2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe unveiled [video]

0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds

Following an unrelenting teaser campaign, BMW has officially unveiled the 1-Series M Coupe.

Designed to be the spiritual successor to the original M3, the 1-Series M Coupe "embodies the unmistakable M feeling in a highly concentrated form." It features aggressive bumper fascias, bi-xenon headlights (with LED "eyebrows"), flared wheel arches, and 19-inch light-weight alloy wheels. Only three exterior colors will be available and they include Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic and Valencia Orange Metallic.

Inside, the cabin boasts sports seats, Boston leather upholstery, and Alcantara trim. Other goodies include a revised instrument cluster, a sport steering wheel, and orange contrast stitching. On the options list, customers will find dual-zone automatic climate control, comfort access, a Harman Kardon audio system, BMW ConnectedDrive (aka internet access), and GPS navigation with an 8.8-inch display.

As expected, power is provided by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with 250 kW (340 PS / 335 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission which allows the 1,495 kg (3,295 lb) car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 17.3 seconds, and onto an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). In terms of efficiency, expect an average fuel consumption of 9.6 L/100km (24.5 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 224 g/km.

To ensure the car handles like a proper BMW, engineers installed an aluminum-intensive suspension which uses a double pivot front axle and a five-link rear. Furthermore, the coupe has been fitted with an M differential that "responds to differences in rotational speeds in the right and left rear wheel, redirecting drive torque within a fraction of a second."

Despite being marketed as a 'pure' sports car, the 1-Series M boasts an alphabet soup of handling technology. Highlights include DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), Antilock Brakes (ABS), anti-slip control (ASC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), and Cornering Brake Control (CBC). When all else fails, the high performance braking system calls on internally-ventilated cast iron discs - that measure 360mm front / 350mm rear - to bring the action to a halt.

The 1-Series M Coupe will debut at the North American International Auto Show, before going on sale in Germany this May with a €50,500 (including VAT) price tag.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: BMW

The BMW 1-Series M Coupe


Inspiring through and through. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe.
The letter M now comes to the segment of the BMW 1 Series to symbolise outstanding power delivery and the highly dynamic driving properties of a high-performance sports car. In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the technology of a high-performance car is combined with the agility and lightness of a compact model to create a whole new dimension of sports-style driving pleasure. With this 2-door model, BMW M GmbH is now realising for the first time in this vehicle class its concept of racing-oriented performance characteristics in a car developed for everyday use . This further extends the company's model range, paving the way for younger target groups to be able to access the hallmark driving experience offered by an M car.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe embodies the unmistakable M feeling in a highly concentrated form. Its in-line 6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo and petrol direct injection develops a maximum output of 250 kW/340 bhp with an engine-speed-oriented characteristic curve typical of BMW M cars. With chassis technology derived directly from motor racing, a power-to-weight ratio reduced to 4.4 kilograms per bhp and precisely optimised aerodynamic components including innovative air curtains at the front end, supreme conversion of superior propulsion power into thrilling driving dynamics is guaranteed. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe accelerates in 4.9 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and reaches the 200 km/h mark after 17.3 seconds. In the area of efficiency, too, it achieves top figures within its performance category. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres, while CO2 emissions are at 224 grams per kilometre.

The outstanding sporty flair of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is outwardly expressed by the athletic character of its body design. In the exclusively designed interior of the 4-seater, high-quality materials and an M-specific cockpit create the ambience of a premium sports car. In its standard configuration, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe displays the concept harmony so characteristic of M cars: able to cope both with the extreme demands of the race track and the diverse challenges of everyday traffic. What is more, individual preferences in terms of comfort, safety and infotainment can be fulfilled with a model-specific selection of equipment options also available for the BMW 1 Series Coupe, including the BMW ConnectedDrive program.

Design: classic coupe proportions, M-style aesthetic appeal.
The dynamic proportions with which the BMW 1 Series Coupe proclaims a brand of driving pleasure unique within the competitive field provide the perfect foundation for the instantly fascinating appearance of the first ever high-performance model in the compact segment. Measuring 4,380 millimetres in length and 1,420 millimetres in height, the

BMW 1 Series M Coupe is the both the shortest and the flattest model in the BMW M GmbH range. It is also 55 millimetres wider than the BMW 135i Coupe: the width of 1,803 millimetres is the result and the expression of a track width at the front and rear axle optimised to enhance driving dynamics in a way which is specific to this model.

