Report: BMW 1 Series M Car to Get 400-hp, Lower Curb Weight

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

An M version of the BMW 1 Series is in the German automaker’s product development plan and now we have more details about how the new model might just turn out. The top engineer at BMW’s M division has already said that a serious performance car below the M3 is a top priority and according to a report by EVO magazine this new M is likely to get a 400-hp version of the 135i’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six, making 370 ft-lbs of torque. The range-topping 1 Series would also get a version of the M3’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

In addition, BMW engineers are reportedly working to shave around 150 lbs of weight off the stock 1 Series platform. We expect a fully revised suspension setup, as well as some nice M interior components. EVO‘s sources say we should expect an exterior design similar to the 1 Series Concept tii (shown above).

As for price, it should slot in half way between the M3 and 135i, which would put it in the $45,000 range. The car should be on sale by 2011.

What we still don’t know about this new car is what it will be called. Typical BMW nomenclature would suggest M1, but as that was the name of BMW’s first exotic car, the German automaker is likely to retain its use for a top-level supercar that will rival the Mercedes SLS AMG. EVO also reports that BMW is working on such a car now!

[Source: EVO]

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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  • Floyd Young Floyd Young on Dec 31, 2009

    400 HP from a 3 liter internal combustion engine is advanced technology on the high performance edge. BMW has the expertise with inline six cylinder engines, bar none. What engine speed will be required to develope 400 HP? What rpm will the 370 ft-lbs of torque be developed at? I would like to see a torque curve for that engine.