Autocar UK returns with some new information on the rumored BMW 1 Series Supersports, an “M-like” model that will be placed below the M3. According to sources close to the magazine, the new car has been favored over a highly-awaited BMW supercar.
As we reported several times in the past, the “Supersports” model is based on the next generation 1 Series, more exactly, on the 135i Coupe. The car would compete with the Audi S3 and the UK pricing is rumored to start around £32,000.
An M division source somewhat confirms our previous statements: BMW needs to offer a new car for its enthusiasts, something that will replace the so-missed M1. With them moving towards smaller, more efficient cars, it is only wise to develop a super sporty car based on a 1 Series platform.
“We’re conscious that our existing customers are gravitating towards larger and more expensive models such as the X5/X6 M,” said an M division source. “We’re looking at ways to attract new customers to the brand, and an entry-level model is part of those plans.”
The newly appointed M Division boss, Dr. Kay Segler is said to be the biggest admirer of this project. In his past at MINI, Dr. Segler oversaw the Coopers and Cooper S Works development.
The 1 Series SuperSport will differentiate from the regular BMW 135i with the Performance Package, by adding upgraded performance parts. The Supersport will be limited to the Coupe body style and it will use lightweight materials, such as Carbon Fiber Roof, hood or bootlid, lightweight glass.
BMW 135i SuperSports will be powered by a tuned up version of the many times award winning 6 cylinder twin-turbo engine. Autocar hints at around 330 horsepower, but we certainly know that the turbocharged 3.0 liter engine has even more potential.
Autocar’s source also touched on the “touchy” subject of a future BMW supercar, a debate that has been going on in the BMW community for quite some time now. “Such a project would fit nicely with our operations and would be greatly accepted by the engineers. But the priority right now is a more affordable model underneath the M3.”
Disappointing? Maybe, but we won’t read much into it. BMW’s latest Vision Concept showed us what the “future supercar” could look like.
[Source: Autocar ]