The design of the front end impressively reflects the outstanding performance capabilities of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The powerfully shaped front apron forms a homogeneous surface, dominated in the lower section by three large-format air intakes. In order to optimise the aerodynamic properties, so-called air curtains are used for the first time in serial production vehicle. The in-flowing air is routed into two ducts by means of openings in the outer section of the front apron. These openings are designed so that the air flows along the inside of the front apron in a closed duct to the wheel arches, where it is discharged through a very narrow opening at high speed, just passing the outer wheel flanks. The escaping air stream covers the side of the front wheels like a curtain, thereby reducing aerodynamically unfavourable turbulence around the wheel arches.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is fitted as standard with bi-xenon headlamps. The twin circular headlights characteristic of the brand are truncated in the upper section by an LED-fed positioning light. This is what creates the typical focussed look of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

With the greenhouse conveying an impression of lightness, the powerfully distinctive shoulder line and the elaborately sculpted surfaces symbolise precisely controllable athleticism from the side perspective. The wheel arches of the 2-door model bulge out especially voluminously at both the front and rear. One hallmark M feature is the chrome gill element on the front wheel arch which is particularly elongated. It bears both the side turn indicator and the M brand logo, as well as forming the starting point of the bead line running via the door openers to the rear. What is more, a vertical contour edge starts at the gill element which leads down to the side sill. Fine-tuning in the wind tunnel has also shaped the design of the exterior mirrors. In their basic shape they are the same as those of the BMW M3.

The powerfully arched wheel arches also make the rear of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe seem especially broad. Horizontally arranged lines accentuate this impression. A discreet spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid generates additional downforce on the rear axle at high speeds. The rear apron has side openings which echo the look of the air intakes in the front apron. The characteristic M visual symmetry is created by chrome twin tailpipes, each positioned towards the outer edges. L-shaped rear light clusters with red glass covers create a characteristic night-time illumination. Inside these, the rear light is provided by two light banks fed by LED units.

The exterior paint finishes Alpine White non-metallic, Sapphire Black metallic and the exclusive Valencia Orange metallic are available for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The standard 19-inch M light alloy wheels in Y-spoke design provide perfect road contact and a striking appearance.

In-line 6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo and engine-speed-related performance characteristics.
An in-line 6-cylinder engine with outstanding performance, sensational free-revving properties and long-lasting thrust provides the BMW 1 Series M Coupe with its power source for delivering supreme driving dynamics. The 3.0-litre power unit combines hallmark M performance characteristics with contemporary efficiency. It has been modified in M style so as to be able to handle the requirements of both everyday traffic and the race track. The result: with an engine output of 250 kW/340 bhp, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe achieves almost exactly the level of the third-generation BMW M3, while in terms of driving dynamics this compact, top-flight athlete is clearly superior to the latter model, which was replaced just a few years ago.

The M TwinPower Turbo Technology used in the BMW 1 Series M Coupe consists of two relatively small superchargers which, because of their low inertia moment, are active even at low engine speeds, each providing three cylinders with compressed air. This results in an unusually spontaneous level of responsiveness. The drivetrain provides its maximum torque of 450 newton metres at as little as 1500 rpm. This is available up into the 4500 rpm range and can be increased by another 50 newton metres in full throttle by means of an overboost function. The maximum level of 500 newton metres permits highly dynamic acceleration manoeuvres, and the forward thrust once again available after each gearshift makes for a linear speed increase typical of M vehicles. The engine reaches its maximum output at 5,980 rpm. With this engine-speed-related performance curve, the 6-cylinder power unit embodies the characteristic M properties of a high-performance engine: the BMW 1 Series M Coupe spurts in just 4.9 seconds from standing to 100 km/h, and the urge to accelerate is limited at 250 km/h by means of intervention in the engine control system.

