BMW is carefully releasing information on the upcoming 1 Series M Coupe, in an effort to build as much publicity as possible. The car was conspicuously absent from the Paris Motor Show, except for the photos provided above. BMW is still not saying where the car will be sold, so we may be out of luck on this side of the pond. Hell, they haven’t even given us clear pictures of the 1 Series M, and we still have no idea when the car will go on sale in the EU.
Here’s what we do know: the car was inspired by the original M3, which was much smaller in overall dimensions and more of a hardcore sport coupe than today’s version. The 1 Series M will be powered by BMW’s N54 motor, the 3.0 liter, twin-turbo mill named in the recent class action lawsuit. It will have a minimum of 340 horsepower, and will be mated to a six speed manual transmission only. As the spy photos indicated, the car will be wider than a stock 135i; in fact, the 1 Series M will have a rear track over 3 inches wider than a standard 135i. The car is expected to be faster around the Nürburgring than the previous generation E46 M3, but not as fast as the current version of the M3.
Pricing is said to be between a 135i and an M3 in Germany and Austria; based on current U.S. prices, that would set the bar at roughly $45,725 if the car does make it to this side of the pond. Is that too much money for an entry level M car? We’ll find out if BMW decides to import the car to the U.S.
Source: Left Lane News