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Spied again: BMW 1 Series M Model – 1M possibly

Spy Photos | June 8th, 2010 by 19

Recently confirmed by BMW M boss Dr. Kay Segler, the 1 Series M model continues the testing process on the Old Continent. If the naming …

Recently confirmed by BMW M boss Dr. Kay Segler, the 1 Series M model continues the testing process on the Old Continent. If the naming convention continues to remain an open item at BMW, Dr. Segler mentioned that the M1 badging will not be used for this new car, and that the designation M1 should remain attached to the original M1 supercar produced in 30 years ago.

The 1M model is based on the 135i Coupe and it uses an updated engine of the same car. Expectations are that the horsepower numbers will be in the 340-350 range, up from 306 horsepower found in the standard engine.

The 1-Series based M car will run in small numbers due to the short life-cycle(around 12 months).

2012-bmw-1-series-m-car-spy-shots_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.

As expected in an M model, it offers a more muscular appearance, an imposing stance that maybe not as flashy as the M6, but certainly more agile looking.

Here are some of the things that will define the 1M:

  • Six piston brakes
  • High performance intercooler
  • Slightly modified headlights
  • Wider wheel arches and fenders
  • Standard 18″ wheels and options Competition wheels
  • Small lip spoilers above brake duct inlets to provide extra air flow
  • Integrated spoiler
  • Rear diffuser with open ducts
  • M gills
  • Typical M quad-exhaust pipes
  • Carbon Fiber roof

If the initial spy photos were missing the M quad-exhaust pipes, recent shots bring out the typical M element.

The BMW 1M or 135i M or simply 135M, will make its debut in the second half of 2011.

[Source: MotorAuthority ]

  • james may

    i think this thing will be faster then an m3 in every day use i bet in will have faster in gear acceleration

    • Doug

      Perhaps, but the M3 will destroy it in acceleration when both are out of gear.

  • james mays mother

    shut up james you pillock

  • XC

    Based on M divison’s history, I reckon this car will be named “BMW M 135CSi” just like the 1984-1989 “BMW M 635CSi”. Just a tought…

    • XC

      thought, that is.. lol Tough decision, anyway….

  • svavuka

    WTF ??????? 12 mont life time???? i heave never hared that BMW engines were capable to live for one damn year. anyone got an idea what does it mean????

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588340695 Ted Spahr

      I think they mean a 12 month life cycle because the current 1 series is getting phased out into the new F30.

  • FreudeKing

    With the life of the current generation 1 Series coming to an end, why would the M department waste money on developing it to an M car?

    As for the buyers and owners, I feel sorry for you if you decide to buy one because it’d be old technology in less than a year and that obviously means devaluation. Unless, it is your objective to collect every single M car out there.

    • XC

      You just don’t get it…

      • XC

        Why would anybody buy an “old” M1 then, since it’s just old technology?

        • XC

          And I am talking about the original ,1978-1981, M1… just old technology, according to you.

          • FreudeKing

            AS I SAID, BECAUSE YOU ARE A COLLECTOR, THEN YOUR REASON FOR BUYING OLD TECHNOLOGY IS JUSTIFIED. IF YOU ARE DIGGING IN YOUR POCKETS FOR A PREMIUM SPORT CAR, IT MAKES NO SENSE TO BUY AN M1, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE OUT TO OWN 1 M CAR AS AN EVERYDAY USE CAR. MAKE SENSE?

    • Doug

      The M’s always come later and live past the EOL of the base model. I mean, you’d be right that an overlapping M from a previous, expired generation would be quite a bit less desireable (imo).

      • FreudeKing

        Exactly, imagine if you are the owners of this 1 Series M car and seeing your friend’s new 1 Series with a completely new (brand new, latest) technology such as dash, car electronics, setup, etc. Yet you are stuck with an old 1 Series based M car. It actually doesn’t matter whether it’s M or not as it is the old 1 Series.

        Have you ever thought of the E46 generation M3 as having a life after the E46? No, an E46 generation belongs in the yesteryears. It’s going to be the same feeling, E46 M3 and the E90 – the gap is just too big.

        • Lino

          Comparing E46 M3 and E92 M3 – no dough you are correct.
          But if you put the E46 against a E92 335i back when it was coming along you have a tough battle. In fact I might even prefer the E46. It is the same situation with the 1s, because there will be some time before the M division gets their hands on the next gen 1s and by then the 135M will be rolling.

          However it will be a dilemma for many, but since BMW are doing it probably there is a market.

          • FreudeKing

            I would choose a brand new 335i over any E46 M3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1340615839 Steve Greathouse

    One year? I realize that many car companies send old models out with a bang but in this case it’s hard to comprehend since the 1-series has only been here in the State for a year. I for one am crushed as I’ve been holding off buying a 1 until this M version is available, but now I’m wondering how much cooler the new model might look….ahhhh!

    So anyone heard anything about the new upcoming 1? (F30 as someone said above). Any spie pics of it? Should I get the 135M or wait….ahhhh!!!

    • FreudeKing

      The mere fact that the next 1 Series will be a completely new car, on which the next 3 Series will also be based and the fact that it will have a life of about 6~7 years from the date of launch next year should be a good enough reason why you should not invest in outgoing technology that has been around since 2004.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1340615839 Steve Greathouse

    “Spy” pics, that is…

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