One of the most exciting BMW models to come makes another appearance. The BMW M1 or 1M, as some sources hinted, continues its testing process ahead of an official release in late 2010, and it has been spied by the folks over at 1Addicsts.
Based on our inside sources, the E82 1 Series M model will not be taking over the “M1” badge, but rather use a new, unique label. Could it be 1M or 135is?
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.
The engine is matted to an M-DCT transmission, but a manual option will be offered as well.
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.
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.
The BMW M1 / 1M will sport the much-craved LSD (limited slip differentials).
A second Cabrio model is being considered as well.
The car will go on sale in mid 2011 and will fit between 1 Series and one of the higher-end 3 Series models, but certainly below the M3.