Monday, December 13, 2010

Mmmm, I'll have 1

BMW's little 1-Series is growing up fast. It just received BMW's badge of honour, the "M."
no it's not called the M1, because that is kept for the Original M1 Supercar in BMW's history. It's called a more catchy BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

BMW used the original 1988 M3 for inspiration. Which begs the question, what is the current M3 inspired by? Despite this, the 1 Series M is still bigger and heavier than it's Great Granduncle. It's also slightly bigger than the 135i counterpart, but about 35kg less

These weight savings are mixed with an uprated Twin-Turbo 3.0 Litre Inline 6. It pumps out an immense 335hp. BMW estimate that this engine will take the car from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

I think one promising aspect of the car is that it only comes with a 6 speed manual. In a world of bulletproof Automatics and Blistering fast Double Clutch gearboxes it's nice to see BMW leave those all out. It hopefully shows that this car is more a pure pleasurer, rather than a computerized speed hound.

They've certainly added to the looks too. There are more slits and curves in the body which overall improve the car from the normal 1 Series, but it's no design masterpiece. It somehow doesn't have the presence of the original M3. And the one in these pictures looks like it belongs with the cast Jersey Shore.

BMW hasn't said anything about prices. But expect to see it in dealers in the Spring.

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