Thread: M1 finally confirmed?
06-03-2010, 12:03 PM #1
M1 finally confirmed?
Was there any doubt? Now, to just get them to not use the M1 moniker...
In an interview with German webzine "Auto-News", BMW M GmbH's Managing Director Dr. Kay Segler for the first time officially acknowledged the Bavarian automaker's plans to introduce an M-variant of the 1-Series Coupe.
Segler did not give out any specific details on the sports coupe, but he did say that it will not carry the M1 badge as this name is reserved for the original model, adding that the M-prepped 1-Series Coupe will go on sale in relatively small number of copies in the second quarter of 2011.
It remains to be seen what kind of powerplant will motivate the M variant of the 1 coupe, though most bets are on an upgraded version of the 135i's 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six.
While he went on record to confirm the new M car, Segler has yet to reveal the chosen name of this enthusiast M model. Furthermore, Segler mentioned that the M1 badging will not be used for this new car, and that the designation M1 should remain attached to the original M1 supercar produced in 30 years ago.
The German magazine goes on by mentioning the name 135i M, a label that we have suggested before as well. Based on these information, we continue to believe that the top two choices remain the 1M and the aforementioned 135i M.
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