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Report: BMW considering 1M CSL

1M, Featured Posts | May 18th, 2011 by 12
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A CSL version of the already spectacular BMW 1M? First rumors appeared back in December of 2010 when an unnamed source said BMW is always …

A CSL version of the already spectacular BMW 1M? First rumors appeared back in December of 2010 when an unnamed source said BMW is always looking at a more “pure car” for the enthusiasts.  A second report arrives today from the UK magazine Car Dealer in which the the BMW 1M CSL subject comes  back to focus.

According to an UK BMW product manager, BMW has not ruled out a CSL version of its new 1 Series M Coupe. The unexpected success of the 1M and low allocation numbers have driven a high demand for one of the most fun BMW Ms to date.

In the UK, two thirds of the 450 allocation are already sold with 300 of them sold prior to its official launch at the weekend and it looks likely the entire batch could find homes in a matter of weeks. Same magazine says that success has led the maker to look at other avenues, such as CSL, convertible and hatchback versions.

Report: BMW considering 1M CSL

BMW product manager James Morrison told Car Dealer:

‘There is scope for a CSL version. This car has certainly generated a buzz. When we planned for this car we were cautious, but now there’s some hype surrounding the 1M so there’s clearly going to be some people looking at what we can do next.

‘M is the pinnacle of engineering so if there’s a CSL proposition or something really different that we could consider then we would. If there’s something special and unique we can do with it then absolutely we would.

‘However, losing weight from cars is really expensive and the 1M fits very well at the moment at £40k. Whether it’d work as well at £60k just because it’s a bit quicker and lighter then I don’t know.’

In the US, customers continue to struggle finding an 1M allocation, but as we advanced in the year, BMW is expected to increase the allocation. It remains unknown if the 1M production will run past 2011 and well into next year.

Report: BMW considering 1M CSL

Rendering by Jon Sibal

Hat tip to Jake C.

  • Manny Antunes

    All I know is that if i purchased a 1M it would be Alpine White and I’d have those CSL stripes on before I left the dealer ;-) 

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Haha

      • T.

         We will offer some unique M applications for the 1er M Coupe including the stripes. It is why my color was changed at the last minute.

        • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

          We knew about the stripes, we actually broke the news in January when we
          said BMW will offer a kit that can be installed at dealerships.

          But I don’t think there will be a CSL, the car will cost at least $15-20k
          more and will need a new engine.

          • Jonsibal

            I still believe that if they do put out a “CSL” version, it will be just be a stripped-out, lightened version of the 1M, and maybe a tuned version of the engine it currently has without necessarily putting a new engine in it… similar to what they’ve done with the lightweight E36, CSL E46 and the E92 M3 GTS.

          • Manny Antunes

            $50K is about the limit of what 1M buyers are willing to spend for the current iteration. I don’t think there’s enough purchasers left for a $65K 1M. 

          • Manny Antunes

            $50K is about the limit of what 1M buyers are willing to spend for the current iteration. I don’t think there’s enough purchasers left for a $65K 1M. 

          • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

             Jon, the engine is at powerful as it needs to be, anything more than that and cars will be crashed. I don’t think they can save that much more weight on the car and no one will pay premium for some carbon fiber parts.

            Then there is the issue of 1M buyers and how they will market the new car and to whom. I would say no chance in this generation 1 Series, next one is possible.

        • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

          We knew about the stripes, we actually broke the news in January when we
          said BMW will offer a kit that can be installed at dealerships.

          But I don’t think there will be a CSL, the car will cost at least $15-20k
          more and will need a new engine.

  • Oneill3

    I don’t really care about a CSL version, I wish they would just produce more 1M so I could get one :(

  • T.

    There is more interest in maintaining the “longetivity” of the current car rather than create another new model.
    By introducing more visual and performance appeal would be more profitable and feasible , especially when the window for the 1er M coupe is short.   The 1er M Coupe Safety Car shows the ideas for a range of accessories for the after-market but with full BMW warranty. Although that is the tip of the iceberg.  As per the M3 , BMW will offer additional CFRP accessories to enhance the visual and performance appeal of the 1er M Coupe.

    They are looking at an additional 1er M coupe model which you will see on the streets very soon. But again in relation to this models lifecycle after the Coupe. 

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