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 |  Dec 23 2012, 5:29 PM

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be remembered as an amazing sports car despite being rushed through its development. Its successor however, will be built the way BMW wants a M coupe to be built.

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 |  Jun 20 2011, 8:17 AM

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German publication Sport Auto has taken BMW‘s 1M Coupe out to Nurburgring and has published the results alongside other track tests. Driver Horst von Saurma took the 1M to a lap time of 8:15 through Nurburgring, while hitting 1:14.1 at Hockenheim. The 8:15 is a respectable time for the 340-hp twin turbo coupe, making it seven seconds faster than the BMW E46 M3 and 10 seconds slower than the current generation M3.

To compare the 1M to its European competitors, Audi’s TT RS ran the Nurburgring in 8:09 while the RS3 Sportback did the Green Hell in 8:20.

At Hockenheim however, the 1M was barely faster than the M3, which ran a 1:14.2 with a DCT gearbox. The 1M’s time at Hockenheim also makes it quicker than Audi’s TT RS (1:15) and RS5 (1:15.3) on the shorter track.

[Source: BMW Blog]

 |  Apr 26 2011, 9:09 AM

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Track tests of the new new BMW 1 Series M Coupe are starting to take place and according to one of the most recent, the turbocharged mini-M is a force to be reckoned with.

In the latest issue of Sport Auto magazine the editors there managed a 1:14.1 lap time at Germany’s Hockenhiem circuit. That’s a tenth faster than the current M3 equipped with a dual-clutch transmission – making us wonder just how fast it could be if equipped with a DCT.

The 1M isn’t, however, faster than any M3, with the old E46 M3 CSL model still holding that title for the Mag around Hockenheim, with a 1:13.5.

GALLERY: BMW 1 Series M Coupe

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 |  Jan 15 2011, 10:03 AM

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After a buildup that lasted a year, BMW finally revealed it’s new 1 Series M Coupe at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, giving us our first chance for an up-close look at the latest M machine.

Using the company’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, the 1M Coupe makes 340-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque, plus an overboost function helps deliver an extra 37 ft-lbs. Using a six-speed manual transmission (the only one available), the 1M Coupe can hit 60-mph in just 4.7 seconds – meaning that if BMW does decide to also offer the car with a dual-clutch transmission, that number would easily be 4.5.

Pushing the M Drive button improves throttle response, while the M Dynamic Mode button limits the traction and stability control.

And while the engine numbers aren’t astonishing, there’s far more to the 1M Coupe than straight power, with the car weighing 77 lbs less than a 135i and several hundred pounds less than an M3. Handling is also improved with wider fenders to house the new 19-inch wheels with 245/35/19 tires up front and 265/35/19 tires in the rear. The actual track of the car has also been widened considerably, with the rear track 1.8-inches wider than stock and the front track 2.8-inches wider that stock.

Outside the sports coupe does take the M3 style a step further with a more edgy design and quad exhaust pipes, while the interior is typical M with sports seats, a thick steering wheel with M colored stitching and a few other accent pieces.

There is one down side to this new model, however, and that’s the price with BMW stickering the sports car with a hefty $47,010 tag.

 |  Dec 13 2010, 6:10 PM

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If you thought BMW had released all the details on its new 1 Series M Coupe last week, you’d be wrong. Marketing the car as a true enthusiast’s machine, almost all 1 M Coupe’s sold are certain to find their way onto a race track and so BMW has gone though the effort of testing the car on THE race track – the Nürburgring. The time? How about an 8:12.

To put that into perspective, that’s 10 seconds faster than the E46 M3, which is hardly surprising, however, as the old E46 only made 262 ft-lbs, compared to the substantial 332 ft-lbs the new turbocharged straight-six makes. Perhaps more impressive is that it’s as fast as the old Z4 M Coupe (another car-guy special) and faster than the 500-hp V10-powered E60 M5.

BMW will officially unveil its new sports car at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, so check back for live photos starting January 10th.

GALLERY: 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

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[Source: BMWBlog]

 |  Dec 09 2010, 11:07 PM

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BMW has just released full details and images of the new 1 Series M Coupe. That’s right, full details, not a partial reveal or choppy video, but the complete car – and there’s no shortage of pics either (see the gallery below).

Perhaps more important at this stage, however, are the specs – which don’t quite live up to the hype. Using the company’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, the 1M Coupe makes 335-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque, a few ponies less than the rumored 350-hp number. There is, however, an overboost function that much like in the Z4 sDrive35is or 335is, helps deliver an extra 37 ft-lbs, which was enough to help the 335is rival the M3 in many respects. Using a six-speed manual transmission (the only one available), the 1M Coupe can hit 60-mph in just 4.7 seconds – meaning that if BMW were to offer a DCT that number would easily be 4.5.

For maximum fun, hit the M Drive button, which improves throttle response, as well as the M Dynamic Mode button that limits the traction and stability control.

And while the engine numbers aren’t astonishing, there’s for more to the 1M Coupe that straight power, with the car weighting 77 lbs less than a 135i. Handling is also improved with wider fenders to house the new 19-inch wheels with 245/35/19 tires up front and 265/35/19 tires in the rear. The actual track of the car has also been widened considerably, with the rear track 1.8-inches wider than stock and the front track 2.8-inches wider that stock.

