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Video of future BMW M1 and a possible leaked photo

Spy Photos | January 21st, 2010 by 17
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The rumors around a future BMW M1 continue with a new episode that includes a spy video of a test mule spotted during winter testing …

The rumors around a future BMW M1 continue with a new episode that includes a spy video of a test mule spotted during winter testing and an allegedly leaked photo.

Along with the video, new information popped up on the web. The BMW M1, or whichever name will carry, is powered by an updated/upgraded N55 engine by the M Divison. The 1,500 kg M1 also features a high performance intercooler and the output is said to be measured at 345 horsepower.

At the front-end, the front bumper will be larger and more massive than any M-Package we have seen so far, and the usual fog lights are gone. The massive front bumper will allow air to flow for the High Performance Intercooler.

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Brake air ducts will provide cooling for the six piston ceramic brake discs and the M1 showcases two ducts on the bonnet, one for air flow and the other purely for cosmetic reasons.

Two air intakes on the front wings gives the typical M-look, with the bar that incorporates the side indicator light, placed now on top instead of striking through.

As any other M car, we expect to see wider fenders and wheels, plenty of carbon fiber elements and a visual appealing bootlid.

According to BMW insiders, the reason behind the M1 is not to completely focus on power, but rather build a car more entertaining and thrilling to drive than any other cars that will cost twice as much. M1 will be purely about driver focus and torque.

With the M3 positioned above the 3 Series, the M1 will fit between 1 Series and one of the higher-end 3 Series models, but certainly below the M3.

The photo above comes in a way to confirm some of these bold statements, but at the moment, we cannot verify the authenticity of this “leaked” photo.

Earlier this month, we introduced the potential BMW roadmap for 2010 and the Geneva Motor Show was listed as being the host of a new concept car. Could this be the M1 Concept? We shall find out when March comes.

Video of a prototype testing in snow

[Source: 1Addicts/Scott27 ]

  • andrew

    carbon ceramic brakes? thats good information. What about ccb in M3? :)

  • Shawn

    “the M1 showcases two ducts on the bonnet, one for air flow and the other purely for cosmetic reasons.”

    Yikes, this is not a Ford Mustang, please… no fake ducts. In BMW’s world, especially the world of ///M, form follows function.

    • Auday

      ditto

    • dustin

      The current M3 has a false duct on the hood as well. 1 vent goes to the motor, the other is just for symmetry on the hood.

  • viper

    1,5 tones? 1er M?…thats probably april fools….shouldnt that car be lighter?…the e60 M5 had around 1800kg and it is at least two classes above 1er…very very weird , told ya bmw is getting fat.

    • wazon8

      Man, you’ve got very selective perception of reality. Almost each car gains mass recently due to getting more and more electronics, safety systems and so on a board. But complaining that BMW’s cars enourmously got mass when comapred with other brands is just stupid. Just take a look on some of weight data of brand new MB E-class and BMW 5-er F10:
      E200CDi = 1720kg vs 520d = 1640kg
      E300CDi = 1825kg vs 530d = 1830kg
      E350CGi = 1735kg vs 535i = 1685kg
      E500CGi = 1830kg vs 550i = 1830kg.
      Morover, BMW 5-er F10 is a little bit bigger car, since it has 4899/1860/1464mm (length/width/height), whereas E-class has 4868/1854/1471mm.

      • viper

        hey man we are talking about 1 series , small dull fat car getting fatter with M badge , dont compare E class and 550 please , Merc was always a heavier car , past present future , its a safety issue because safety is their priority not performance like bmw….bmw 5 maybe bigger on paper , it isnt in real life , E class has a bigger appearance , very roomy interior too , same with 7series and S class , S class looks and feels bigger and heavier too

        • wazon8

          You talk craps. E-class W210 was one of the shittest car in terms of safety in its class. Not mentioning about A-class case with elk’s teste. BMW receive very similar assessment like MB in EuroNCAP and still retain performance in their cars. But breaking thing happen in your earlier post: you admit that MB is fat and that they don’t focus on performance, which is true even in AMG cars case.

          135i is heavy car due to pretty huge powerplant as for such small car. But its 1500kg is not so bad weight result. Such car as Porsche 996Turbo weights 1540 kg, is smaller and has similar capacity of engine.

          • viper

            ok dude. you are so right , bmw is much worse than I thought.

  • Marc

    Drool…drip, drip, drip…..LOL

  • ///M-POWER

    the viper died good-bye dodge viper or ex Chrysler!! m3 gts will weigh surely less than that Ci but c’ with this big block of 350ch it is another world will make 1.500 what will propel it well to of the capacity of competition eh eh eh eh

  • ///M-POWER

    expensive viper you know that in France ok Mercedes and in front of audi and bmw, in Europe audi bmw and Mercedes, but in the world c’ is BMW Mercedes and others….thus BMW is well the king in his segment of marks premium and the whole without SUPERCAR compared to the two other rivals as what BMW is the masterpiece

  • ///M-POWER

    the competition B-CLASS VS 1 SERIES is win by 1 series the B class is a shit big shit the class a it’s very more…….after you speak bad by the M1 asshole man

  • Auday

    at 1500kg it’s even heavier than the E46M3, the question is why? were the safety standards changed? is the 1 series bigger? or is it just that they don’t design lighter things with lighter weight materials?
    for me this is the second turn off after the N55 *M-modified* turbo. (reminds me of the S52 of the north american M3E36 which was the worst M3 engine ever).

