Car will be good for 350bhp and reach UK showrooms in 2011
3 June 2010

A hot BMW 1-series will go on sale next year, the M division's managing director has confirmed.

Dr Kay Segler officially confirmed the company's plans for the first time, adding that it will not be badged as an M model because of associations with the M1 mid-engined sportscar built between 1978 and 1981.

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Autocar understands the car will be good for 350bhp and reach UK showrooms in 2011.

BMW’s M division has been working on its entry-level model in a bid to attract younger buyers to BMW’s performance cars.

Power for the model will come from a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 350bhp. More than outright power, though, it is torque that is likely to play a more significant role in defining the new car’s character.

No figures have been released, but with BMW’s standard turbocharged 3.0-litre six already producing an M3-equalling 295lb ft, the newly developed M version of this engine should be good for at least 310lb ft.

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The basis for the new M-car is today’s 1-series coupé. Its driveline is likely to feature a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an electronically controlled M differential.

With a kerb weight of not much more than 1500kg, its straightline performance should be close to that of the 1580kg M3. A relatively short 3.15:1 final drive promises a 0-60mph time of around 5.5sec.

Fuel-saving measures such as brake energy regeneration and possibly a stop-start system should also ensure the new M1 is no thirstier than the 135i, which delivers 30.7mpg in six-speed manual guise.

Underneath, the layout of the 1-series coupé’s MacPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension will remain the same. However, M division engineers have set about altering the suspension properties, with firmer spring and dampers, and a new set of bushes.

It will slot into the range beneath the M3 coupé, and should cost around £38,000, £8000 more than the 135i Coupé M Sport. That means it will compete directly with Audi’s forthcoming RS3.

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3 June 2010

[quote Autocar]promises a 0-60mph time of around 5.5sec.[/quote]

who writes this guff? The standard 135i coupe does 5 secs for 0-60.

3 June 2010

[quote Autocar]a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox[/quote]

so not the seven-speed DCT as in the 335i? Who wrote this up? Stevie Wonder?

3 June 2010

Or you could spend £24K on a low miles BMW approved used 135i manual and £445 on a Superchips remap and have 360 bhp and 335 lb/ft.


3 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]Who wrote this up? Stevie Wonder? [/quote]

lol...


3 June 2010

[quote bomb]Or you could spend £24K on a low miles BMW approved used 135i manual and £445 on a Superchips remap and have 360 bhp and 335 lb/ft.
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New cars vs. used cars = apples vs. oranges.

3 June 2010

What happened to the lightweight 4 cyl petrol turbo idea with the engine well back in the frame? And a 6-speed manual would be just fine too. (Although those that wished could hang their designer man-bags on the flappy paddles I suppose).

PaulJ

3 June 2010

[quote bomb]Or you could spend £24K on a low miles BMW approved used 135i manual and £445 on a Superchips remap and have 360 bhp and 335 lb/ft.
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Which is near as makes no difference as quick as an M3.

Get the same tuning as applied to this 335i and then go...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SfjAKOUyZM

Myk

3 June 2010

Cause young(er) people can afford to spend £38k on a new car, and insure it...

3 June 2010

[quote Myk]Cause young(er) people can afford to spend £38k on a new car, and insure it...[/quote]

Insurance is a local UK problem. It might be very different in other countries.

3 June 2010

[quote Paul J]What happened to the lightweight 4 cyl petrol turbo idea with the engine well back in the frame? And a 6-speed manual would be just fine too. (Although those that wished could hang their designer man-bags on the flappy paddles I suppose).[/quote]

Seeing that many consider the 1-Series to be a gay or at least a feminine car I can't see the problem.

(disclaimer) I drive a 1-Series, have done so for 5½ years and am neither gay nor feminine.

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