Report: Head of BMW's Performance Division Pushing for 1 Series M-Car

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

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]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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