Rumors: BMW M1 not happening, 135is instead?

Featured Posts, Rumors | March 5th, 2010 by 22
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Geneva Motor Show came and left, and yes,  BMW M1 or any other M product was yet to be introduced by the Munich automaker. As expected, new rumors are starting to flow in. Autoblog, quoting the fellows at Inside Line, came out with a new prediction: forget about the M1, look for 135is instead.

Many of you have already emailed us asking for inside scoop, but truth is that at this point, the car remains a total mystery. BMW has neither confirmed or denied the car, and its existence is still in the gray area.

Yes, information have been nothing but contradictory so far.

Let’s look at the timeline of these endless rumors and speculations.

First, last year, we learned that a BMW 135i Supersports model is in works, an upgraded version of the current 135i Coupe that will carry many M elements without the M badge.

Second, back in October, a 135i based prototype was spotted near Garching, the M Divisions Headquarters. Days after, the rumors of an M1 model resurfaced, with the help of BMW insiders, but also, aided by a report presented by Autocar UK.

Third, late last year, BMW introduced the Z4 sDrive35is and 335is, two upgraded models that sport M-like capabilities…without the M badge. While not true M cars, many consumers have seen these new models as being built for the enthusiast crowd.

Now, Inside Line quoting an anonymous source at the Geneva Motor Show, reports that “If we do something, it’ll be a 135is like we’ve done with the Z4 and the 3 Series”.

Ohh… and the source added a wink at the end.

We won’t make anything of these news at this point and we will continue to simply report what we hear without validating the rumors.

Truth is that at Geneva, there was no talk, no hints around a new M model, but that could be interpreted in several ways. The common sense also kicks in now and tells us that an M1 based on the current generation 1 Series won’t make much sense, but the dynamics in the automotive industry have changed in the several years and future vehicles are being planned and scrapped within months, so nothing surprises us anymore.

As always, we’ll keep you updated when we get something more solid.