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      01-06-2010, 09:48 AM   #1
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Thumbs up BMW M1 to be unleashed by M division! (OFFICIAL confirmation from M boss)


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

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsAr...llCars/246235/



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LOL @ them quoting 5.5 0-60 for a 350hp version of the 1er. The 135 already does it in the 4 second range. I really enjoy my car and would seriously look into this once it is paid off.
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That pricing puts it at a 20% premium over the 135i. That means that a car equipped identically to my 135 (MSRP $46,350) would jump to $55,620. That's a HUGE nut...

That being said, I'll probably lease one when my 135i lease is up.
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Holy smokes. It's official with a ballpark timeframe. So, this will MSRP for north of $50K, right? Hrmph. Good news for a lot of folks, bad news for some of us '10'ers that just purchased...
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not too bad for us 09'ers aha, anything close to that minus the lack of shadowline will be phenmonial
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that looks awesome!
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"no thirstier than the 135i, which is rated at 30.7mpg in six-speed manual guise."

hahahaha. i know those are UK numbers, so more like 24 US. Mine currently dropped from about 20 to under 15 with the ECU upgrade.
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Not impressed.

How can the same people who dismissed the "Power Kit Upgrade" for our 135i be drooling over the new M1? For that kind of money is 350 hp that much more of an upgrade?
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350 hp isn't enough to justify that huge price bump, when simple mods can get you above that for far less.
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While I am glad to see the M divsion tweaking the 1er, I am not quite impressed with the preliminary explanation of the product.

- 350 hp. With the JB3 the 135 is easily at this level.
- M rear diff. With a Wavetrac unit, we can have LSD too.
- Bigger intercooler. Available through aftermarket for 135.
- M supsension. Throw some KWs on your 135.
- Aggressive front bumper/spoiler. Yeah....me likes!!!

Guess I am saying that most of these results can be achieved through bolt-ons for the 135 for about $5000. Bet ya it won't have the crappy RFTs. Surprised they did not mention any efforts to reduce weight from the current 135. If they could bundle all this together and keep it under 3000 pounds that would be a huge sell point.

That said, if I did not already own a 135 I would certainly be looking at the M1. Price we pay for being 'early adopters'.
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Why do you guys believe any hp number that BMW says? I mean come on now. You have a 36XX M3 blasting to 60mph in 4.2seconds and quarter in 12.5. There is more to these cars than pure hp numbers(gearing, weight, tech). I mean just look at how much damage that 265hp Audi TT-S did at the VIR Lightning lap challenge in the latest CarandD.

This car will haul ass. Dont forget that the M3 is rumored to get somewhat of a power bump as well.

I guess I should be prepared to hear "its not worth it" a thousand times. To each his own. Yes we can buy software and suspensions, etc. It's still not going to be an //M car. That's not to say you wont enjoy what you've slapped together. Priced from the high 40's and it will be a hit. It will also be the very first legitimate "M" for the 1 series.

I'm a numbers guy. I dont like doing things that destroy warranties on $40,000+ cars. I'd feel better doing it to a much cheaper car.

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Was hopeing for at least 400 hp and torque. The single turbo with a tune will be able to produce more horsepower though which is nice.
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A big question I have is curb wieght. Seems like the M cars can get fairly porky as of late...
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Keep in mind that it wont be powered by the N54.
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What people are also missing here is that the there will be a CF roof, flares, larger wheels, brakes, the ///M3 diff and transmission, steering rack and a bunch more that the after market just can't do, oh and a warranty.

I hear from readers all the time that ///M is for marketing and that the aftermarket can make a 335 faster than an ///M3- yet it still has not been done for the same dollar for a car that actually makes turns on a race track. JB whatever... it does not matter there is more to an ///M product than numbers and maybe that is why the lowly ///M3 is still faster than anything in that price point. If you want to drag- get a mustang, not a BMW.

This 1er is going to be killer.
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I probably will end up getting one when my lease is up
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I like it. I probably will trade my 1 for the M1.
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Was hopeing for at least 400 hp and torque. The single turbo with a tune will be able to produce more horsepower though which is nice.

This article implies that it will be a twin turbo.

I'm not thrilled about the power numbers either, at least not when you consider the asking price. Sure the car can be tuned, but at the expense of warranty, and part of the reason for buying an expensive car is so you have something fast and the peace of mind that goes with it being a factory stock engine.

At 400Hp, I'd be satisfied with it, and I'd leave it alone, at least during the warranty period. At 350Hp there's just too many other cars out there that are as fast or faster for a lot less money.
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what pisses me off is all that guessing.
why the fcuk cant bmw just spay FACTS instead of keep us guessing.
at least they could say there will be a M or not. would help me alot when it comes to planing my next purchases.
i mean wtf man, srsly
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"No thirstier than a 135." ......... This is because both cars with a bad HPFP consume the same rate of fuel.
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What people are also missing here is that the there will be a CF roof, flares, larger wheels, brakes, the ///M3 diff and transmission, steering rack and a bunch more that the after market just can't do, oh and a warranty.

I hear from readers all the time that ///M is for marketing and that the aftermarket can make a 335 faster than an ///M3- yet it still has not been done for the same dollar for a car that actually makes turns on a race track. JB whatever... it does not matter there is more to an ///M product than numbers and maybe that is why the lowly ///M3 is still faster than anything in that price point. If you want to drag- get a mustang, not a BMW.

This 1er is going to be killer.
A-FREAKING-MEN. Mods please close this thread! I have to remember that there are a lot of ballers on here that can afford to change all the aforementioned bits on a car they spent $40,000 on. If they decide it will carry the M1 moniker, they surely understand it has to be great.
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