BMW today revealed the 1 Series M Coupe, the car that fans of the brand have been waiting years for. This is a proper car for enthusiasts, its rear wheel drive, only available with a manual gearbox and will reach 60 in 4.9 seconds.
Under the bonnet is a 3.0 litre twin-turbo engine, delivering 340bhp. BMW claim itll do 29.4 mpg and emit 224 g/km of C02. The gearbox is a 6-speed manual, with no indication yet of an automatic option.
The M Coupe has larger brakes to deal with the extra power, along with a a differential lock and suspension units from its big brother, the M3.
Its a far more butch looking car than the standard 1 Series Coupe, with bulging rear wheel arches and a new front bumper with huge air intakes. At the back there is a small raised spoiler on the boot, a modified rear-bumper with deep slats and quad exhaust pipes. It will only be available in three colours, white, black and orange (as seen in the photos).
The interior isnt hugely dissimilar to the normal 1-Series. Theyve covered a few bits in Alcantara, added a chunkier steering wheel and fitted sports seaters.
It goes on sale in May and will start at around 40,000. Thats almost identical in price to the Audi RS3 that was released a few days ago, which is no coincidence. These two cars are competing for the same buyers. On first impressions, wed choose the BMW in a heartbeat.
Early Road Tests
A few of the motoring journalists have had the chance to test pre-production models of the 1-Series M Coupe. Though they werent trialling the finished product, their reactions give a pretty good indication of what it will be like to drive.
In general, they loved it. There were no complaints about the speed and it apparently feels very light and nimble. However there are a few questions over whether it will be worth the extra 10k over the excellent 135i Coupe.