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      03-05-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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Arrow UPDATES on BMW 1M / M1 news, rumors, and speculation

There'll be an E82 M1
  • Dr Kay Segler, CEO of BMW ///M, told German Auto Motor und Sport in November 2009:
    "Currently, we concentrate on evaluating the feasibility to produce an M variant based on the current generation 1 series. [...]
    Usually, the development for such a car needs 3 years. But, we're planning to communicate the first details on the car around Christmas 2010
    with its market launch scheduled for Spring 2011
    ".
  • UPDATED: Road & Track citing a BMW source regarding a BMW 1 series M: "First, that 'there seems to be something to the rumors.'
    Second, it will happen during the North American coupe’s current lifecycle.
    "
    (see HERE)
  • Scott providing detailed information on the features and design options of the car.
    UPDATED: Latest information on the M1 from Scott can be found HERE
  • Mario Theissen, director of BMW Motorsport Division, when asked whether it's too late for an M version of the current 1 series:
    "Yes, certainly, it is too late, although you can always look forward to it… but I cannot talk about product plans for the future”.
There won't be an E82 M1
  • No appearance of the M1 Concept at Geneva 2010
  • Edmunds Inside Line Blog citing a source inside BMW:
    "'If we do something, it'll be a 135is like we've done with the Z4 and the 3 Series,'
    the source told us with a wink."

    Autoblog reported the same, but apparently cited this Edmunds report.
  • Different publications considering above mentioned spy shots to be early mules of the next generation 1 series
  • Mario Theissen, director of BMW Motorsport Division, when asked whether it's too late for an M version of the current 1 series:
    "Yes, certainly, it is too late, although you can always look forward to it… but I cannot talk about product plans for the future”.


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