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).
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
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 ]