BMW M Division Wants A 1-series M


The next BMW 1-series could spawn a full-house M-sport version, if M division boss, Dr Kay Segler, gets his way.

"The priority right now is a more affordable model underneath the M3," says Dr Segler.

Of course the 302bhp 135i coupe already provides quite a lot of sub-M3 high-performance fun, but a 1-series M could apparently either be aimed a little lower down, towards the Audi S3 corner of the market, or as a harder-edged, more focused alternative to the 135i.

Could it be too much to dream that this might actually mean a stripped-out, lightweight spiritual successor to the original E30 M3? Maybe, but hope springs eternal...

Power should come either from a massaged version of the 135i's twin-turbo or, more likely, from a high-performance version of that engine's successor, the new twin-scroll, single turbo TwinPower motor. Either way, expect a power output of around 330bhp.

And the name? There's one obvious choice, but we can't imagine BMW reviving the hallowed M1 moniker for anything other than a proper mid-engined supercar...

We won't find out whether BMW will come good on the 1-series M idea for a while, however - the new 1-series isn't due for a couple of years yet, and an M version would take a couple of years longer still to hit the showroom.

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  • adycav 07 Dec 2009

    'Kin hell you lot have done well to drive one already.

  • havoc 07 Dec 2009

    dom180 said:
    Fair point - I guess the mass market just wants toys and poke! They might sell more though if they widened the gap between M1 and M3 - if you can afford a 40k M1 a 50k M3 isn't so far away and thus they can't make the M1 too good...
    Deja-vu with the Cayman, n'est-ce-pas?!? Smaller, lighter car deliberately hamstrung to avoid embarassing its halo-badged big-brother!

    Cocks. frown

  • dom180 07 Dec 2009

    havoc said:
    dom180 said:
    Cut the price, cut more weight, major on feel and interaction rather than horse power, a N/A engine and a 30k price tag imho.
    But they wouldn't make as much profit per unit, and they wouldn't sell as many as most people with £40-50k to spend don't tend to want stripped-out "involvement", they want Pub-bragging-rights stats, peon-humbling straight-line pace, a nice badge and lots of toys...
    Fair point - I guess the mass market just wants toys and poke! They might sell more though if they widened the gap between M1 and M3 - if you can afford a 40k M1 a 50k M3 isn't so far away and thus they can't make the M1 too good...


  • havoc 07 Dec 2009

    dom180 said:
    Cut the price, cut more weight, major on feel and interaction rather than horse power, a N/A engine and a 30k price tag imho.
    But they wouldn't make as much profit per unit, and they wouldn't sell as many as most people with £40-50k to spend don't tend to want stripped-out "involvement", they want Pub-bragging-rights stats, peon-humbling straight-line pace, a nice badge and lots of toys...

  • dom180 07 Dec 2009

    adycav said:
    Anyway, back on topic...

    According to this month's EVO mag a BMW source makes the following claims about the likely new 1-series M:

    Tweaked version of the -35i engine producing an impressive sounding c.400hp
    7-speed dual clutch 'box, rwd
    c.70kg shaved from the 135i's weight
    Priced equidistant from the 135i and M3 (£29k and £51k respectively, so lets say c.£40k)

    Could be a winner.
    Or same old same old.... It wasn't long ago that M3s cost 40k.

    Cut the price, cut more weight, major on feel and interaction rather than horse power, a N/A engine and a 30k price tag imho.

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