Video: Photoshoot with the BMW 1 Series M Coupe

1M | December 20th, 2010 by 5

BMW’s microsite gives us a glance on what went behind the scenes during the photoshoot session of the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe. …

BMW’s microsite 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.

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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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5 responses to “Video: Photoshoot with the BMW 1 Series M Coupe”

  1. jude says:

    Lap time quicker than the E46 M3 – impressive but slower than Subaru STI – unimpressive

  2. Doesn’t look like there’s a lot of body roll. :D The car is about the driving feel and experience, just like the soul of the old M cars. It’s not about being faster the the STI, although that would’ve been appreciated.

  3. John says:

    BMW may not yet build the fastest cars on the roads, but rather the fastest all day car, but oh boy if you want to see BMW beat big names such as Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes and Co, just look at how their M-Racing cars are doing, that says more than building the fastest road going cars.

  4. Jag says:

    out of topic, but I love that M5 Touring :)

  5. Artmic says:

    This car would have been nice, if they would have given it a modern front, it looks like something from the 2 generations ago on the 3-series.

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