Outside the sports coupe does take the M3 style a step further with a more edgy design and quad exhaust pipes, while the interior is typical M with sports seats, a thick steering wheel with M colored stitching and a few other accent pieces.

BMW will show the car for the first time at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January and we’ll be sure to bring you plenty of photos of the new sports car then.

GALLERY: BMW 1 Series M Coupe

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 |  Dec 08 2010, 7:51 PM

As anticipation builds for the car’s official reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January, BMW has finally shown its new 1 Series M Coupe completely uncovered and from several angles in a new short video.

The car is expected to deliver 340-hp from a twin-turbo inline-six engine.

As is obvious from the video, the car gets some M3-inspired aerodynamics, but with an even more aggressive look and more angles – looking a lot like our rendering from several months back. Other items include some massive forged aluminum wheels, as well as big brakes.

See the video after the jump:

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 |  Dec 06 2010, 8:00 AM


With the official reveal of the 1 Series M Coupe just over a week away, BMW is already considering more versions of the small sports car to meet demand.

Initially BMW’s plan for the 1M Coupe was to limit production to just 2,700 units, but later reports have indicated the German automaker will build as many of the high-performance models as the market will accept – especially as this version of the 1 Series is set to be retired in the not-too-distant future.

Now, thanks to a source inside BMW, we’ve learned that a cabriolet model will be offered if demand for such a car exists. Better yet, BMW is also considering a higher-performance model along the lines of the BMW M3 GTS or CLS. (Could this be the version rumored to make 451-hp?)

The source, known by rendering artist Jon Sibal (who dreamed up his own special edition 1 M Coupe to share – above), commented that, “Reaction to the Coupe will determine the Cabrio’s existence as will the GTS/CSL type car.” That being said, we have to think BMW has already given both the green light.

[Source: JonSibal]

See another rendering of the 1 Series M Coupe by Jon Sibal by Clicking Here

 |  Nov 24 2010, 8:21 AM

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe might just be the most highly anticipated debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Numerous spy photos (many by BMW) have revealed much of what the car looks like and the type of equipment it will get, but there has yet to be any official word on the car’s engine.

Believed to be the turbocharged inline-six N54 engine, a leaked photo obtained by the folks at 1addicts reportedly shows that the car, code named “1 M Pyrat” will get 340-hp.

And while that’s hardly news to anyone, the list of data seems to also show that a U.S.-spec version of the car will get an astonishing 451-hp. That seems highly unlikely as the current M3 makes far less than that at 414-hp.

As unlikely as it is that BMW would give the 1M more power than the M3, it might give some credence to rumors that just 2,700 versions of the car will be built, making it one extremely exclusive and impressive machine.

[Source: 1addicts]

Check out AutoGuide’s rendering of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe here

 |  Oct 07 2010, 7:19 AM

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BMW‘s 1 Series M Coupe was a no-show at the recent Paris Auto Show – probably because it was out on the town. A selection of new photos released by BMW show the new sports car revealing just a little more of its aggressive bodywork including part of the rear bumper, exhaust pipes and aggressive diffuser.

Set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the 1 Series M Coupe’s design mimics that of the E92 M3 but with sharper angles and even larger fender vents. Plus, flared fenders make room for larger wheels, while a slightly raised hood hints at the power below. There’s no confirmation on the engine, but it’s expected to be a modified N54 turbocharged inline-six making around 350-hp.

BMW is expected to announce that just 2700 versions of the car will be produced.

Check out all the teasers in the gallery below or hit the jump to see what the 1M Coupe will most likely look like, thanks to our expert rendering.

GALLERY: BMW 1 Series M Coupe Teased in Paris

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[Source: M-Power.com]

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 |  Sep 13 2010, 9:40 AM

BMW‘s upcoming 1 Series M Coupe might be a more affordable performance car from the German automaker, but you’re not going to see them clogging the freeways of LA. Nope, this more affordable M model will be extremely rare with just 2,700 versions of the car being produced.

News of the limited production numbers have just leaked online along with a few other details about the car. For starters it will be a true enthusiasts car with only a manual transmission offered. And just three colors will be offered: Alpine White, Jet Black and Valencia Orange Metallic.

While other details about the car have yet to be confirmed its believed to mimic the M3′s aerodynamics, but with even more aggressive and angled sheetmetal. The front bumper will mimic that of the E92 M3 but with sharper angles, while the fender vents are larger than on previous M cars, helping to accentuate the flared fenders. The side skirts are also similar to those found on the M3, but again are more angular. Also of note is a slightly raised hood, black (Shadowline) kidney grille slats and a ducktail rear spoiler.

As for the engine, BMW is still mum on that aspect, but its believed to be a modified N54 turbocharged inline-six making around 350-hp.

We’ll get all the details when the car debuts at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

[Source: M3Post via 1Addicts]

 |  Jul 21 2010, 8:01 AM

When BMW recently released a video of its new 1 Series M Coupe, M Boss Dr. Kay Segler commented that we’d have to wait for it. Now it appears the waiting will end at the Detroit Auto Show in January. News of the official unveiling comes via BMW insider SCOTT26 posting on 1Addicts. Complete details will be given in December of this year prior to the car’s debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), a European premiere in Geneva in March, followed by sales.

As always, the Europeans will get their hands on the 1 Series M Coupe first, with deliveries taking place in the Spring of 2011, while North American deliveries will take place in the summer.

[Source: 1Addicts]

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