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Rendering: BMW M1

Featured Posts, Rumors | February 28th, 2010 by 14
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Despite numerous rumors around a possible unveiling at the next week’s Geneva Motor Show, we have learned from several sources close to BMW that the …

Rendering: BMW M1

Despite numerous rumors around a possible unveiling at the next week’s Geneva Motor Show, we have learned from several sources close to BMW that the M1 Concept (or whichever name will carry) won’t make an appearance at the BMW stand.

Now that our dreams got shattered, at least for now, let’s continue our coverage on the BMW M1 with a new rendering. Harold Wood from 1Addicts makes an attempt at photoshoping a BMW 1 Series Coupe with some of the most common M-brand design elements.

While not shown here, we learned in the past that at the front-end, the 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.

Like the front end of the car, the rear is wider with a look that is reminds us of the transition between the previous E46 Coupe and the E46 M3. Broader wheel arches will accommodate the larger track and the classic “Ducktail” appearance makes a welcome return with the spoiler now integrated as part of the bootlid, for a more cohesive look and additional aid for aerodynamics.

As portrayed in the photoshoped image above, the rear valance/diffuser area takes its direction from the standard 135i, but with open ducts for aerodynamic purpose; the duct is separated by typical M quad exhaust pipes.

The roof of the car receives the typical BMW M Coupe addition of a reinforced Carbon Fibre Roof to help maintain the lightweight concept.

Two air intakes on the front wings gives the M1 the classic M-look.

The BMW M1 is powered by an updated/upgraded N55 engine worked on by the M Divison. The 1,500 kg M1 is said to output 345 horsepower.

The car is scheduled to officially launch in 2011, but we hope to learn more next Tuesday when the Geneva Motor Show’s door will open.

  • okeribok

    Will it have a powerbulge?

  • BMWM6

    I do not think it will have the powerbulge mainly because most ///M bmw’s don’t have the powerbulge on the M3 has it

  • Bryce

    345 horsepower in such a lightweight car is going to be awesome… I’ll always remember how impressed I was when BMW managed to get 333 horsepower out of the six-cylinder S54 engine in the E46 M3. Now the M1 is going to have 345!!

    • Tom

      Power-to-weight ratio will be a notch above the E36 M3 Euro-Spec.

  • viper

    its heavy and with only 350hp , dont expect miracles. I never knew this little car is so heavy , its like 3series

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055790044 Alvin Wong

      Hahahah…a Mercedes fanboy concerned with curb-weight. Now that is truly ironic.

  • max

    this car is waaaay too heavy!!!

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  • jocamryn

    It’s still only a 1 series. I’m not biting

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650530930 Mike Messer

    for everyone who thinks that this car is not going to be that fast, you should note that 0-80mph, a 135i zsp is faster than the e9x m3. if you’re wondering where my numbers are coming from: tests were done multiple times, by multiple instructors at the bmw performance driving school in spartanberg, sc (that’s what the instructors told me almost 2 years ago). this is going to be lighter than the 135i (not sure by how much) and more powerful… so this should be pretty damn fast!

  • wazon8

    It’s gonna be great car for sure and should have similar characteristic to m3 e46. It certainly will fill the niche consists of customers who are looking for something smaller than M3 e92. Looking at its rivals, 135M gonna be most advance car in its class eighter. I wish it was lighter anyway. IMO, it should be around 1450kg. Regular 135i (1560kg) seems to be a little bit too heavy, since, despite of being 22 cm shorter and 5 cm narrower than 335i e92, it weights only 40 kg less than the last car! I won’t complain too much however, since it’s obvious that BMW had to look for savings when building this car and applying greater numbers of light components wasn’t on a pair with costs reduction.

  • viper

    one heavy fuck

  • Gord

    The car looks so good with the white body and black carbon fibre roof.

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