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Old 01-07-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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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:

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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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Old 01-07-2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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Any idea on price? Upper 40’s
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That's what I'm thinking. When comparing % increases among the 128 vs. 135 and 328 vs. 335 vs. M3, the maths say that the "M1" should cost in the neighborhood of $52,000. That's a bit high in my opinion, but still about $6,000 cheaper than the M3. In all likelihood I think upper 40s is going to be the price - maybe about $48,500-$49,500. Rip off if you ask me

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Old 01-07-2010, 02:25 PM   #6
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somehow i agree with this reaction
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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.
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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.
Herein is the problem with this car. Otherwise I like the idea and it would be a great car.
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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.
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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.
Sounds like you're jealous.
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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.
I completely agree. Nothing as ridiculous as kids driving around in a 3-something with stickers and stuff all over their car like this is the Fast and the Furious on techno.
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I completely agree. Nothing as ridiculous as kids driving around in a 3-something with stickers and stuff all over their car like this is the Fast and the Furious on techno.


You're 18 and have an AA Chipped 335, don't you...
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I completely agree. Nothing as ridiculous as kids driving around in a 3-something with stickers and stuff all over their car like this is the Fast and the Furious on techno.
lol i have never seen that before, but it would be entertaining.

i think it would be a cool car. i dont see it as them watering down the line when it is a small car with a m badge on it. I think the X6 m serves a purpose, it competes with other fast suvs. Just like the M1 will be competing with other small cars. I dont see the problem in that.
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lol i have never seen that before, but it would be entertaining.
He's mocking my sig... lol
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lol i have never seen that before, but it would be entertaining.

i think it would be a cool car. i dont see it as them watering down the line when it is a small car with a m badge on it. I think the X6 m serves a purpose, it competes with other fast suvs. Just like the M1 will be competing with other small cars. I dont see the problem in that.


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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.
Wait, I fail to see what is wrong with this. Isn't it just a natural progression? BMW is building powerful entry-level luxury vehicles and this is a bad thing?
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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.
Truly, I see this from a different perspective, I am 17. Seems to me if you want to have an older person driving around in the "performance model" you have to get them interested somewhere along the line.
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