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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.