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TiAgTouring 01-06-2010 11:51 AM

Details on BMW M1/ 1er tii

"A BMW 1 Series Coupe, tweaked by the company's M-Technik division, is reportedly under development for UK release in mid-2011. Destined to slot beneath the M3 Coupe, the smaller 1 Series Coupe is said to feature a modified twin-turbocharged six-cylinder packing 350 horsepower. The aluminum engine will be mated to a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with an electronically-controlled rear M differential. With a curb weight of just over 3,300 pounds and easily making more than 310 lb-ft of torque, the newest M-car will breeze past 60 mph in well under five seconds without breaking a sweat (for comparison's sake, BMW claims the 135i takes 5.2 seconds but publications like Car and Driver have hit 60 mph in the 4.7-second range)

The 1 Series Motorsport variant will reportedly retain the current car's standard MacPherson struts up front and the multi-link rear configuration, but the division's engineers have fitted firmer springs and dampers (and new bushings) to improve handling. Lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels complete the hardware package. Cosmetically, the so-called "M1" will wear an M division body kit with a new front spoiler, flared wheel arches, larger side sills, a rear spoiler and an aggressive rear valance with four M-signature chrome exhaust tips.

The name is still not finalized. Understandably, BMW is hesitant to quickly slap the "M1" label on the rear decklid as that name originally adorned the company's legendary road supercar in the late 1970s. Destined to become the M division's most affordable model, we really don't care what BMW calls it... just send it to our shores."


Edit: Article From AutoBlog

tesko.pk 01-06-2010 12:24 PM

That rear looks pretty dope!

TiAgTouring 01-06-2010 05:38 PM

As much as the DCT is an amazing gearbox...they need to offer this in a manual

cowmoo32 01-06-2010 06:11 PM

I really hope they offer it in a manual. It would be a shame to see DCT only


BMW's M division has started development of an M version of the 1-series coupé, set to be equipped with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 350bhp.

The new two-door, details of which were first uncovered by Autocar back in November, has now been added to BMW's stable of future production models, with right-hand-drive UK sales set to begin in mid-2011.

Artist renderings of how the BMW M1 will look

The decision to put the car into production has been attributed to an "overwhelmingly positive reaction" to recent customer clinics, according to at least one high-ranking BMW official. Aimed at attracting younger customers to BMW's performance cars, the new coupé is set to become the M division's most affordable model.

It will slot into the range beneath the M3 coupé, and should cost around £38,000, £8000 more than the 135i Coupé M Sport. That means it will compete directly with Audi's forthcoming RS3.

Revealing the plans for the new 1-series-based model, M division boss Kay Segler said, "I want to set a clear signal that our products are financially accessible.

"With the modular production processes in place at BMW, it is possible to create performance cars that customers can not only dream about owning but also realistically afford."

BMW is still deciding whether or not to call the car M1, a name originally used on the firm's legendary road racer supercar in 1978. Inspiration for the new car comes from BMW's tii concept, a sporting version of the 1-series coupé that was revealed at the 2007 Tokyo motor show.

While the powerplant in that car was never revealed, the new M car will use a revised version of BMW's latest turbocharged straight six. In standard guise the 3.0-litre unit, recently unveiled in the 535i GT, uses a twin-scroll turbo aimed at providing a more linear delivery of power and better fuel economy than the earlier twin-turbocharged unit used in the 135i.

For the new M car the engine will re-adopt a twin-turbocharged layout, although the new system is said to differ quite dramatically from that used on the older engine; it's likely to get a new turbo and a more efficient intercooler arrangement.

The modifications are said to be on a similar level to those seen in the recently introduced X5 M and X6 M, whose 547bhp twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 has big changes compared with the standard V8 versions used in the X5 and X6.

The output of the new M six-pot is expected to climb to around 350bhp, some 48bhp more than the existing 135i M Sport but 70bhp less than the M3's naturally aspirated 4.0-litre V8. More than outright power, though, it is torque that is likely to play a more significant role in defining the new car's character.

No figures have been released, but with BMW's standard turbocharged 3.0-litre six already producing an M3-equalling 295lb ft, the newly developed M version of this engine should be good for at least 310lb ft.

The basis for the new M-car is today's 1-series coupé. Its driveline is likely to feature a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an electronically controlled M differential.

With a kerb weight of not much more than 1500kg, its straight-line performance should be close to that of the 1580kg M3. A relatively short 3.15:1 final drive promises a 0-60mph time of around 5.5sec.

Fuel-saving measures such as brake energy regeneration and possibly a stop-start system should also ensure the new M1 is no thirstier than the 135i, which is rated at 30.7mpg in six-speed manual guise.

Underneath, the layout of the 1-series coupé's MacPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension will remain the same. However, BMW's M division engineers have set about altering the suspension properties, with firmer spring and dampers and a new set of bushes, along with lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels. "We're aiming to make it a lot more dynamic than the standard 135i," said Segler.

Setting the M1 apart from the standard 1-series coupé will be a typically subtle M division body kit, including a deeper front spoiler, flared front wheel arches, chunkier sills, a rear deck spoiler and a deeper rear valance with four chromed exhaust pipes.

Assembly of the newest M-car is likely to take place at BMW's Leipzig factory in Germany. alongside standard versions of the 1-series coupé.

But with 18 months to go until it goes on sale in the UK, Segler is remaining coy about projected volumes. "We're confident it will draw new customers to the M line-up, but in these difficult economic times it's impossible to say how it will fare," he said. "It does, however, reveal where the brand is heading."

Greg Kable

TiAgTouring 01-06-2010 07:51 PM

Nicce. Good info there. Right now I'd have a hard time buying a 135i. They are only about 200 lbs less than a 335i. But this....

is a whole new beast.

VillanovaGrad 01-07-2010 12:35 AM

i still have issues with the notion of driving a ONE SERIES

Comanche5 01-07-2010 01:41 AM

I too don't think that I could ever own a 1-series. Why oh why didn't they ever create this series or give it the same engines as the 3-series. Every time a company makes a million different models, less thought it put into each one.

bimmerfan08 01-08-2010 03:01 PM

I may have to reconsider getting the 135i when Im finished with college :idea:

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