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First Glimpse of BMW 1-Series M Coupe - Web Exclusive

The BMW Car Club of America annual banquet was the perfect place to introduce the BMW 1 Series M Coupe to the public.

Sep 1, 2010

The recent BMW Car Club of America annual banquet was used as the opportunity to introduce the much-anticipated BMW 1 Series M Coupe to the public. The car was partially unveiled by Dr Kay Segler, CEO of BMW M GmbH.

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Dr Segler promised the 1M would be "M Pure". Similar glimpses have been offered to other groups and given online, giving a tantalizing insight into what lies underneath. To date, the information gathered includes the color, which is Valencia orange metallic and will be exclusive to the 1M.

It appears to be sitting on 19" wheels similar to the M3 Competition Package under wider fenders, and has a intricately sculpted front spoiler with large brake cooling ducts.

Eurp_1009_02_o+bmw_1_series_m_coupe+unveiling Photo 3/6   |   First Glimpse of BMW 1-Series M Coupe - Web Exclusive

The car also gets the usual M signatures such as quad tailpipes, side vents in the fenders and M3-style mirrors on dual stalks. However, it doesn't appear to have a hood bulge from these photos.

Mechanically, there were rumors the car could be a four-cylinder turbo. However, it now appears more likely to be either the N54 3.0L six-cylinder twin turbo engine first seen in the 135i and 335i or more likely the newer N55 3.0L single-turbo motor that has generally replaced the N54. Power output currently isn't specified, but it would need to be to be higher than the 135i's current 300hp, but not as much as the M3's 400hp V8.

Eurp_1009_03_o+bmw_1_series_m_coupe+unveiling Photo 4/6   |   First Glimpse of BMW 1-Series M Coupe - Web Exclusive

Although little about the car is officially confirmed, there is also a rumor it will only be offered with a manual transmission, although this seems unlikely given the percentage of automatic transmission sales. A DCT twin-clutch, paddle-shift option would seem more likely. A limited-slip differential has also been seen on the car. More details will be revealed over time ahead of the car's full unveiling in December.

The recent BMW Car Club of America annual banquet was used as the opportunity to introduce the much-anticipated BMW 1 Series M Coupe to the public. The car was partially unveiled by Dr Kay Segler, CEO of BMW M GmbH.

Eurp_1009_04_o+bmw_1_series_m_coupe+unveiling Photo 5/6   |   First Glimpse of BMW 1-Series M Coupe - Web Exclusive

Dr Segler promised the 1M would be "M Pure". Similar glimpses have been offered to other groups and given online, giving a tantalizing insight into what lies underneath. To date, the information gathered includes the color, which is Valencia orange metallic and will be exclusive to the 1M. It appears to be sitting on 19" wheels similar to the M3 Competition Package under wider fenders, and has a intricately sculpted front spoiler with large brake cooling ducts.

The car also gets the usual M signatures such as quad tailpipes, side vents in the fenders and M3-style mirrors on dual stalks. However, it doesn't appear to have a hood bulge from these photos.

Eurp_1009_05_o+bmw_1_series_m_coupe+unveiling Photo 6/6   |   First Glimpse of BMW 1-Series M Coupe - Web Exclusive

Mechanically, there were rumors the car could be a four-cylinder turbo. However, it now appears more likely to be either the N54 3.0L six-cylinder twin turbo engine first seen in the 135i and 335i or more likely the newer N55 3.0L single-turbo motor that has generally replaced the N54. Power output currently isn't specified, but it would need to be to be higher than the 135i's current 300hp, but not as much as the M3's 400hp V8.

Although little about the car is officially confirmed, there is also a rumor it will only be offered with a manual transmission, although this seems unlikely given the percentage of automatic transmission sales. A DCT twin-clutch, paddle-shift option would seem more likely. A limited-slip differential has also been seen on the car.

More details will be revealed over time ahead of the car's full unveiling in December.

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