BMW has finally revealed the 1 Series M Coupe – the smallest M car in its range. The 1 Series M Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six that delivers the same 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque as it does in the Z4sDrive35iS. This makes it the first M model with a standard production powerplant.
The engine has an overboost function that provides an additional 37 lb-ft of torque for short periods. 0-60 mph comes in 4.7sec (0.1sec slower than the M3) and the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
From the launch only a six-speed manual gearbox is offered, though rumors are already circulating that a twin-clutch DCT gearbox will be available in the future.
The 1 Series M Coupe weighs 1495kg, and has a power-to-weight ratio of 224bhp per tonne. Compared to the 135i coupe, the 1 Series M Coupe is lowered by 20mm, front and rear track have been increased by 71 and 46mm respectively. The brakes are the same as on M3, with 360mm vented and drilled discs at the front and 350mm ones at the rear.
This new small M car rides on 19-inch M alloys fitted with 245/35 tyres up front and 265/35 tyres out back. Three exterior colours will be available:Alpine White non-metallic, Sapphire Black metallic and Valencia orange.
As you can see from the images below BMW is comparing the 1 Series M Coupe with the E30 M3 coupe, which is as considered as the purest M car by many enthusiasts. Sales will start in May and pricing is expected to start at around £38,000.