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SmallJ92 01-07-2010 02:14 PM

BMW M1 Gets the Green Light
 
Over the last few months it’s become clear that the ///M Division intends to build an ///M car below the current ///M3. Through our sources we’ve been able to piece together most of what that car will feature; 350 bhp, reduced weight and a revised suspension will be the most important changes (you can read our entire report here). It now appears that Autocar is jumping on the band-wagon with some information of their own. While it mirrors what we have reported, they directly quote ///M boss Dr. Kay Segler and another unnamed high ranking BMW executive. Here’s an excerpt:

Quote:

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.

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.
Autocar also reports that the ///M powerplant that will motivate the new car is based not on the N54 but the new N55 twin scroll turbo engine. However ///M plans on fully reconfiguring the engine and will re-adopt the twin turbo set-up to create additional power and (just as important) torque. To us this makes perfect sense since ///M has already made a huge impression with the use of dual scroll turbos in the X5/X6 models and is essentially developing a motor that can be used well into the future.

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xtestifyx 01-07-2010 02:15 PM

:facepalm:

Bimmer^Hue 01-07-2010 02:19 PM

:excited:

mattcarle21 01-07-2010 02:19 PM

If they tighten up the suspension and make it handle better along with more power-it should be a beast, but on the other hand you can't fix ugly.

FTWeisse 01-07-2010 02:19 PM

:tsk:

It's enough to see little 18 year old bastards racing around in AA Chipped 335s - BMW wants to make this more appealing/affordable to a younger crowd. Great. So now we're going to have little kids racing around in 350+ HP, 3000lbs cars. 400+ HP if they get the inevitable chip. Cool story. :facepalm:

mmtr 328i 01-07-2010 02:20 PM

Any idea on price? Upper 40’s

m1356guy 01-07-2010 02:20 PM

why cant it look like the old m1?! :(

SmallJ92 01-07-2010 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by m1356guy (Post 11138647)
why cant it look like the old m1?! :(

Yeah, the name is pretty misleading. I forgot about the 1 series and was expecting it to look like the original M1.

M7MkII 01-07-2010 02:22 PM

why can't they bring back the 8 series?

kuksul08 01-07-2010 02:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xtestifyx (Post 11138604)
:facepalm:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bimmer^Hue (Post 11138635)
:excited:

I somehow agree with both of these reactions.

BeRzErKaS 01-07-2010 02:25 PM

throw in AWD and enough cabin space to comfortably fit a +6ft person with a helmet on and my wallet is yours!

Tremorz 01-07-2010 02:25 PM

bmw is acting like GM now and getting a little bit too ballsy, Chevy put the SS badge on any dam car, there doesn't have to be an M to every class :facepalm:

DILLA 01-07-2010 02:25 PM

beefier one series would be sweet!
but i think the M1 name should be reserved to when bmw comes out with a supercar.

Owtlaw333 01-07-2010 02:26 PM

They can't call it M1...

Tremorz 01-07-2010 02:27 PM

oh and the 1 series is pretty ugly

neil1138 01-07-2010 02:28 PM

It's a shame BMW is watering down the M line

simsima325 01-07-2010 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by BeRzErKaS (Post 11138672)
throw in AWD and enough cabin space to comfortably fit a +6ft person with a helmet on and my wallet is yours!

AWD? I don't know what proper M cars look like on your planet.

DILLA 01-07-2010 02:30 PM

pretty soon the M division will have SUV's out...... o wait.

Penguin Koolaid 01-07-2010 02:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FTWeisse (Post 11138640)
:tsk:

It's enough to see little 18 year old bastards racing around in AA Chipped 335s - BMW wants to make this more appealing/affordable to a younger crowd. Great. So now we're going to have little kids racing around in 350+ HP, 3000lbs cars. 400+ HP if they get the inevitable chip. Cool story. :facepalm:

Sounds like you're jealous.

Owtlaw333 01-07-2010 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neil1138 (Post 11138689)
It's a shame BMW is watering down the M line

I don't really see this as watering it down... the 1 is a proven performer :dunno:


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