Spy pictures show hot new 1-series coupe in testing around Munich

BMW’s M1 has started testing ahead of its launch next year, with this prototype of the hot baby coupé undergoing trials in the firm’s home town, Munich.

The existence of the M1 was revealed by Autocar earlier this year, and now these pictures confirm that the car will be based on the 1-series coupé rather than the hatchback.

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The car will use a modified version of the 535i’s 3.0-litre straight-six powerplant, but fitted with two turbochargers instead of one.

Output is expected to be around 350bhp, making the M1 easily the most powerful car in its class, while torque should be raised from the 135i Coupé’s 295lb ft to around 310lb ft.

That grunt, and a relatively modest kerb weight of around 1500kg, should ensure a 0-60mph time of around 5.5sec.

The car’s flared wheel arches, used to accommodate the M1’s wider tracks, are visible in our pictures, along with the modified front bumper with its larger air intakes. However, it doesn’t look like the M1 will inherit the current V8 M3’s bonnet bulge.

The car in our pictures is fitted with very large wheels and tyres — at least 19 inches in diameter — and behind the front wheels is a set of drilled brake discs.

The M1 is part of a drive by BMW’s M division to make its products more accessible and affordable. The performance arm’s boss, Kay Segler, is keen to broaden the brand’s appeal to younger drivers.

“We want to make M young again,” he said “and affordable. My sons would like to have an M, and when they’re 40, not 60. We’re going towards affordability and freshness.”

Seger also told Autocar that the M1 is a clear indicator of where the brand is heading.

Dan Stevens

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22 April 2010

350bhp 1 series coupe, nice.

other similar powered alternatives,

TTRS, 370z nismo, evo 360/400?

22 April 2010

Lovely idea (if not the turbocharging - although I understand the 3-litre turbo is a fabulous engine, with no lag, but turbos do kill the noise a bit), but I'm really not sure about re-using the M1 name. M135CSi, anyone?

22 April 2010

Agree with Rover P6 3500S- the M1 name should be reserved for a supercar.

It does however, look the business and IMO a creditible alternative to cars like the Cayman or 370Z.

22 April 2010

0-60 in 5.5? Conservative to say the least

22 April 2010

[quote bigsipt]0-60 in 5.5? Conservative to say the least[/quote]

Indeed, even a FWD car would do that with a similar power to weight ratio.
I'd say 4.4

22 April 2010

With box guards it would be a nice successor to the E30 M3.

22 April 2010

[quote bigsipt]0-60 in 5.5? Conservative to say the least[/quote]

Totally agree with you on that one - I stand to be corrected here but that is not much of a improvement on the current 135i - especially for a car that will be wearing the 'M' badge? Perhaps BMW have knobbled it so it is not in direct competition with 335i sales - which I find hard to believe as no-doubt the 135i 'M' will carry a premium price over and above the 335i for similiar performance. Is my reasoning flawed here?!

22 April 2010

Mmmm dig those big front arches! I wouldn't mind a bit of the bling like the Ti was pictured with.

22 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Lovely idea (if not the turbocharging - although I understand the 3-litre turbo is a fabulous engine, with no lag, but turbos do kill the noise a bit), but I'm really not sure about re-using the M1 name. M135CSi, anyone?[/quote]

What's in a name.

Noise can be tuned by exhausts nowadays. Anyway, ever heard an F40?

22 April 2010

And a cabriolet version? The only thing is, my experience with BMWs is that once you've added goodies on then it will be silly money - making a mockery of the claims that it is to be an affordable one. Watch it go into the sort of money for a decent boat!

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