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 |  Jul 09 2010, 7:30 AM

BMW has confirmed an M version of its 1 Series Coupe with a YouTube video showing the small sports car being rung out on Spain’s Ascari race track. No concrete details are yet known about the car but BMW M CEO Dr. Kay Segler says its so good that, “You will not leave the car. You will not give the keys to anyone else. You will smile.”

Officially called the 1 Series M Coupe (following the naming direction used with the X5 M and X6 M), it is expected to get BMW’s single-turbo inline-six engine making around 330-hp and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Other highlights are sure to include upgraded brakes, a stiffer and more capable suspension, not to mention a more hard-core dynamic stability control system to deliver maximum on-track fun.

But better than all this is the fact that you could be the first to drive the production version of the car once it debuts. If you’re interested (who isn’t?) enter by going to M-Power.com at the link below.

Enter to be the first to drive the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe at M-Power.com

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 |  Jun 07 2010, 7:16 AM

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The head of BMW‘s high-performance M division, Dr. Kay Segler, has confirmed what we had already assumed to be fact: that the next M5 will be powered by a turbocharged V8 engine. And much as the world speculated correctly about a turbocharged V8, we don’t exactly have to go out on a limb to guess that it will be a version of the twin-turbocharged, twin-scroll unit currently offered in the X5 M and X6 M. This is particularly exciting as we’ve heard reports of an X6 M lapping the track at the Monticello Motor Club with the same times as the current V10-powered M5. So just imagine how much faster a new M5 would be with that engine, minus the added weight and with a lower center of gravity.

Output on this new version of the S63 engine is also expected to rise, increasing close to the 600-hp range.

In an interview with German magazine AutoBild, Segler focused on the fact that the M5 will continue the philosophy of “Two Cars in One,” delivering a vehicle that is perfect for every day driving, while at the same time offering exceptional performance at the push of a button.

The next-generation BMW M5 is expected to debut at the Geneva Auto Show next winter.

[Source: AutoBild via BMWBlog]

 |  Jun 03 2010, 9:02 AM

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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]

 |  Jan 06 2010, 10:35 AM

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As of late there has been a great deal of discussion about the possibility of BMW adding an M-badged version of the 1 Series to its lineup and now we have confirmed reports that the model has been given the green light. The 1-Series M will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six engine, but with 350-hp.

This engine will differ significantly from the one currently found in the 135i. Instead, the 1-Series M-car will use a version of the new turbo 3.0-liter, which recently debuted in the 535i GT, which offers even more linear power delivery. Also scheduled is a more efficient intercooler setup. Power will be put to the ground via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and torque is expected to be rated at around 310 ft-lbs.

The car will slot in directly below the M3 in the German automaker’s lineup and is expected to cost around $45,000. In an interview with the U.K.’s AutoCar, BMW M division boss Kay Segler said that, “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.”

As for the rest of the car, weight is expected to be not much more than 3,300 lbs, which should help the smallest M-car to deliver a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds and be an absolute hoot in the twisties – and on the track!

Other highlights include 18-inch wheels, a revised suspension setup and a subtle M aero kit.

Along with being more powerful, the new engine is also more fuel efficient and thanks to brake energy regeneration and the possibility of a start-stop system, the more powerful model will use roughly the same amount of fuel as the current 135i.

BMW has yet to release official details on the car, but it is expected to go on sale in 2011.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Nov 19 2009, 1:10 PM

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The top dog at BMW’s M division is pushing hard with the German automaker’s corporate brass to get the go-ahead to build an M car based on the 1 Series. In an interview with U.K. car site, PistonHeads, Dr. Kay Segler said he is looking to build an M-car, based on the next generation 1 Series.

There’s no telling what this M-car might be, especially as the current 135i is already such an impressive performer with a serious amount of horsepower. That being said, it would only seem logical that an actual M-car based on the 1 Series would be a raw driving experience with a reduced weight. Dr. Segler did say that a more affordable model underneath the M3 was a top priority. One has to think an easy way to reduce weight would be with a turbocharged 4-cylinder.

With the next 1 Series platform reportedly set to spawn a long list of vehicles, from roadsters, to crossovers, there’s also a strong possibility of an M version of the (still hypothetical) Z2.

The only problem would come in naming the car, with the M1 moniker no doubt either reserved for a wild exotic (like the original) or retired to the BMW hall of fame.

[Source: PistonHeads]