Here are some updates on the upcoming BMW 1M — “1M” appears to be settled name for the new M-level 1-series. It is currently shooting on Lanzarotte, a Spanish volcanic island, but will shoot in LA later this summer. Look to AutoBild’s latest issue for a feature on the BMW 1 Concept M.
Its been a little bit quiet on the BMW 1M / M1 front in the last week, so here are so more spyshots to keep the juices flowing Word is that the cars will begin filming for its advertising spots soon (I assume while it continues development work in Germany and in US hot weather testing). In any event, take a peak at the pictures and enjoy.
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Shortly after BMWs victory at the 24h @ the Nurburgring, Dr. Segler, the director of BMW M GmbH sat down to give an interview with the German language publication Auto News, where he comes right out and confirms the BMW 1-Series M. He goes on to say the car will arrive in the second quarter of 2011.
Of course, for many of us forumirazzi, the existence of this car or the fact that it is a product of BMW M was never in doubt *cough http://www.bimmerpost.com/m1 cough*, but this is significant news in that its the first time a member of BMW has officially recognized the existence of this car, and more so that its coming from the … CONTINUED
Jon Sibal pens the upcoming M1 / 1M convertible, which has been said to be in the works and will debut after the coupe version. As with all of Sibal’s work, it’s an impressive and definitely plausible take on what the upcoming M1 / 1M convertible will resemble.
Any doubt that BMW is preparing to release an M version of the 1-series can now be put to rest. An M1 / 1M prototype with quad exhausts (a signature modern day M car element) has now been spotted. Until now, skeptics have pointed to the lack of quad exhaust as evidence that this is not an M1 / 1M, but some other higher performance 1-series version (i.e. 135is).
The M3 differential and control arms / links are also very evident in these photos.
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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 this all mean?".
Actually, comments have also started to sound like this, "It cant be a real M model, this must be a 135iS. I mean, BMW has already laid down a path with the 335iS … 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).
Its time of course to throw a third car into the pile BMW have thrown this new test car onto the ring that appears to sport identical bodywork as the black car (what we assume is the … CONTINUED
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.