This is the new BMW 1-series Coupe, the next car to come out of BMW’s famed M Division. Just ahead of the launch of the M3 GTS (a stripped-out, track-focussed M3 with an enlarged 4.4-litre V8), BMW has released this teaser video of its next M car, the 1-series M Coupe
What? So it’s not an BMW M1?
Nope, that name is reserved for BMW’s legendary supercar, but it should still be pretty tasty. We hear there’s a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six under the bonnet, producing somewhere around 350bhp, and an M Division-spec interior, while this video shows off the chunky bodykit with a deep front bumper and four exhausts.
BMW would like you think of it as the successor to the original E30 M3. ‘All models grow, have more equipment features and options which can be freely chosen, says Dr Kay Segler, M Division boss. ‘Ultimately this is reflected in the vehicle dimensions, weight and price, too. This is why it is one of my most urgent goals to offer a small, affordable M model in the tradition of the very first BMW M3. We would like to reach a wider group, and at an earlier time in their lives.’
More official details will be released towards the end of the year, but expect a few more teasers before then. And BMW is also inviting potential customers to sign up at M-Power.com to be one of the first to drive the new 1-series M Coupe.
As for what’s next, Segler dropped hints at an anniversary M3 model, and in the second half of 2011 we’ll see the new twin-turbo M5.
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