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.
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 ]