BMW’s microsite M-Power.com gives us a glance on what went behind the scenes during the photoshoot session of the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe. Some cool drifting and in-motion footage makes us even more excited about the upcoming 1M.
BMW 1 Series M Coupe has been the attraction in the automotive world this month and certainly in the center of BMW news. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2011, with sales beginning in April. Official pricing has yet to be published, but our expectations set the price around the $45,000 mark.
The performance of the 1M around Nurburgring is quite impressive, with an unofficial lap time of 8:12, 10 seconds faster than the E46 M3.The 1M is powered by the N4 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 engine. For the 1M, the turbocharger, exhaust system, and ECU have been revised to produce 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, though up to 369 pound-feet are available temporarily in overboost mode. Redline is found at 7000 rpm.
The new 1M builds atop the 135i Coupe and it said to have the perfect balance. It is 71 inches (1803mm) wide – 4.8 inches (122mm) wider than its 1988 M3 ancestor – yet only 1.3 inches (33mm) longer at 172.4 inches (4379mm) long.
The new 1 Series M Coupe weighs in at 1,495kg DIN (3,296 lbs, preliminary), and features a 104.7-inch (2659mm) wheelbase, three inches longer than the 1988 M3. Front and rear track widths are exactly the same on the 1 Series M Coupe at 60.7 inches (1542mm) each. Compared to the 2011 BMW 135i Coupe, the 1 Series M Coupe is 0.2 inches (5mm) longer, 2.1 inches (53mm) wider, 0.5 inches (13mm) taller, and rides on the same 104.7 inch (2659mm) wheelbase.
Let’s have a look at the footage.
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