The cooling system of the power unit is designed to enable it to do justice both to its outstanding performance potential and to the particularly high demands of constantly drawing on maximum power output. An additional separate radiator and a specific air duct deal with the increased thermal stress which can be generated by driving in a particularly sporty style on the race track.

The engine's outstanding efficiency is mainly due to direct injection which allows for high-precision fuel supply by means of piezo injectors placed centrally between the valves. In addition, Efficient Dynamics measures such as brake energy regeneration and needs-based control of auxiliary units ensure that the average fuel consumption on the EU test cycle is limited to 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions to 224 grams per kilometre.

The transmission of propulsion power in the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is taken care of by a 6-speed manual transmission. This newly developed transmission is operated using a very short M gearshift lever.

Chassis technology: low weight, high rigidity.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe has a chassis whose elements have run through BMW M GmbH's racing-oriented development process. Numerous key components were originally conceived for the BMW M3 and are now to be found in the compact high-performance coupe in modified form specifically adapted to the new model. In creating the vehicle set-up, a procedure which includes test runs on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the interaction of the engine, chassis and body was optimised here again so as to create a characteristic, consistent overall set of properties taking into account the low vehicle weight of 1,495 kilograms.

Both the double pivot front axle and the five-link rear axle of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe are made almost entirely of aluminium. Tubular stabilisers, axle links made of forged aluminium and aluminium shock absorbers round off the lightweight construction concept as applied to wheel suspension.

As standard: variable M differential lock, compound brakes, DSC with M Dynamic Mode, Servotronic.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is fitted as standard with a variable M differential lock. This generates lock-up torque as required and completely variably up to 100%, thus providing for optimum traction on all road surfaces. The variable M differential lock responds to differences in rotational speeds in the right and left rear wheel, redirecting drive torque within a fraction of a second. So where there are significant differences in friction coefficients between the right and left rear wheel, for example, optimum traction and maximum propulsion power are ensured. The principle of the engine-speed-sensing M differential lock supports the dynamic qualities of rear-wheel drive both on slippery surfaces and when accelerating out of bends.

The M-specific compound high-performance brake system of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe provides impressive stability even under extreme stress, as well as being extremely light. The design principle of the brake system is derived from motor racing and guarantees excellent deceleration figures with significantly reduced heat sensitivity. Their inner-vented and perforated grey cast iron discs with a diameter of 360 millimetres at the front and 350 millimetres at the rear are linked to the aluminium disc chamber on a floating basis by means of cast-in premium steel pins.

In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, power transmission to the rear wheels also provides the ideal basis for thrilling driving dynamics due to the consistent separation of drivetrain and steering functions. The rack-and-pinion steering is fitted with the hydraulic power steering system Servotronic which regulates its supportive effect in relation to road speed.

The driving stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe includes such elements as the Antilock Brake System (ABS), an anti-slip control function (ASC), the brake assistant Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), a drive-off assistant, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), an anti-fading function and a dry brake function. In the wet or on slippery surfaces the driving stability system intervenes early on but discreetly so as to prevent oversteering. As an alternative to normal operating status, the driver can activate M Dynamic Mode (MDM) by means of a switch on the instrument panel, thereby raising the intervention threshold of the driving stability control system. This facilitates driving off on snow or loose sand by means of controlled slip. MDM also enables specifically applied, dynamic oversteering.

Exclusive and characteristically M: sports car ambience on the inside.
It is not least due to the exclusive interior design that the unmistakable M feeling can be sensed even before the engine is started. The characteristic M cockpit and a model-specific colour and materials concept create a style which perfectly recreates a sports car ambience. The standard sports seats in Boston leather offer both driver and front passenger excellent lateral hold even when taking bends in dynamic style. The design, created exclusively for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, includes orange contrast stitching on the black surfaces of the seats and backrests as well as the M logo embossed in the front of the headrests.

It is characteristic of sports cars that dark colours dominate inside the vehicle, thereby enhancing the driver's concentration on the road. In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe this effect is created by the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual roof liner but also by the exclusive design of the interior trim strips, door panels and cockpit scoop in dark Alcantara. These design elements also feature the orange-coloured contrast stitching, as do the gearshift and handbrake lever gaiter. An M driver footrest and M entry sills round off the exclusively styled interior.

