Spy Photos: BMW M1 or 1M makes an appearance

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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 …

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.

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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.

More photos available at 1Addicts

16 responses to “Spy Photos: BMW M1 or 1M makes an appearance”

  1. Vaybach Khan says:

    no dual exhaust ? what about headlights?…maybe it will be only 135is…
    after all cool..

  2. Sincai says:

    Kinda heavy.
    Should be 100kg lighter.

  3. Shawn says:

    “two ducts on the bonnet, one for air flow and the other purely for cosmetic reasons.” This is an ///M car – not a Ford Mustang. Form must follow function – I really hope the fake air intake does not make it to production, it would really detract from the authenticity of this car.

    Otherwise, it looks beautiful, I love the muscular wheel arches.

    • Z3 says:

      one of the current M3’s air flow on bonnet is fake

    • Doug says:

      That’s exactly what the M3 has. The left hand duct feeds the intake, but the right one is just a hole.

      However… I agree with form-follows-function wholeheartedly and then some. It’s just that asymmetry sends me into hysterical panic attacks.

      • shawn says:

        Z3, Doug, you guys are right and it drives me nuts – it’s bothered me since they released the car. I honestly feel it detracts from the aura of the vehicle; thankfully the most sophisticated engine in world under that bonnet compensates for that error on the bonnet – enough that I still revere the car.

        I simply hope that BMW abandon using any “fake” air intakes on future models – it can only contribute to the prestige of the brand when everything follows a purpose.

  4. SaidSo says:

    “This is an ///M car – not a Ford Mustang”

    The funny thing is, right now the mustang with its thunderous and marvelous 5.0 is delivering great perfomance numbers.

    This M car for the price better be way way better.

  5. Auday says:

    the CSL rims make any car look great, … the wheel arches make a big difference though, it would be one good looking car.
    I would be all over it if it’s 150kg lighter and comes with a real M-Car naturally aspirated S numbered engine.

  6. Giom says:

    I, too, am all for the ‘form follows function’ philosophy. But BMW really shouldn’t be holding back on this car (that means the bean counters and pr ppl). Let the M guys do what they do best and make us a little monster to be proud of.

  7. viper says:

    its not an M1 nor 1M , its a 135is . period.
    345hp and 1500kg sounds 2001ish
    clearly visible fat rear tires show that the car is rwd , not fwd , so future 1er owners beware! switch the rear tires with front tires.

  8. T. says:

    If Benny is at the AMI for the World Premiere of the 5er Touring tomorrow 09/04.
    He can do a little prodding…

  9. Jimmy says:

    Viper, you are wrong. Why would they have a LSD wider wheel arches and possible carbon fiber roof as optional, crossed drilled rotors, if it was a 135is. That is doing too much when the “IS” is nothing more than a performance package. And all M’s carry a LSD, the reg models don’t. Everything points to a M 1 series (1M?), not a 135is, you offer no reasons for concluding it is a 135is.

    • viper says:

      foolish nonsense ! they are just playing with us , they want us to think that it is 1 M but it isnt , its not the first time bmw did that

  10. JImmy says:

    Then how do you explain away the red test mule photographed earlier with black fender extenders in the rear, CSL rims, and carbon roof, and apparently that same or similar mule doing testing in the snow? That doesn’t point to a 135is.
    Furthermore the latest spy pic shows a LSD, all non-Ms don’t have a LSD, so why put one in to “fool us”? You put one in to test…

    You still haven’t backed up your claims…

  11. Id like those wheels on my e90 m3

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