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Spy Photos: 2012 BMW M1 revealed more than ever

Featured Posts, Spy Photos | February 13th, 2010 by 18
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Despite any official acknowledgment from BMW, our sources close to the brand place the BMW M1 Concept on the floors at the Geneva Motor Show …

Spy Photos: 2012 BMW M1 revealed more than ever

Despite any official acknowledgment from BMW, our sources close to the brand place the BMW M1 Concept on the floors at the Geneva Motor Show in March. In the mean time, winter testing continues and the spy photographers over at SportAuto Online have spotted a test mule during one of the driving sessions.

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.

The M1 will differ from the standard 1 Series Coupe with a more muscular appearance, especially at the front-end which receives a trapezoid grille flanked by two intakes that allow air to cool the six piston brakes. The larger front grille also allows air into the high performance intercooler. The M1 headlights follow the typical M look by having enclosed “eyebags” that emphasize the front of the car even more, providing a more sportier look than the standard 1 Series Coupe.

The rear-end has a wider stance with broader wheel arches to accommodate the larger track. The classic “Ducktail” appearance makes a welcomed return with the spoiler now integrated as part of the bootlid for a more cohesive look and additional aid for aerodynamics.

The rear valance/diffuser area takes its direction from the standard 135i, but with open ducts for aerodynamic purposes. The duct is separated by the typical M quad exhaust pipes. The roof of the car receives the M3 Coupe’s reinforced Carbon Fiber Roof to help maintain the lightweight concept.

The M1 will feature standard 18″ 5-spoke wheels with optional 18″ Competition wheels.

As we mentioned, the an M1 Concept is rumored to appear at the Geneva Motor Show and a final production model to be launched sometimes next year.

For more photos, visit SportAuto Online, but don’t forget to leave your impressions in the comments box below.

  • Shawn

    I positively love the staunch rear wheel wells – broad and muscular. I sincerely hope that the production version receives equally broad rear fenders lending the car a very intimidating stature. I’ll take mine with a 6 spd manual and the competition 18s. I hope they can get the weight below 3,400 lb.

  • Giom

    I still can’t believe this is actually happening… But why the old shape? Shouldn’t they have waited for the new shape? OK, ok, too far off, I hear your already! Maybe the styling tweaks will be enough to distinguish it from the lesser car. By the looks of it, it certainly does!

  • plaxico

    yupi,finally …..all the flight attendants and hairdressers are gonna drive M….
    im so happy

    • PakHo

      Your comment doesn’t make sense at all…

      • lennardt

        i think it’s an 340hp-car, so it will still be a bit to expensive for hairdressers and flight attendants.

  • E92

    I think plaxico meant to say that because the 1 series is a girly car, which it definitely does look it.

  • viper

    why wait another year for this?

  • L1ndja

    This is screwed up . I mean its going to be 2011 when this car will hit the road ? After 6-7years in its lifecycle..
    bmw should have released this in 2008-09 and not play around like this ..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    wtf next year ! stupid decision..so new 1 series will come before the ˝new˝ old model m1 series…i thought at geneva we should see production model,we have already saw the concept…??whats up with that…?
    the car from the picture does not resemble the description below,so its not ˝reveling˝ anything,its just testing car or whatever…?

  • T.

    “wtf next year ! stupid decision..so new 1 series will come before the ˝new˝ old model m1 series…i thought at geneva we should see production model,we have already saw the concept…??whats up with that…?”

    European 1er Sporthatch (F20) is replaced next summer prior to it’s World Premiere at the IAA in Sept 2011. 1er Sporthatch 3dr (F21) will arrive in 2012, Next generation 1er coupe is not introduced until 2013.
    BMW M1 Coupe will allow the transition to the introduction of the F22 Coupe in 2013. (F22) M1 will not arrive until 2014.
    BMW see the M1 as the grand finale for the E82 in respect something similar has already occurred with BMW regarding the E86 Z4 Coupe it was introduced in January 2006 before being discontinued in mid 2008. BMW will do the exact thing with the M1. The Z4/Z4M Coupe models did make significant results to the Z4 sales and BMW are hoping for something similar with the M1.
    Incidentally the engine being seen under the M1 will also be seen in the next generation M3 Coupe (F32) although Output will be up as will as power it wont be speciifcally capped as the M1 will be to stop outgunning the present M3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

      if you look at it that way…it make sense,sort of …but it would be far better decision if the sales start this year.but cause the arriving of the f20 match to the arriving of the ˝old˝ m1 i hope we’ll see a lot of sharping to the m1…

  • okeribok

    I’m missing a power bulge…

    • bmwm6

      yeah its also missing on the x5m/x6m
      strange how the hybrid x6 has a power bulge

      wait the m3 is the only bmw m with a power bulge thats strange i had an impression it was on all m’s

  • viper

    they should release this car this year , period.it be be good for sales while people are still fired up for this

  • Lou

    I find the comments on the timing of the M1 introduction interesting. It seems that many people are under the impression that new model introduction is simply a matter of choice. In fact all car makers are under the same budget, engineering, testing, and certification constraints. If a company could bring a sure winner and profit maker to market sooner they would.

    • wazon8

      You’re right, they started to testing this car only 6 months ago, if I’m right.

  • JP

    I had heard previously that this 1-series M was to have a turbocharged 4-cylinder, which probably would have been preferable if it could allow the weight to be kept down — as could a tuned-up NA 6-cyl. But now they say it’s the same, overly complicated, overly heavy twin scroll 6. Higher cost, same performance, less fun. I was very interested in this car, but now I think I will wait and see how the 2012 RX-7 compares. At least to the press Mazda tends to foam at the mouth about keeping weight down, so there is some promise there. Nonetheless, I still like this 1-series M a lot. I hope it can recapture some of the spirit of previous M3′s, before they became bloated.

  • Donnie

    Can’t wait! Why don’t they just give us the damn car already! Also using this car type in my new book that I’m writing. But anyways….I still can’t wait any longer, I seriously what a new car like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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