The model-specific design of the characteristic M cockpit in the BMW 1 Series M Coupe also contributes to optimum vehicle control. In the instrument panel, grey dial faces for the tachometer and a speed indicator going up to 300 km/h with red needles are combined with white display illumination.
The M leather steering wheel, which also comes as standard, has multifunction keys for operating the audio and telephone systems. In addition, the characteristic M button on the right steering wheel spoke enables the driver to switch spontaneously to a sports-style vehicle set-up. This configuration activates a particularly sporty characteristic curve in the engine control. Here, accelerator pedal commands are implemented with greater spontaneity.

Extensive range of standard equipment, high-quality options and innovative BMW ConnectedDrive features.
In addition to those features characteristic of M vehicles and other elements specific to this particular model which directly contribute to creating an exclusive driving experience in a high-performance sports car, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe also features an extensive range of standard equipment which underscores its premium character. The 2-door model shows its practical qualities with such features as four fully-fledged seats, a level of comfort which is geared towards covering lengthy distances and a luggage compartment with a capacity of 370 litres. Additional comfort needs can be fulfilled with a range of innovative options which are largely unique within the competitive field.

In addition to air conditioning and cruise control, the audio system BMW Radio Business with MP3-capable CD player and six speakers come as standard. Optional extras include two-zone automatic air conditioning, comfort access, a rain sensor, automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors, the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System and the navigation system Professional with hard drive storage. In conjunction with the navigation system the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is fitted with the operating system iDrive which enables control of infotainment, navigation and communication functions using the Controller and an 8.8-inch Control Display.

The range of features available from the BMW ConnectedDrive development area includes the driver assistance systems Adaptive Headlight and High Beam Assistant as well as Park Distance Control with sensors at the rear. In addition to unlimited use of the internet, BMW ConnectedDrive also provides access to internet-based services to optimise navigation and entertainment functions. Innovative technologies to integrate mobile phones and music players are available for the BMW 1 M Series Coupe in combination with the navigation system Professional including mobile phone preparation. Thanks to the new interface technology, the latest generation of the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPod touch can be controlled via the iDrive menu. As the latest addition to the range of office functions also developed within the BMW ConnectedDrive program, owners of a BlackBerry smartphone by the mobile phone manufacturer RIM (Research In Motion) can now display e-mails on the vehicle monitor of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe via Bluetooth.

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Comments (51)

