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BMW‘s M product boss Dr. Kay Segler has confirmed that the M-tuned BMW 1 Series will arrive in the Spring of 2011. Much discussed and repeatedly captured by spy photographers (often testing on Germany’s Nürburgring) the will not, however, get the M1 badge. The reason for this, of course, is due to the original M1 exotic – meaning that the M1 badge will be either retired or used only for an appropriate successor to the original.
Based on the 135, it is expected to use a version of the turbocharged six-cylinder to make a around 350-hp. Other upgrades are sure to include a stiffer and lower suspension suspension, reduced weight, some nice M aerodynamics and interior features plus a dual-clutch transmission and more track-oriented dynamic stability control program.
With a 2011 due date, we expect to see the M-tuned 1 Series shown at either the Paris Auto Show this Fall, of the LA Auto Show in December.
[Source: Auto-News via 1addicts]
BMW reps will be hard pressed to deny the existence of a high-performance 1 Series thanks to some new spy photos (and video) that have been captured of the uncovered car lapping the Nürburgring.
What is obvious from the photos are some M3 design cues, some big wheels (reminiscent of the M3 Competition package wheels) and who could miss those massive flared fenders out back – indicating some larger rubber is probably in order to deal with the added power. As for what kind of power this car might make, it’s anyone’s guess. The M3 V8 is most certainly not an option, so expect to see a powerplant similar to the one in the 335is, making 320-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque (370 ft-lbs for a limited time). Other items rumored to be included are a limited slip differential and an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It’s not yet clear if BMW will name this car the 135is or perhaps the 1 Series M.
See the video after the jump or hit the link below for more photos:
While some sources say a BMW 1 Series M is headed for production, the team at Inside Line continues to insist that no such car is in the cards – sort of. You see, rather than a super high performance M version, Inside Line says a to look for a 135is.
The 135is would get a more powerful version of the twin-turbo N54 straight-six engine with a tighter suspension setup and likely some mild design tweaks. In the 335is, the same engine makes 320-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque with an overboost function that will deliver short bursts of 370 ft-lbs of torque. We can imagine a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will be optional, as will plenty of M Sport goodies.