On January 10th at the Detroit Auto Show, BMW will introduce their new entry-level M car. Officially labeled as the 1 Series M Coupe, the “baby-M” is considered by many the successor of the E36 M3, the lightweight M that is considered one of the best M3s to date.
BMW states the newest M has been in development for two years (for the US market it means as soon as the 1er went on sale here, BMW was planning the 1 Series M). The chassis, compared to the 135i, is 77 pounds lighter, has a wider track (front & rear) and is just a tick longer. The car also foregoes the nominal sunroof for a 35 pound weight saving. The roof is all steel (no carbon fiber). Of course losing 35 pounds at the peak height of the car is a good thing.
Production of the new 1M will run for twelve months and speculations have already appeared around a convertible model as well. At this point, we continue to believe these are simply rumors and we will not see a 1M Convertible until the next generation 1 Series Coupe goes on sale in 2013, with the expectations that an M car will follow twelve to eighteen months later.
The fellows at Bimmerboost decided to go ahead and render how an 1M Cabriolet would look like, showcasing the usual characteristic of a convertible while keeping the M bodykit. Pricing for the new 1M will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show, but the most mentioned price point is around $45,000.