The highly rumored and somewhat confirmed BMW M1 makes its second appearance during a winter testing session.
The final name has yet to be finalized, but we believe the iconic M1 name will be restored due to its resonance and prestige. The 2012 BMW M1 is said to be inspired from BMW’s tii Concept revealed in 2007.
The new M1 is rumored to come equipped with a revised version of the N55 twin-scroll turbo six-cylinder engine producing around 345 horsepower and north of 300 lb-ft of torque.
As seen in these and previous spy photos, the new BMW M1 is based on the current generation 1 Series Coupe, but it features a wider track, unique M Drive differential and plenty of M1-like improvements.
The underpinnings of the 1 Series Coupe – MacPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension – will remain the same, but M engineers will introduce new suspensions, springs and dampers.
All BMW’s latest EfficientDynamics gizmos will be standard too, including stop/start, gearshift indicators, lower rolling resistance tires, on-demand oil and water pumps, a lighter air-con compressor and active aero.
Exterior design will get the special M treatment, deeper front spoiler, flared front wheel arches, chunkier sills, a rear deck spoiler and a deeper rear valance with four chromed exhaust pipes.
The decision to put the car into production has been attributed to an “overwhelmingly positive reaction” to recent customer clinics, according to at least one high-ranking BMW official. The demographic is said to be younger customers craving for BMW performance and the M1 will be the most affordable M in the line-up. It is also considered to be a direct competitor to the future Audi RS3.
Production is set to begin at the Leipzig factory in Germany and as we mentioned before, the new M1 will be unveiled in 2011.
[Source: Car Magazine ]