    I would be all over this car if it has the S65 NA V8 (which is shorter and lighter than the N55 so it should fit better), and was in the 1300s KG range, lets say with manual seats and windows, and with some light materials inserted here and there. And of course if it’s not called the M1 which seems to be the reality as BMW is preparing people to accept it through magazines and blogs.
    The specs mentioned in the article above makes the car more of a 135is or just a sports package 135i plus some wider fenders and other body touches. M cars used to be much more than body decorations.

  • T.

    The specs mentioned in the article above makes the car more of a 135is or just a sports package 135i plus some wider fenders and other body touches. M cars used to be much more than body decorations.

    Please Read the following.

    According to BMW insiders, the reason behind the M1 is not to completely focus on power, but rather build a car more entertaining and thrilling to drive than any other cars that will cost twice as much. M1 will be purely about driver focus and torque.

    Power is not everything neither is having the most aerodyamics.
    A M car should look sporty but not be too ostentatious . It’s all about discreet pleasure.

  • Tavi

    To puts things in perspective here is something I wrote about the “weight” issue comparing the M3 with the 911. If Porsche KEPT it weight while adding electronics, noise and comfort features, I don’t see why BMW can’t.

    BMW M3:
    E30: 2,740 pounds, 192 HP, 17/29 mpg, L=171″,W=66.1″
    E36: 3,219 pounds, 240 HP, 19/26 mpg, L=174.5″, W=67.3″
    E46: 3,415 pounds, 333 HP, 16/24 mpg, L=176.8″, W=70.1″
    E92: 3,704 pounds, 414 HP, 14/20 mpg, L=180.3″, W=70.2″

    Porsche 911:
    964: 3,031 pounds, 247 HP, 17/25 mpg, L=168″, W=65″
    993: 3,064 pounds, 282 HP, 17/25 mpg, L=167.1″, W=68.3″
    996: 2,910 pounds, 296 HP, 19/28 mpg, L=174.4″, W=69.5″
    997: 3,075 pounds, 325 HP, 18/26 mpg, L=175.6″, W=72.9″
    (*)

    The M3 has gained a THOUSAND pounds over the years, and as you can see, Porsche has managed to keep the weight down during all this years even as the dimensions has increased like with the M3, and they have included all the goodies of power everything….

    Yes, the M3 is a more practical car since it has a real back seat and a trunk, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort by adding weight. Yes, Porsches cost more and probably some of that cost is because the use of light weight materials and more R&D, but I guess the price gap between the base 911 and the M3 has reduced a little on the latests models.

    Others can argue that the 911 has the engine on the wrong side, but for sure they are fun to drive. specially on the track and if you actually think about it, they shouldn’t handle as well as they do, specially later models.

    At the end I believe BMW’s ///M division has become more of a marketing brand rather than a “M”otorsport division like they used to be, at least for regular production cars and not competition itself.

    The E30 M3 was developed as an homologation special meaning the main objective was to be competitive in the late 80’s DTM in Germany, and so they were, it became one of the most successful and wining touring cars of all times. All the other M3s did not follow that recipe. FIA regulations asked for 5,000 minimum production and the there had to be a close relation between the street car and the race care in terms of specs.

    Yes, BMW is in for the money and not just for the pleasure of some of its radical customers like us, but for sure they can make money on the regular cars and ALSO come up with a better formula for the premium sport cars like the ///M series. The more people buying ///M cars, the better for BMW. ///M cars are one of the most profitable (except E30 M3) so BMW will be happy as hell if more people buy them, hence, ///M is now more towards marketing than to Motorsport. Heck, the previous owner of my E46 M3 was a lady who I’m sure NEVER drove it like it was meant to be, I’m sure it was just a symbol of status for her.

    Will BMW change the directions of the ///M brand ??, sadly, no. They’re making money with the ///Ms, and now we have a X5 M and a X6 M. In terms of numbers BMW made in 2008 50% more money with the ///M brand than in 2007. Also “The BMW Motorsport division has scored the second-best result in the thirty-year history, 24,186 BMW M vehicles were delivered in 2008.” http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/02/05/bmw-m-sales-up-50/ Ok, there was no M3 in 07 which might account for the increase but the 2nd best result in history ?, economic crisis ?, what crisis…

    Lastly, will I sell my M3s ?, maybe the E46, but I have an original Sport Evolution E30 M3 which is the pinnacle of those, this one I will never sell unless I’m bankrupt… Yes, if I had the money, I will get a 911, specifically a GT3 which the hard core one.

    (*) Sources: Roundel magazine, wikipedia

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