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New BMW 1 Series M Coupe due to arrive early 2011
Senior European Editor
The Auto Channel
Ronda, Spain July 9, 2010; On the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of BMW M3 models, the Bavarian automaker organized a gathering for a small group of journalists at the Ascari race track in the south of Spain. During the event I could drive all M generations that came out since 1985 as well as the stunning GTS.
Mr. Biermann told our group of journalists that, "the 135i is already a fast car, but we have to bring real M genes into the smallest model of M vehicle range.
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The basic structure of the 1 Series will be left untouched, but we expect its weight to be brought back by some 80 kg. The cars relatively wide track will suit larger M wheels with wider tires. The prototype sits on the same wheels and same size of rubber as the M3: 245/35 ZR19 up front and 265/35 ZR19 at the rear."
And that was it for the details, so for now we are still kept in the dark about the engine and the M1 other specs. Although earlier this year there were speculations about a modified six-cylinder twin-turbo engine delivering 350 hp. Insiders expect the acceleration figure from 0-62 mph to be just under 5 seconds.
The car will undoubtedly get the M body treatment and a M cockpit as well. We expect the concept of the M1 to bow at the Paris auto show at the beginning of October and the production version to be ready in time for the show in Detroit or Geneva at the latest.
In answer to my question about customer availability, Dr. Segler told me that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe
will hit the market in the first half of 2011 and but that will not be as early as January. I think it cannot be soon enough.