alihijazi alihijazi
the 125 is enough
Dec 14th, 2010 7:06pm
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alihijazi alihijazi
everything is superb in this car except the price but in the end it is the spiritual E30 but still expensive
Dec 14th, 2010 7:05pm
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Takethat Takethat
More lipstick on the pig. The 1 series is one the the ugliest models BMW has produced. It is in good company in this stable. BMW = Big Money Waster
Dec 12th, 2010 1:43pm
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radmeister radmeister
Relax guys, this car is bi-turbo. Which makes it very customizable, there are kits for the standard N55 engine that approach 470hp. I mean the Akrapovic exhaust for the M3 will net you + 22hp, 35nm and -24kg. Sure it costs about 4000euro but if you want want to eat an m3 alive for less $ its very possible. This car will come in manual too judging by the photos. So a lightweight flywheel, exhaust manifold, intake, intercooler, akrapovic exhaust, larger oil cooler, turbo downpipe, a properly tuned ecu and you are pushing more power than the M3 with considerably less weight.
Dec 11th, 2010 9:57pm
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
I also think it needs a Carbon Fiber roof. innet ?
Dec 11th, 2010 8:33pm
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leeryboy90 leeryboy90
in rememberance of 2000 & 2002 turbo, this kind of compact sport cars will stick in minds for ever,specially when they r rear wheel drive RWD, perfect dynamic & lovely handling!
Dec 11th, 2010 7:28pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
I love //M, I love to drive and I also love car design, but from a design perspective, this is a bit over done. If only it were a bit more discreet.
Dec 11th, 2010 12:50pm
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mako001 mako001
I'm very disappointed with the power output and performance numbers. BMW could have boosted the inline 6 to produce around 400hp and made it faster than the current M3. They purposefully held back to avoid cannibalizing M3 sales. Because of that I vow to boycott both the M3 (which is now obviously dated) and this little halfhearted nuisance (I feel very strongly about this) made ONLY for a quick profit. I hope they don't hold back on the next M5. The M1 looks quite aggressive by the way, but could have delivered far more..
Dec 11th, 2010 7:10am
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
I know what you're getting at, its conception wasn't on the cards from the beginning and speculators (not purists) are only buying this very expensive afterthought only to find a much better vehicle around the corner. (Think 430 Scuderia vs F458)
Dec 11th, 2010 12:55pm
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
OMGodness.. that must be amazing to drive.
Dec 11th, 2010 3:06am
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BavarianMS BavarianMS
I would rock it, simply because its got turbos from the factory and it wont take much to dial them up to stupid limits.
Dec 11th, 2010 1:18am
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wcfuser14429 wcfuser14429
When I share this link to Facebook, A bloody pic of a bloody Audi comes up
Dec 10th, 2010 11:49pm
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shinderdp shinderdp
uhm, this makes no sense. Stock 135i + just a JB3 chip will produce more HP than this thing. I would never do it, and for the price definitely not. I sold my 2006 E60 M5 for $48,000, with less than 40k miles on it. IMHO that is a waaay better deal, except for the issue of not having a warranty anymore, which for an m5 could get expensive.
Dec 10th, 2010 11:32pm
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SmamaBello SmamaBello
Maybe the BMW fanatics will hate for saying this, but I am not impressed at this at all, for the money this car does 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, you kidding me!!!? I'd say the 335IS has much more potential then this, and looks like a complete car instead of small replica of "something" I am sorry but if this car is trying to compete with WRX's EVO's' Z's RS3's you gotta make it cheaper then that to justify a purchase! just being a BMW wont cut it this time BMW!!!!
Dec 10th, 2010 8:25pm
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norther norther
50.500 for this M1? how much was the RS3 again? man is this spicy or what. can someone bring me to light pls, and explain, why small cars are so expensive? for 50 grand i prefer the last generation audi S4 or S6...or a last gen M5.. or the non-facelifted Q7...or an A6 allroad. should i go on...
Dec 10th, 2010 7:37pm
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Paulds Paulds
Off course you could go, but it`s not the point to compare this one with a Q7?? C`mon... This kind of cars are for a very specific niche, like for example the TTRS, Porsche Cayman, etc...
Dec 10th, 2010 9:12pm
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Paulds Paulds
And, norther, you could buy 50 TATA NANO too! hahahaha
Dec 11th, 2010 12:20am
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In my recent WCF community work submission titled "Commentary: 2010 BMW World Singapore "; I commented on how BMW "enjoyed making money developing niche vehicles for niche markets (as long there is economic viability) it can ever thought of", which was not really satisfactory. However, I would want to make one exception; I feel "joy" when this baby pocket Bimmer was officially released - and hope BMW would continue to do so (for developing hardcore driving machines).
Dec 10th, 2010 7:22pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Hard choice... This or an RS3. Both cars are just outstanding but this look a tad awkward, so it has gotta be the Audi for me.
Dec 10th, 2010 6:08pm
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Paulds Paulds
Like a lot! Maybe a little much in the front but I rather this than RS3 any day! I want to see a comparison with this with a TTRS and a Cayman R, please! And of course this is a really a M car! This really means "freude am fahren" well done, BMW, for 50000 Euro is a good price
Dec 10th, 2010 5:50pm
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quattrosport quattrosport
BM' is definitively a disaster esthetically speaking. Too bad because they build pretty good engines/chassis ....
Dec 10th, 2010 5:49pm
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alejandromad alejandromad
It's so ugly!
Dec 10th, 2010 5:48pm
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Microice Microice
Never did lyk this car coz it jus felt lyk a Z4 wit seats in the back. On the expensive side considering its not much better than 135i or second hand Rs4 or M3. So...no
Dec 10th, 2010 4:06pm
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Paulds Paulds
Is not only the power, but all the performance at makes this completely different to the 135
Dec 10th, 2010 6:58pm
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I'm already bored with it.
Dec 10th, 2010 4:01pm
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