Not long ago I had the opportunity to flog a BMW 135i Coupe around the streets of northern Pennsylvania. The car was an absolute hoot to drive as it was small, nimble and very, very quick. When first released the 1-Series was met with some opposition from BMW purists because from a price perspective it really was not much cheaper, nor was it that much lighter than a standard 3-series. For the past few months though BMW has been teasing us with spy photos of their upcoming 1 Series M Coupe, a car that promises to be everything the standard 1-Series is, but with a much harder edge thanks to BMW’s coveted “M” division.
From a styling perspective the new 1 Series M Coupe has been jazzed up with a new front fascia with integrated air damns and lower chin spoiler. The rear of the car now sports flared fenders, rear bumper splitter and quad-exhaust pipes. It’s actually quite an aggressive looking little bugger when you get right down to it. According to Autoblog.com, the little M-Coupe will receive a tweaked version of the Z4 sDrive35is, twin-turbo inline-6 which is said to pump out 340 hp, the same as the old e46 M3. Power will be put down through a traditional 6-speed manual gearbox. BMW is hoping that enthusiasts will jump all over there new little “M” monster, but with a chunky price tag of around $45k, that is something that has yet to be seen.