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.
Insideline reports that there is no BMW M1 coming. This comes after the nonappearance of the M1 concept at the 2010 Geneva Motorshow, at which it was expected. Instead there will be a hopped up 135is version of the 1-series. But, BMW insider Scott26 maintains that the M1 is coming. Who really knows? Nobody but Rumplestiltskin!
Before this morning’s BMW Press Conference came and went, we had already accepted the sad fact that no BMW M1 concept would be making a surprise appearance. So why no M1 appearance? If a certain insider is to be believed, it’s because a higher-up at BMW recently drove and was disappointed by the M1 prototype, and has requested changes which the M1 concept is currently undergoing. Another reason is supposedly that BMW wishes to concentrate its marketing on products coming to market sooner than the M1 would.
Certainly BMW shows this car off soon, until then the photoshoppers will fill the void and give us wonderful takes on what the car could look like. Here is one based on the few leaked details we know about this car thus far.
What you are seeing here is the clearest teaser yet of the BMW M1 concept which is widely speculated to be making its debut at the 2010 Geneva auto show in just over a week’s time. Wide rear fenders appear on the M1 concept, as well what could be a vent or diffuser behind the rear fenders.
The upcoming BMW M1 will feature an impressive options personalization program for many cosmetic additions. Mentioned items include a full range of carbon fiber exterior parts. M-stripes on exterior (in different colors and placements). 18″ competition wheels in two different finishes. Multiple matte exterior colors and the return of Techno Violet !
Here is a render of the upcoming BMW M1 by a 1addicts member. Although it’s missing certain elements we’re sure to see on the M1, this render gives some preview as to how the car will look with aggressive M-style front bumper, front fender gill, carbon fiber roof, and wheels.
Here are some new higher resolution pictures of the very same BMW M1 mule that has been spotted before. We can clearly see the temporary rear wheel arches affixed to accomodate the testing of a wider track. The production M1 body will sport actual broader flared arches to fit the widened rear track.
Here are some exciting details on the upcoming BMW M1: More muscular appearance than regular 1-series, Trapezoid grille flanked by two intakes to allow extra brake cooling, Six piston brakes, High performance intercooler, Sportier looking headlights than standard 1-series, Small lip spoilers above brake duct inlets to provide extra air flow and downforce, The front wings of the car are massaged slightly to accomodate the wider track. Rear end is also wider. Standard 18″ 5-spoke wheels with optional 18″ Competition wheels (18″ will be the optimium wheel size for the M1), Signature M side vent, Broader wheel arches to accomodate larger track, “Ducktail” CSL style rear trunk (integrated spoiler), Rear valance/diffuser area takes its direction from the standard 135i but with open ducts for aerodynamic purpose, … CONTINUED