Car Magazine shares their first ride reaction of the 1M Coupe and they share/confirm some info, most notably: expected 350hp, limited slip differential, tire sizes, 7500rpm redline, DCT transmission unlikely, suspension from M3.
Here are some more pictures of the 1-series M, including the first interior shots. This is still the prototype, so its subject to changes, but so for we have M3 seats, M3 steering wheel and different gauges (not sure if the two-tone dials are here to stay). Fuel cutoff appears to be at 7,000 rpm. Contrary to some reports, you can also see a proper LSD.
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.
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.
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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