BMW 135 SuperSport Further Details Surface

Rumors | December 11th, 2009 by 6
BMW 1-Series Coupe Tii

Just hours ago, several automotive magazines published a rumored story on the return of the BMW M1. According to them and unconfirmed by us yet, …

Just hours ago, several automotive magazines published a rumored story on the return of the BMW M1. According to them and unconfirmed by us yet, a redefined M1 Concept will make its debut at the Dubai Auto Show next week. While the previous reports remain at the rumor level, a new one has just surfaced.

The popular and somewhat on-the-dot UK magazine, EVO, brings out more details on the past rumored and reported by us, BMW 135i Supersport, the 1 Series based car with M-like capabilities but without the M1 badge.

According to them, BMW’s Motorsport division is working on a sub-M3 model based on the 1 Series Coupe and powered by a tweaked six-cylinder twin-turbo engine producing around 400 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque. This will be mated to the new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox and is likely to drive the rear wheels through the M3’s trick differential.
First rumors of the Supersport model surfaced back in January when your very own BMWBLOG reported the news of a tuned up version of the award winning twin-turbo engine powering the upcoming model.

BMW 135 SuperSport Further Details SurfaceSources close to the magazine predict that other M-car features are likely to be implemented, including the M3′s complete suspension. The engineers are also working to remove about 70kg from the overall curb weight.

But here is where our reports differ from theirs. In the past, we learned that BMW will tease the BMW fans with an Supersport model based on the current 1 Series, a preview of what’s to come in the next generation 1 Series and the unofficial M1. EVO expects the Supersport to be based on Tii concept car displayed in Tokyo a couple of years back.

As mentioned several times before, there was and still is a debate over the name, many people within BMW are rooting to keep the M1 badge untouched, a symbol of a true supercar that might come in the future.

It is unknown when the 135i Supersport or whichever name will eventually take, might launch. And here is where EVO magazine deviates from their course, they continue down the M1 supercar path and mention that the new model will be available in 2012 and will be powered by both electric and high-revving gasoline motors to achieve sub-4seconds performance. To speculate even more, the drivetrain is said to be similar to the one in the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept.

Confused yet? We certainly are, especially after EVO throws the following statement at the end of their article:

M Division should have its own supercar built in three years,’ a senior BMW source said, ‘but we need to sell some cars first. That’s why the 1-series M-car is the higher priority.’

Alright, so let’s try again to shed some light here. The “real M1″ to be unveiled in 2012 and an M1-like, 135i Supersport, sometimes in the near future, but before the new model change.

Hmmm….confused much? We are too, but hopefully we will learn more shortly.

Full article at EVO UK

  • Marc

    Ok I need to stop doing any mods on my car as of RIGHT NOW….cause if a 1er sourced M-supsensioned(sp?) car comes out…I am going…no running to the dealer to trade mine in……

  • viper

    ridiculous as always is with the Bayerische Motor Werke , why not give us the real deal so that we know what and when to expect…the 1er whatever version needs some drastic changes in exterior , a major facelift or a completely new look , now it looks like a puffed up 1er , one of the ugliest bmws in recent history..even if called supersport with 450 or 500hp

  • Bryce

    If they make a 1er SuperSport then I suspect it will be the last offering of this version of the 1-series. I think BMW is pretty consistent about offering it’s most upgraded model right before a new version. For example, I think the M3 CSL always came out just one year before a new version of the M3.

  • Lou

    So why not call it the M135. Leave the M1 for the hoped for supercar and still have a real M car in a 1er. I think the 1 series is deserving of an M. And since we have X M’s and GTM’s and on and on why not a light weight 1er coupe?

    • Elgee

      U totally right !

  • :p

    It would be great if this car was $45,000 Tops, I would rule out the current Muscle cars detroit are making like the Shelby GT500, and the Camero SS in my list of potental cars.

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