These are the first spy pictures of the hot new BMW 1-series coupe, which Autocar understands 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.
The heavily disguised 1-series’ identity is given away by its large alloys and large drilled brake discs. It’s also sporting a new spoiler and wider wheelarches at the front and rear.
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.
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.