Rumor: A BMW 1 Series with up to 400bhp might be in works

1 Series, Rumors | July 1st, 2019 by 2
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Despite initially denying a top of the line 1 Series M car, the bosses in Munich seem to have changed their mind. According to Autocar, …

Despite initially denying a top of the line 1 Series M car, the bosses in Munich seem to have changed their mind. According to Autocar, citing BMW sources, the company is preparing a four-wheel-drive four-cylinder 1 Series with around 400 horsepower which will go up against the strong-selling Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45, as well as the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R Plus.

The same report states that future hardcore M models will run one of three key BMW M petrol engines from a modular driveline family similar to the one in place at Mercedes-AMG. According to sources with knowledge of the plan, all future dedicated BMW M engines will receive a common 500cc cylinder capacity, with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, updated 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder and new 4.0-litre V8 set to underpin the range.

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The decision to base the new engines around a common architecture is claimed to speed up development and allow greater economies of scale in production.

So it’s likely that a new 1 Series M hatchback will be powered by the new 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, similar to what AMG offers at the moment.

The first and only 1 Series M model was the highly coveted 1M which is quickly turning into an icon at BMW.

2 responses to “Rumor: A BMW 1 Series with up to 400bhp might be in works”

  1. M T says:

    What will be the differentiation to an AMG or other brand hot hatch?
    The cars don’t only look equally (tough the BMW is not the prettiest), they have an equal powertrain, have equal power and performance numbers, an equal price tag and most presuambly they will drive equally because the supplieres are equal.
    The only differentiation which remains is designs and brand preference.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      Sure, like all ice cream or champagne taste the same. Didn’t realize BMW & AMG were using the same engineers & factories these days. Since design is subjective, wrong again.

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