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BMW 1 Series M Coupe limited to 2,700 units and only three paint jobs?

BMW 1 Series M Coupe limited to 2,700 units and only three paint jobs?

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe reveal really got people excited about the newest entry-level M car coming from the German automaker.

Now though, a new batch of rumors might upset quite a few people. According to an M3Post forum member who attended the Power of M European event, it seems that BMW will be limiting the production of the 1 Series M Coupe and will restrict the paint color options to just three choices.

According to him, BMW plans on releasing just 2,700 units of the 1 Series M Coupe, in order to keep it exclusive. These models can be had in either Alpine White, Jet Black or Valencia Orange Metallic. We’ve already seen the last two in spy shots and teaser campaigns, so there might be some validity to this.

BMW has yet to comment on these rumors, but more will be known perhaps at the upcoming Paris Motor Show or later this year when the company promised to properly reveal the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

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Video: BMW 1 Series M Coupe starts stripping down


BMW has started slowly hyping up the upcoming 1 Series M Coupe performance model.

This time though, we aren’t treated with camouflaged prototypes or other such things, but with a slow, striptease-like reveal, which will showcase different parts of the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe over a period of time.

The first parts of the powerful model have already seen the light of day. As you can see above, the impressive sports wheels and the revised fender do make an appearance. We’re also treated with the twin, dual-pipe exhaust system in the rear, as well as with a ducktail spoiler making its presence felt under the black wrap.

Hopefully the stripping of the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe won’t be slower than a snail, and we’ll get to see the full car as soon as possible. Check out a video of the reveal after the jump.
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Video: The BMW 1 Series M Coupe goes out on the track

Video: The BMW 1 Series M Coupe goes out on the track

Even though it was one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive industry, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was finally showcased last month.

Besides the camouflage photos, we also saw a slight video of the hot 1 Series tearing it up on the Ascari test track in Spain, with BMW M Division boss Dr. Kay Segler boasting the performance the baby M car will have.

In case you didn’t believe him, a new video has appeared, showcasing what it’s like to ride in the passenger seat while the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was driven on the actual Ascari track.

While it’s not as spectacular as the reveal video, we’re pretty sure the sound of the twin-turbo inline-six cylinder engine will be more than enough to deserve a view. So, hit the jump and see what the entry level M model can do.
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2011 BMW X3 M Sport package already revealed


After yesterday’s official presentation of the 2011 BMW X3 (F25), the Bavarian company has already decided to showcase the M Sport accessories package.

As you can see above and below, the M Sport kit brings all of the usual upgrades to the X3. First off, you can see a slightly more aggressive body kit, with color-matching front and rear aprons. The exterior appearance is completed by the 19-inch M alloy wheels, which are bolted to a lowered suspension setup.


On the inside, customers will get the standard three-spoke M steering wheel, as well as an M-badged gear shifter. If you have opt for the xDrive35i version, with the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, the M package throws in paddle shifters behind the wheel. Sports seats make sure to comfort the driver in those sharp corners, while new trim materials are available.

According to BMW, the X3 M Sport package will be hitting dealerships in the second quarter of 2011, so you’ll have a lot of waiting to do.

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BMW finally reveals the 1 Series M Coupe (video included)

BMW finally reveals the 1 Series M Coupe (video included)

At the end of last year, word got out that BMW would be developing a performance version based on the 1 Series Coupe model, set to wear the M badge.

As soon as the news hit, its name was rumored to range from the M1, 1M, 135is or anything in between.

Now, BMW has finally decided to pull the curtain off the newest member of its M family, the 1 Series M Coupe.

According to the M Division boss, Dr. Kay Segler, the M1 badge is very special to BMW, so it decided to use another name for what essentially will be the M3′s smaller brother.

No other official details were given by BMW, but there are still plenty of rumors going around the web. First off, the new 1 Series M Coupe might be powered by an upgraded version of the twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, currently featured by the 135i. It will be able to develop anywhere from 335 HP to 350 HP.

As you can see above, special accessories were also added, in order to make the new baby M car that much more aggressive. Enlarged wheels, a revised body kit plus a larger diffuser are all part of the new car.

According to BMW, the 1 Series M Coupe will be formally revealed before the end of the year, while deliveries will begin around the first half of 2011. Those from Germany or Austria that want to get a sneak peak at the new car, can go to the M-Power.com website, where they can register for the chance to win an exclusive test drive.

Those of us who aren’t from those two countries can hit the jump and see a video of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe in action, alongside commentary from Dr. Kay Segler. Enjoy!
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2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport package leaked once more


A few weeks ago, we were treated with a set of blurry brochure scans, depicting the M Sport package that will be available for the 2011 BMW 5 Series.

Now, thanks to the guys at 5Post.com, a batch of quality photos with the accessories package has been revealed.

As you can see above and below, the M Sport package for the 2011 BMW 5 Series does bring a few changes to the design of the new 5er. New lower air inlets, a restyled front bumper and new side skirts were added.


A subtle rear decklid spoiler also makes an appearance, completing the revised rear fascia, while an upgraded suspension setup makes the 2011 5 Series even more imposing. Customers can choose between two new wheel designs, measuring both 18 and 19-inches.

On the inside, the M Sport steering wheel is present, as is a set of unique seats. A few M badges also decorate the cabin.

Expect BMW to reveal the official details and pricing of the 2011 5 Series’ M Sport package in the following weeks.

