Car and Driver was given a ride in the prototype 1M Coupe at the Ascari racetrack in Spain and shares that even in prototype form, it was almost everything they had hoped for. They were treated to a very fast lap which demonstrated the handling prowess of the 1M Coupe. Check out their experience.
Autobilds current issue has an exclusive on the 1M Coupe. According to Autobild, the 1M Coupe will feature 340PS, twin turbo N54 engine, 6MT standard (DCT optional). Note: these specs have NOT been officially confirmed!
Scan and translation by southlight:
Launch in June 2011 (thats for Europe I guess)
3.0l inline 6 with two turbochargers - same engine as Z4 35is
Flared fenders front and rear
New seats and new gauges (screenshot @ http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=406297)
19 inch wheels standard (GTS wheels, IMO)
6MT standard, DCT optional
Faster than the E46 M3
Around EUR 48k (for comparison, 135i costs EUR 40k)
Rather a little Gran Turismo than a race car
Great low revv acceleration, still quite comfortable… CONTINUED
The BMW 1M Coupe has been officially revealed and announced by BMW! See inside for preliminary details, videos, and photos. Expect the 1M Coupe to delivered beginning in first half of 2011.
The story of an exception: the BMW M3 is 25.
The anticipation began in August 1985. That summer Germany’s automobile magazines built up their readers’ expectations for the fastest 3 Series BMW of all times. The key data revealed a sports car that would punch way above its class: 200 hp, top speed in excess of 230 km/h, sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h inside 6.7 seconds. However, the story was that “the most dynamic BMW 3 Series drivers” would have to wait until mid-1986. The pundits were right on that count. But one prediction missed the mark by a mile: anyone who “wants to be in the A Team needs to be turbocharged under the bonnet”. … CONTINUED
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.
The official U.S. F10 5-series brochure / catalog is now available in electronic format. It features great info on the 5-series design and technologies and lists all standard and optional equipment, as well as some eye candy photos. See inside to download.
1-series enthusiasts gathered in Hannover, Germany over the weekend for a greet and drive. Check inside for a set of great photos of both 1-series coupes and hatchbacks.
We have reported a few times before on Paul Walker’s supercharged M3 and his love of racing - no, not a quarter mile at a time =) But this is the first good clip which demonstrates his substantial racing skills. Seen here is a race between him and a 650hp Mini CooperS.
A new BMW interface for controlling the iPhone and iPod Touch is coming! BMW will soon be utilizing the new iPod-OUT feature of Apples new operating system (iOS4) for these devices. Future BMW owners will be able to use the infotainment system to display and control iPhone/iPod Touch music playback features in the vehicles main display.
iPod Out enables BMW and MINI infotainment systems to display and control the music playback feature in iPhone and iPod touch in the vehicles main display. The on-board monitor in BMW and MINI provides users with the simplicity and … CONTINUED
We bring you the most revealing top-down photos yet of the F13 6-series convertible - a 640, as well as a top-up 640 convertible in a new color. The 2012 6-series convertible will have a traditional folding soft top (but a factory fitted optional hardtop will be available). Production of the 640 convertible will begin in September 2011.
Here is the BMW announced production schedule for the F12 / F13 6-series coupe and convertible.
March 2011 - 650cv
July 2011 - 650cp
September 2011 - 640cp/cv
September 2011 - 650xi cp/cv
Follow our full 6-series coverage here: … CONTINUED