M division boss confirms the new 1-series M that will be a spiritual successor to the E30 M3
9 July 2010

BMW has officially confirmed the launch of the 1-series M Coupe, a car it hopes will be a spiritual successor to the original E30 BMW M3.

BMW M division boss Kay Segler said it was “an urgent goal” to create a “small, affordable M model in the tradition of the very first BMW M3”.

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When asked in an official BMW interview why there was no model in BMW’s range to match the original M3, Segler said: “All models grow, have more equipment features and options which can be freely choosen.

“Ultimately this is reflected in the vehicle dimensions, weight and price, too. This is why it is one of my most urgent goals to offer a small, affordable M model in the tradition of the very first BMW M3.

“This model will be based on the BMW 1 Series Coupé and also be focused on the essentials - the fascination of driving. And it will reflect a love of detail, too.”

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Segler confirmed the car would not be called M1 and would follow the lead of the X5 and X6 M models by using the M badge at the end of the car’s name.

BMW will reveal the car “before Christmas”, although a Paris motor show launch is likely to come too soon in September. The first examples will be delivered to customers in the first half of 2011, Segler confirmed.

He also said a new BMW M5 would be launched in the second half of 2011 and it will be a powered by the twin-turbo B8 taken from the X5 and X6 M models.

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9 July 2010

1350kg and 370bhp would do nicely! Eat that Audi!

9 July 2010

Shame it's going to be the two door saloon only and not the hatch.

9 July 2010

[quote Lee23404]

Shame it's going to be the two door saloon only and not the hatch.

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+1. Strange car the 1 Series, Coupe's a munter, 5 door ain't to sweet either but I love the looks of the 3 dr hatch, especially in white with big wheels and an M Sport kit.

Is near criminal they don't offer an M1 Hatch. Small light and outrageously quick and drop dead gorgeous. The perfect BMW.

9 July 2010

At last!, an "M" car for all tastes! hurrah!!!

Peter Cavellini.

9 July 2010

[quote Woigookin]1350kg and 370bhp would do nicely! Eat that Audi![/quote]

"the new M car is likely to be powered by the 335bhp turbo straight six found in the Z4 sDrive35is."

The audi RS3 is also 335bhp but has 4wd.

9 July 2010

The 2 door 1 Series reminds me of the 2 door Nova saloon...

9 July 2010

[quote Dimebar]

The 2 door 1 Series reminds me of the 2 door Nova saloon...

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+1. Not just me then.

9 July 2010

[quote beachland2]The audi RS3 is also 335bhp but has 4wd.[/quote] beachland, you didn't post all the details of the audi, so to be fair: Audi RS3, 335bhp, 4wd, lifeless steering, wooden handling

9 July 2010

What I don't unders

9 July 2010

The 1-series M Coupe would be an interesting car...I like the looks, it reminds me a '70 sporty car, like the Bmw 2002 ti.

But on the road will be nothing near to the E30 M3, the 135 weighs over 1500kg, with a diff and twin clutch box? Probably 1600 kg. The twin turbo in line 6 is a strong engine, but not a high rewing one like the old 4

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