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2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport package leaked


The 2011 BMW 5 Series is by far the Bavarian company’s biggest bet this year.

We’ve already seen the sedan in late 2009 and the new Touring (aka wagon) variant be revealed for Europe. Throw in the long wheelbase edition made exclusively for the Chinese market and things are already pretty clear.

Now, thanks to BimmerToday, we get to check out the M Sport accessories package, which will be available for the 2011 5 Series.

As you can see above, the package is showcased on the 5 Series Touring, but rest assured as most of its features will be making their way onto the sedan, that will be launched in the USA.


The M Sport accessories package includes a restyled front fascia, with a more aggressive look and enlarged air vents, new side skirts but also a rear diffuser. On the inside, you can find a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, as well as a special gear shifter and new options plus all the M badges you could want.

No word yet on whether or not mechanical or performance upgrades are included in the M Sport package, but more will be known once the kit is revealed by BMW.

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Future BMW M5 confirmed to get twin-turbo V8


While the 2011 BMW 5 Series is mighty attractive and promises to once again make people interested in the mid-size sedan, many people are still eagerly awaiting the premiere of the 2011 BMW M5 performance version, scheduled to debut later this year.

Until then, BMW M Division boss, Dr. Kay Segler, confirmed that the next super-sedan from the company will house the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, like in the X5 M and X6 M.

As you know, the naturally-aspirated V10 in the current M5 was heavily rumored to be retired for the next generation, so Segler’s confirmation comes to almost no surprise.

While the twin-turbo V8 currently cranks out 555 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque in the sporty SUVs, you can be certain that the Bavarian engineers are going to push it to its limits in order to squeeze out more and trump their rivals.

Are you eagerly awaiting the 2011 BMW M5? Share your thoughts below.

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Video: BMW showcases its M Power Meter iPhone app with the X6 M


I’m sure plenty of BMW fans were quite thrilled when we revealed that the Bavarian company has released an M Power Meter application for the iPhone, as it allowed drivers of either a BMW car or not, the possibility to chart their speed, acceleration, forward or lateral G and many other things, for free.

Now, the company released a promotional video, in which the M Power Meter app is running on an iPhone while a driver takes it and a BMW X6 M around the track. While he didn’t reach blistering speeds, it’s a nice demonstration of how the app works. Hit the jump to see the video.
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350 HP BMW 1 Series M car (M1) officially confirmed


After much debate, rumors and speculations, BMW’s M division boss, Kay Segler, came forward and confirmed that an M car based on the 1 Series, which may or may not be called the M1, will appear around 2011.

The new model will be powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which will receive twin turbochargers, taking its output to around 350 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque. The body will be that of the 1 Series coupe, with transmission being taken care of by a six-speed manual gearbox and an electronically controlled M differential.

Expect an M Sport body kit to adorn the outside, comprised of revised and more aggressive front and rear fascias, while on the inside, an even sportier look than on the current top of the range 135i (pictured above). Also, BMW wants to make the car as efficient as possible, so expect a brake energy regeneration (KERS) system, as well as an Auto StartStop function.

Overall, BMW is quite confident of this new baby M car, which will slot in under the M3 and, hopefully, attract new customers to the brand.

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BMW launches free M Power Meter iPhone app


In order to satisfy many of its customers who want to flaunt their BMW‘s performance figures to friends, the Bavarian company has just launched the M Power Meter app for the iPhone.

It basically uses the built-in accelerometer of the iPhone which can accurately measure the movement of the device. It then translates it to things like a 0 to 50 km/h time (which can be taken up to 200 km/h if you like), and even show you how much forward or lateral G is your body subjected while in your own BMW, M badged or otherwise. Those of you who want to try out this free application can check this iTunes link.

There are plenty of other such apps on the iTunes App store, but you can’t really beat the price of free. In case you have an iPhone and a car to test it out with (safely, mind you), be sure to come back and share your thoughts.

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BMW to create M model based on 1 Series, might bring M1 badge back


During these troubled financial times carmakers are looking to the lower end of the market and trying to create cheaper alternatives to their existing models. But even though you wouldn’t have pegged BMW’s M division for being tight for cash, a source on the inside has revealed that an M model based on the 1 Series, to attract people who aren’t familiar with the sporting division’s models will be made.

Set to be priced under the M3, the new model, which might just be named the M1 (although I have a feeling fans won’t be too happy with that), will be based on the 135i version, sporting a beefed up version of its 3-liter engine, which might produce around 330 HP, as opposed to the stock 302 horses.

“We’re conscious that our existing customers are gravitating towards larger and more expensive models such as the X5/X6 M,” said the M division source. “We’re looking at ways to attract new customers to the brand, and an entry-level model is part of those plans.”

This new 1 Series M model will certainly tackle Audi’s S3, and compete in its price range. It is also sustained by the current head of the M division, Kay Segler, which supervised the release of the Mini Cooper S and Cooper S Works, while he led the British brand from under the BMW corporate umbrella.

An interesting tidbit of information was also revealed, concerning the plans for an M division supercar, which would rival recent releases like the Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG or even the Porsche 911. “Such a project would fit nicely with our operations and would be greatly accepted by the engineers. But the priority right now is a more affordable model underneath the M3.”

What do you think about this new plan? Could an M-badged 1 Series model bring new customers to the Bavarian manufacturer and more importantly, should it be named the M1? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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