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Rendering: BMW 1 Series M Coupe

1M, Featured Posts | July 23rd, 2010 by 14

Scheduled to launch in mid-2011, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe has already stirred up the BMW community and it announces to be the …

Scheduled to launch in mid-2011, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe has already stirred up the BMW community and it announces to be the prime candidate in the “Most enthusiastic bimmer of the 2000s” top.

After months of speculations around the naming convention and its existence, BMW recently announced the new M and also the final naming convention: BMW 1 Series M Coupe. While plenty of secrecy remain around the 1 Series M Coupe engine of choice, rumors have the engine as the same one as in the 135i’s – right down to the twin turbos. However, an engine remap and extra boost send power spiralling to around 350bhp. All that grunt in a small coupe bodyshell is contained by a limited slip diff and sticky 245/35 ZR19 and 265/35 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.

Engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox—no automatic or dual-clutch transmission will be offered, and according to first journalists to see the pre-production models, the manual shift suits the car very well.

Also based on these latest official teaser photos, rendering artist have begun to “redraw” the car.

Rendering: BMW 1 Series M Coupe

First one on line is our friend Andrei Avarvarii who draws the 1 Series M Coupe for TopSpeed. Featuring aggressive lines, an imposing front-end and wider side skirts, the 1 Series M Coupe maintains the “M DNA” and based on its short production cycle, 12 months, could become a collector’s item.

The 1 Series M Coupe began life code-named “Pyrat,” and after months of endless debates, the “M1″ badge has been taken off the table.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is expected to run $10,000 higher than the 135i Coupe.

[Photo: Andrei Avarvarii for TopSpeed ]

  • efoza

    Nice high design similar to the 5 GT.

    • JD

      Er.. what?

    • viper

      looks a little better than 5gt

    • Doug

      I think this was automatically posted.

  • jocamryn

    You and your silly 5 GT comments.. do you EVEN own one??!!!!

    ANYWAY….

    I like it…. too bad I’m not in the market for a compact sports coupe. It’s just too small for me.

  • mose121

    So the question is, does it have the same transmission as the N54 engines non M cars. All I remember is when the BMW Performance Power kit came out they had to dull down the manual cars stating that the manual trans could not handle more than 330 lb-ft. of torque. Which, everyone with Dinan stg. II software knows is simply not the case. If it can handle the 421 lb-ft. from the Dinan software and now the 1MCP, they really need to change the BMW performance power kit to be the same for both auto and manny tranny’s.

  • Alex

    Do want. If it will be as light as they promise, its a must have, at least for me.
    “Original” M-Coupe owner.

    • bob

      As light as WHO promises?

  • Bryce

    That’s a beautiful rendering, despite of the awful-looking wheels. I hope that all the hype will convince BMW to make a 1-Series M Coupe using the new 1-series design due out in 2012.

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

    I would love for this to be next to my Estoril… But sadly… WAY out of my price range right now. One can dream for the future. I have a feeling this car will turn out like the E36/7 M Coupe and the E30 M3.

  • txdesign

    Not those wheels please. Some nice CSL type version will do.

    • Jason

      Yeah agreed they are butt ugly. Well worst case scenario, can always get a nice set of CSL replicas. http://carassistants.com helped me find a nice set for dirt cheap for my 135i

  • 1mc fan

    Get the alloys on from the test mule, think they’re the same or at least very similar as the CSL and current M3 competition package alloys.

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