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BMW 1-Series M Coupe

Posted on 12.13.2010 17:00

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BMW has just released some new information about the long awaited 1-Series M Coupe, including engine information, release dates, and the toys it will carry.

Under the hood will be the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower. That motor will be connected to six-speed manual transmission. There will no automatic option with this vehicle. That motor should be more than enough to haul around the car’s 3,307-pound weight.

The M1 will feature a chassis, braking system, and rear differential similar to the M3. In total, that power and these tweaks have made the M1 faster than the E46 M3 around the Nordschleife.

Update 12/10/2010: The wait is finally over! BMW has decided to reveal today the official information on the most powerful 1-Series in their line-up: the M Coupe. Official debut will be made in January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show and sales will begin later in the spring. The new 1-Series M Coupe will be offered in three exterior colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic and Valencia Orange Metallic, last one of course being our favorite.

Taking inspiration from the 1988 BMW M3 Sport Evolution, the 1-Series M Coupe is 1.3 inches (33mm) longer than the M3. Also, compared to the 2011 BMW 135i Coupe, the new model is 0.2 inches longer, 2.1 inches wider, 0.5 inches taller, and rides on the same 104.7 inch wheelbase.

UPDATE 12/13/2010: A few days after it’s long-awaited unveiling, the 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe was already seen at the Nurburgring performing its cursory test laps to determine its official ’Ring lap time. The 2011 1-Series Coupe just finished its date around the ’Ring, clocking in a time of 8:12, which is about 10 seconds faster than the E46 M3. More importantly than that, BMW’s latest addition to the M family posted faster times than its other competitors, including the E60 M5, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and the Porsche Cayman S. Way to go, BMW!

BMW has also placed an online configurator for the new 1-Series M Coupe. And while the options are quite limited, putting together the coupe is quite entertaining!

Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe.

BMW 1-Series M Coupe originally appeared on on Monday, 13 December 2010 17:00 EST.

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