Another day and new rumors and buzz around the new BMW M1, or 1M as some refer to. Courtesy of LeftLaneNews and Jon Sibal, we have one of the best renderings to date.
The 1-Series based M model is due to launch in 2011 with a short production cycle and it is aimed at the core enthusiasts base.
Design wise, the M1 rendering outlines perfectly the core elements of an M car, aggressive front-end with large air intakes, wide bodykit, lower ride, M gills and larger wheels.
The new M model is powered by an updated/upgraded N55 engine coming from the M Division. 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. As any other sporty car, the BMW M1 / 1M will offer the much-craved LSD (limited slip differentials).
While the naming convention is still up for debate, the M1/1M is clearly a reality and despite rumors of just an “is” version, as seen in the 335is and Z4is, this is indeed a car built by the M Division and its naming convention and design, will need to reflect their core values.