Why BMW is building an M version of the 1 series coupe, and not just a 135iS.
The need for a sporty 1 series car
Its been a difficult time for fans of BMWs 1 series coupe, the compact and agile whippersnapper from Munich. Why? News, rumors and spyshots filter through the internet on a daily basis, enough to overwhelm even the most dedicated BMW fanatics. Many of us have been left asking, "What does … CONTINUED
To date, weve only seen two test mules so far. The earliest one was the sedona red with chopped fenders to accomidate a wider track and wider wheel/tire combinations. From the exterior, the car was simply a standard 135i with the aformentioned chopped fenders. The second car to arrive on the scene is the now famous black M1/1M we have seen on the nurburgring which appears to have the final body work (under heavy masking of course).
I can’t get enough of the sight and the intense sounds of this car. Make sure to check out our complete BMW M1 coverage here: http://www.bimmerpost.com/m1/
Alpine325ci has done it again. This time he imagines the M1 / 1M rear view based on a recent spy photo and some clues from BMW insider Scott26. This render incorporates one of the most striking details previously hinted at — the X6M-like vents and ducts in the rear bumper. Check out the beautiful render inside.
Didn’t get enough of the BMW M1/1M clip from the Nurburgring yesterday? We bring you even more footage in this extended version clip. Over 2 more minutes of footage on and around the track!
Jon Sibal has again produced a stunning rendering of an upcoming BMW, this time the BMW M1 coupe. The M1 elements seen on this car (aggressive front bumper, hood bulge, side vent and skirts, flared fenders) look possible from spy photos and has been confirmed to be very close to the real thing by BMW insider.
As promised, here is the first ever video of the BMW M1 production body test car hotlapping the Nurburgring, as well as footage from near the track. The M1 looks fast and very firmly planted around the turns, with minimal bodyroll, as well as sounding terrific! Not enough? We will bring you more tomorrow!
These are the first photos of the BMW M1 prototype with production body performing hotlap testing on the Nurburgring in extensive chassis and handling. Previously, weve only seen the red prototype running on the track. We will have a video for you later this afternoon, so stay tuned!
The BMW M1 photo with advanced production bodywork was spotted storming the Germany countryside. Sporting the same bodywork as previously seen here, seen is a a more aggressive front end, larger fenders, a trunk-mounted lip spoiler, big alloy wheels and cross-drilled rotors appear.
Here’s an update from Scott on the BMW M1, including the naming/badging process, launch cycle, testing schedule, filming in Los Angeles, and social media marketing.
Spotted during testing on the Nurburgring today was the BMW M1 test mule! This test mule doesnt wear the more advanced prototype M1 body as we posted earlier, but is out testing powertrain, chassis, suspension, and handling properties. We also see for the first time what could be the carbon fiber roof.
Resident photoshop guru Gerald Alvarez has almost hit the BMW M1 design on the head with his latest beautiful render. So close in fact that BMW insider Scott26 thought that he was looking at official pictures when spotted Gerald’s latest M1 impression!
We just posted the latest BMW M1 / 1M spyshots yesterday, but Gerald Alvarez has already been hard at work photochopping the car based on the latest hints from the spy photos. He’s even added the M styling cues that are so far missing from the test mule.
Here is it folks! The BMW M1 test mule in its real bumper, widened fenders, integrated duckbill trunk spoiler, upgraded M wheels, large brakes with cross-drilled rotors, and other bits of M goodies!! Although the hood power bulge, quad exhausts, and M side gills are not yet apparent, these are cosmetic items which are simply not yet added to this early production test mule.
Has BMW M lost its direction? Seem so according to Kay Segler, chief of BMW’s M brand. He has recently let on that the M brand needs to shift directions – to make M young again. Segler’s goal “is to go towards affordability and freshness.” More inside.
Scott26 provides some sketches and notes to a BMW M1 vs. S1000RR commercial. It reads: In the city traffic a lone superbike (S1000) weaves in between the traffic it’s heavenly sound reverberating off the tall skyscrapers that surround the street…and the S1000 RR hits speed as it crosses an interchange, focus on the car that comes speeding through into view after the bike, engine roaring , performance at full visual , chases the bike through the streets of LA into the 2nd St Tunnel… THE … CONTINUED
Many sites are making broad proclamations of the M1′s life or death based on assumptions and statements from BMW contacts. Here, moderator southlight takes a closer look and breaks down the factors which backup both the believers and non-believers of the M1.
BMW inside Scott26 provides some updates on BMW M1 development (full info inside), including introduction & production timeline, pricing, convertible version, and more. Whether the information is accurate is for you to decide, but it’s certainly somewhat assuring to continue hearing M1 details.