonna be based on the newer 1er, which is ugly as balls with its pig nose.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perfect??? How is a 4,300 lb sports sedan that is so insulated it needs an engine noise generator "perfect"????
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      What's with all this GranCoupe bs...the 6-series is a 2-door car and will always be one to me. I think I'm the only one on the planet who thinks it looks better as a 2 door
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course it was successful, you purposefully made it a 'limited edition'. Artificial scarcity doesn't help anyone.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Both parts of that headline made me smile. In my opinion, there should be two kinds of AWD sports cars. The compact, turbo charged 4 cylinder ones of rally racing - and the elite, $200k+ super cars that have tons of carbon fiber and technology to compensate for its hefty weight.
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      BMW, please send over a 1 or 2 Series hatch with two-liter turbo!! Some of us would like a smaller, engaging driving machine with some practicality and reasonable MPGs. [I know they don't want to take away any MINI sales, but that retro flavor is a deal breaker for many potential buyers.]
        • 1 Year Ago
        Comments like that may be preventing them to do it. Elsewhere people know very well that MINI and 1 series are not even on the same planet, let alone in the same vehicle class. If you keep thinking they are somehow competing, well, then BMW has all the reasons not to bring 1 series here.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      M135i "not a pure M car" I like to think that the Dr. has two responsibilities, as head of the M division -- oversee the production of various real M cars, and prevent BMW from making "impure" M cars. He has done one of those things well.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If BMW makes a 2M convertible, and it looks like the renderings I have seen, I shall be forced to buy it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well since BMW says no to AWD performance (options) i will only be looking at audi porsche and mercedes my favorite german triplets
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