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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