M1, no M1, this has been a game that we’ve been playing in the past two years. Initially, BMW ruled out the possibility of a new M1 model, just to recently return with tidbits of information regarding a Motorsport vehicle based on the 1 Series.
Just recently, automobile publications around the world were opening their morning editions with “M1 is back in play” headline quoting sources close to BMW, along with some teaser information mentioned by Dr. Kay Segler in interviews.
The rumormill churns again around a future M1 model, but this time, the 135i Supersports, the car we’ve heard being mentioned before, takes the centerfold. The current BMW 1 Series Coupe, E82, will still be the base of an M1-like vehicle, a teaser for the BMW fans prior to the real M1 coming to the market in the redesigned 1 Series.
The M1-like replica is in essence similar to the E46 BMW M3 CSL Concept, based on the current 135i Coupe, will differentiate itself from the standard model by adding upgraded performance parts. The vehicle will be limited to the Coupe body style and it uses lightweight materials: Carbon Fiber, for the roof, bootlid and bonnet, and lightweight glass. To further reduce the weight, the car will feature a stripped out interior.
Its name designation is yet to be decided, but BMW is looking into both the tii or Turbo badge, both relevant names to the history of BMW. Others names being considered are CSL and Licht Sport. The car will be powered by a tuned up version of the many times award winning 6 cylinder twin-turbo engine with around 330 horsepower.
For those of us waiting a real M1 car, BMW has something in works. Based on the next generation 1 Series F20 Coupe, the M1 model would debut in 2012-2013, and will use a four cylinder turbocharged engine.
We’re still treating these new information as rumors since a second source has not confirmed them, but with the recently increased chatter around the M1, we’re inclined to believe that something is in works.
As soon as we hear more, you’ll be the first to know.